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The Rowan University


University Choirs
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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 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


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

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