Lafayette offers opportunities for choral singing to every member of the College community.
Concert Chorus is made up of all students from around the school (and around the world) who love to sing, regardless of major. Rehearsals for this 1/4 credit ensemble are Monday and Wednesday from 4:15-5:25pm Williams Center for the Arts, room 123. Highlights of recent years include a performance of Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, John Rutter’s Mass of the Children, performance tours to Italy and Costa Rica, premiere works by Gabriela Lena Frank, Mulgrew Miller, Libby Larsen, and Svetlana Bukvich, Yankee Stadium halftime show for Lafayette/Lehigh’s 150th rivalry game, singing for the Homecoming games, trips to NYC for The Nutcracker and NYC Master Chorale, and a Lafayette Choral Reunion with graduates from the 1940s to the 2010s. We are an eclectic group performing traditional works throughout the ages as well as a modern concert-in-the-dark, combining acoustic voice with electronics, commissioning new works, and collaborating with other ensembles in the Valley, and international soloists and ensembles.
Chamber Singers is a select, auditioned group chosen from members of the Concert Chorus. This 1/4 credit ensemble meets directly after Concert Chorus on Mondays and Wednesdays. Members of CS are those students willing to take musical risk, sing moderately advanced independent parts, and is comfortable working as part of a small team. CS sings a variety of chamber ensemble music from the Middle Ages to the 21stC. Highlights of recent years include a collaboration with the early music Musicians in Ordinary, attending workshops with New York Voices, Bobby McFerrin, and Cantus, major works by Fauré, Rutter, and Vaughan Williams, Carnegie Hall performance, Yankee Stadium halftime show for Lafayette/Lehigh’s 150th rivalry game, performance tours to Italy, Costa Rica, and New England, a Madrigal Dinner, frequent performances at Lafayette’s Chateau Chavaniac, collaboration with the Allentown Symphony, and the performance of an improvised work in collaboration with art installation by Nestor Gil.
Jennifer Kelly, director of choral activities, conducts the choirs.