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The Rowan University

Dr. Christopher B Thomas, conductor
Mrs. Bette Holladay, pianist

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 from 2-3pm. 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
Ben Patterson, assistant 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

Prof. Jack Hill, conductor
John Krystyniak, assistant 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 12:30-1:45) 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 2014-2015

October

Young Men's Festival of Song
October 22, 2014 ~ 1:00 pm
Pfleeger Hall

Concert Choir Concert
October 25, 2014 ~ 8:00 pm
Pfleeger Hall, $10

November

WOCHO/Statesmen Fall Concert
November 13, 2014 ~ 8:00 pm
Pfleeger Hall, $10

December

Marie Rader Holiday Concert
December 6, 2014 ~ 7:30 pm
Pfleeger Hall, Ticket Cost $TBD

Handel's Messiah
December 9, 2014 ~ 8:00 pm
Pfleeger Hall, $10

February

Rowan University's High School Choral Festival
February 9-10, 2015

March

Concert Choir Concert
March 28, 2015
Haddonfield Center and School for the Performing Arts
Haddonfield, N.J.

Concert Choir Concert
March 29, 2015
Six Mile Run Reformed Church

April

WOCHO/Statesmen Spring Concert
April 29, 2015 ~ 8:00 pm
Pfleeger Hall, $10

May

Concert Choir and Orchestra Concert
May 2, 2015 ~ 8:00 pm
Pfleeger Hall, $10


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

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

Concert Choir Audition Information

Concert Choir Required Audition Excerpt : Auditions are closed at this time

Register for a Concert Choir Audition : Auditions are closed at this time


Young Men's Festival of Song
October 21, 2015


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

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

The cost is low; the benefit is rich.

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

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 (Students interested in a career in music may choose to have lunch with Dr. Thomas)
12:15-1:00 Final Group Rehearsal
1:15-1:30 Informance

 


!!! Rowan University High School Choral Festival !!!
February 9-10, 2015 **This is a change to accomodate state testing

Your High School Choir is invited to perform at the Rowan University High School Choral Festival! All choirs will receive an on-stage clinic and then benefit from hearing other choirs from the region perform. All groups will leave with written comments from Rowan Choral Faculty.

Each choir will have a 30-minute warm-up period and then proceed to the newly remodeled Pfleeger Hall to perform 3-4 selections. Following the performance and on-stage clinic, the choir will join the audience for the balance of the time-slot. Choirs are not required to stay the entire day, but should stay through an entire time slot out of respect for your fellow performers. I do believe, however, that listening to as many choirs as possible can be the best part of the experience.

The format: Monday and Tuesday Event Schedule

 

Warm-Up
Wilson 153

Performance and
Clinic
Pfleeger Hall
8:00-8:30
School A
 
8:30-9:00
School B
School A
9:00-9:30
School C
School B
9:30-10:00  
School C
9:45-10:15 School D  
10:15-10:45 School E School D
10:45-11:15 School F School E
11:15-11:45   School F
11:30-12:00
School G
 
12:00-12:30
School H
School G
12:30-1:00
School I
School H
1:00-1:30
School I

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time Slots: 8-10am; 9:45-11:45am; 12-1:30pm

Concessions/Lunch available for purchase throughout the entire day.

Cost: $200 per ensemble


On-Stage Clinicians

Dr. Cory Granschow
Choral Music Education,
Western Connecticut State University
Dr. Christopher Thomas
DCA, Rowan University

Written Comments


Prof. Jack Hill
Choral Faculty at Rowan University
Clearview High School, retired
Prof. Art McKenzie
Choral Faculty at Rowan University
Overbrook High School, retired

 


Choral Faculty

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

Current MM Students in Choral Conducting
John Krystyniak, WOCHO assistant conductor
Benjamin Patterson, Statesmen assistant conductor



Past Season Highlights

 


Misa Criolla and the Sounds of Latin America

March 3, 2014 ~ 8:00 pm
Pfleeger Hall


Carmina Burana

March 1, 2014 ~ 8:00 pm
Pfleeger Hall


Cherubini Requiem
Concert Choir and University Orchestra
November 24, 2013 ~ 3:00 pm
St. Mark's Church in Philadelphia

Celestial Sonorities and Shakespearean Sonnets
October 26, 2013 ~ 8:00 pm
Pfleeger Hall


Clarence Miller Room Dedication and Scholarship Concert

September 28, 2013 ~ 8:00 pm
Pfleeger Hall


Seasons
with Concert Choir
May 3, 2013 ~ 8:00 p.m.
The Presbyterian Church at Woodbury
Woodbury, NJ 08096


A French Portrait of Life, Love & Death
March 2, 2013 ~ 8:00 p.m.
Pfleeger Concert Hall
March 3, 2013 ~ 5:00 p.m.
St. Luke and the Epiphany
Philadelphia, PA 19107


Holiday Concert
December 9, 2012 ~ 7:30
Pitman Presbyterian Church
Pitman, NJ
December 12, 2012 ~ 7:30
Tabernacle United Methodist Church

Erma, NJ


The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Marie Rader Holiday Show
with Special Guest, Louise Mandrell
December 8, 2012 ~ 7:00 p.m.
Pfleeger Concert Hall


A European Homecoming
October 27, 2012 ~ 8:00 p.m.
Pfleeger Concert Hall