Fall 2020 the Claremont Concert Choir-Pandemic Version will be an online experience exploring choral repertoire and individual choral singing skills. An audition will not be required (see the Auditions page for more information). The study of repertoire will be from the renaissance to the present through listening to works, learning about history and repertoire structure, and singing excerpts. The skills portion will include vocal and sight singing work. We will plan to create a “virtual choir” performance of a piece or two during the semester. The class will meet synchronously on Zoom at least once per week (MW 6:00-7:15 pm Pacific time), with asynchronous individual work as well. The course is still 0.5 CR (1 CR at HMC).
The choirs are open to all students by audition. The singers represent the four constituent colleges and a wide variety of academic majors, including music, as well as the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and other arts. Many singers in the choirs take voice lessons, which are available through the Scripps College Department of Music.
The Claremont Concert Choir
The Claremont Concert Choir of Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges was created in the fall of 1963 with the combination of the Scripps College Women’s Glee Club and the CMC Stag Chorus. The choir is currently a 60-70-voice mixed ensemble of students and other community members. The Claremont Concert Choir specializes in major choral and orchestral works from the Baroque era to the 20th century, as well as a cappella motets and part songs from the renaissance to the present. Regular rehearsals are held Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:35-6:45 p.m. during each semester. Academic credit is available for the class (MUS 173, 0.5 CR or 1 CR at HMC) which may be repeated. The Claremont Concert Choir has performed with the Atlanta Symphony, the Santa Monica Symphony, the Utah Symphony, the Orange County Symphony, the Xiamen (China) Philharmonic, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, as well as its regular series with the Claremont Concert Orchestra.
The Claremont Treble Singers
The Claremont Treble Singers of Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges will be officially offered for the first time in Spring 2018. The Claremont Treble Singers specializes in music for soprano and alto voices from the middle ages to the present, both accompanied and a cappella. Claremont Treble Singers can be taken and repeated for credit (MUS 176, 0.5 CR or 1 CR at HMC). Regular Claremont Treble Singers rehearsals are Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:15-5:25 p.m. during each semester.
The choirs are members of the Pacific Southwest Intercollegiate Choral Association.
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