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The Rowan University

Dr. Christopher B Thomas, conductor

Rowan University Concert Choir prepares singers for professional conducting, teaching, and singing careers. The choir boasts members consisting primarily of vocal performance, education, and bachelor of arts majors, but also includes select non-music majors who possess superior musical skills. Concert Choir rehearses four times per week, Monday through Thursday. The focus of this ensemble centers on artistic music making where vocal technique and sensitivity to rhetoric combine in strong community. The group is very active and passionate as ambassadors for choral music throughout the region and tours internationally every other year.

Members of Concert Choir After Performing in
St. Peters Basilica in Vatican City, 2014
William Marshall, photo credit

Members of Concert Choir in Budapest, 2013


The Rowan University
Men's Chorus

Professor Art McKenzie, conductor
Cristina Loscutova, pianist

The Rowan University Statesmen Men's Chorus is made up of men from across campus and beyond. The choir consists primarily of Rowan University non-music majors, but also includes RU professors, and outstanding area high school students who have passed a successful audition. Statesmen rehearses each Tuesday and Thursday evening from 5-6:15 pm. The ensemble focuses on music fundamentals, music reading, and techniques to improve the singing voice. There is no requirement to join Statesmen aside from a willingness to learn and be a part of a dynamic ensemble.


The Rowan University
Women's Chorus

Dr. Christopher Thomas, conductor
Leonardo Soria, pianist

The Rowan Women's Chorus (or "WOCHO" [woh-koh]) is an ensemble focused on treble choir literature, healthy vocal production, music reading and a cohesive, friendly learning environment. WOCHO rehearses twice a week (TR 2-3:15) and is a non-auditioned group open to all female students, faculty and staff. The group performs each season in the beautiful Pfleeger Concert Hall or Boyd Recital Hall.There is no requirement to join WOCHO aside from a willingness to learn and be a part of a dynamic ensemble.


Calendar of Choral Events 2016-2017

October

Concert Choir Concert
"The Good Samaritan"

October 23, 2015 ~ 2:00 pm
Pfleeger Hall, $10

Young Men's Festival of Song
October 26, 2016
Pfleeger Hall


Want to Join a Choir?

Participating in a Choral Ensemble counts toward the Rowan General Education Artistic and Creative Experience (ACE) Requirement.

There is no audition for the Men's or Women's Choirs. Simply register in Banner as you would for any other course.

Not a Rowan student, but want to participate? The Men's Choir is open to community members through Rowan Prep. Contact Dr. Skrupky in the prep office at rowan.edu/rowanprep for more information.


Young Men's Festival of Song
October 26, 2016

This year we are thrilled to welcome CANTUS as guest clinicians for our festival!

www.cantussings.org

Rehearsals, sectional work, performances, concert in conjunction with
Rowan Concert Choir, and time to connect with other young men.

All male high school students in grades 8-12 are welcome to participate. Directors may bring full ensembles or a small group of men.

Traditional Festival
8:30 Registration
8:45-9:00 Group Warm-Up
9:00-9:15 Rowan University Statesmen Performance
9:15-10:20 Group Rehearsal (with cameo performances from male students and faculty interspersed)
10:30-11:45 Group Rehearsal
11:45-12:15 Lunch
12:15-1:15 Final Group Rehearsal
1:15-1:30 Informance

Cost: $12 per student which includes music and lunch. There is no responsibility for teaching music to your students before the event.

Optional Afternoon Extension
2:00-3:00 Tour of Campus and Rowan Boulevard. See our beautiful campus on a guided tour for a glimpse into college life.
3:30-4:30 Rowan University Concert Choir Performance and Open Rehearsal
4:30-5:00 Q&A with Rowan University Faculty and Students

Free

Optional Cantus Concert
7-8:15 "No Greater Love Than This"
Pfleeger Concert Hall
www.cantussings.org

Cost: Discounted price of $10 per ticket for festival participants, teachers, and chaperones.


Choral Faculty

Dr. Christopher B. Thomas, Director of Choral Activities : email
Professor Art McKenzie, Statesmen conductor : email