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The Rowan University

Program

University Choirs
High School Festivals and Camps
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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 52 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 1:45-2:35. 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.



Members of Concert Choir in Budapest 2013


The Rowan University
Men's Chorus

Dr. Christopher B. Thomas, conductor
Maximillian Esmus,assistant-conductor

Leonardo Soria, 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 4:45-6:00 pm. The ensemble focuses on music fundamentals, music reading, and techniques to improve the singing voice. There is no requirement to join Statesmen, but all new members should register for a time to meet with the director through the "audition" link below prior to the first rehearsal of the semester. A willingness to learn and be a part of a dynamic and fun musical ensemble at Rowan is required.


The Rowan University
Women's Chorus

Prof. Jack Hill, conductor
Benjamin Patterson, assistant conductor
Tamara Benitez, 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 12:15-1:30) 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 for music reading to become a part of WOCHO, but only a willingness to learn and be a part of a dynamic and fun group of Rowan women.


Calendar of Choral Events 2013-2014

September

Clarence Miller Room Dedication and Scholarship Concert
September 28, 2013 ~ 8:00 pm
Pfleeger Hall, $20/$25

October

Young Men's Festival of Song
October 23, 2013 ~ 1:00 pm
Pfleeger Hall

Celestial Sonorities and Shakespearean Sonnets
October 26, 2013 ~ 8:00 pm
Pfleeger Hall, $10

November

Cherubini Requiem
Concert Choir and University Orchestra
November 24, 2013 ~ 3:00 pm
St. Mark's Church in Philadelphia, $10

December

Marie Rader Holiday Concert
December 6, 2013 ~ 7:30 pm
Pfleeger Hall, Ticket Cost $TBD

Atlantic Brass Band and Concert Choir
December 8, 2013 ~ 3:00 pm
St. Mark's Church in Philadelphia

February

Young Women's Festival of Song
February 26, 2014 ~ 1:00 pm
Pfleeger Hall

March

Carmina Burana
March 1, 2014 ~ 8:00 pm
Pfleeger Hall, $10

May

Misa Criolla and the Sounds of Latin America
March 3, 2014 ~ 8:00 pm
Pfleeger Hall, $10

August

International Tour to Italy


Join the Choral Program!

Do you like music? Do you like to sing? Are you looking for an Arts and Creative Experience General Education Class? The Choral Program has classes for you!

The choirs are one credit General Education courses. Three semesters of an ensemble will meet your ACE (Artistic and Creative Experience ) requirement.

Women may register for Women's Choir which rehearses Tuesday and Thursday from 12:15-1:30 pm.

Register in BANNER

Men may register for Men's Choir which rehearses Tuesday and Thursday from 4:45-6:00 pm.

Register in BANNER

If you'd like to meet the director before class or be considered for another choir, please click the link below to sign up for a choral placement hearing.


Young Men's Festival of Song
Fall 2014 Date Forthcoming


 

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

The cost is low; the benefit is rich.

All male high school students in grades 9-12 are welcome to participate. Directors may bring full ensembles or a small group of men.

Students should arrive at the festival knowing the music to ensure the best musical experience possible. Rehearsals should not include teaching notes, rhythm, or texts.

 



Second Annual Young Women's
Festival of Song

2014 Was a Great Success
348 Women!




 



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

The cost is low; the benefit is rich.

All female high school students in grades 9-12 are welcome to participate. Directors may bring full ensembles or a small group of women.

Students should arrive at the festival knowing the music to ensure the best musical experience possible. Rehearsals should not include teaching notes, rhythm, or texts.


Choral Faculty

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

Current MM Students in Choral Conducting
Maximillian Esmus,Statesmen assistant conductor
Benjamin Patterson, WOCHO assistant conductor



Past Seasons

2012-2013


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


WOCHO and Statesmen Concert

April 26, 2013 ~ 8:00 p.m.
Boyd Recital Hall


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

Erma, NJ


First Annual Young Womens Festival of Song
February 27, 2013 ~ 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Pfleeger Concert Hall


WOCHO and Statesmen Concert

November 17, 2012 ~ 8:00 p.m.
Boyd Recital Hall


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


Fifth Annual Young Mens Festival of Song
October 24, 2012 ~ 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Pfleeger Concert Hall


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