Music Department - Ensembles - Choral/Vocal

Choral/Vocal Ensembles

Concert Choir (MU 105/305) is the largest choir on campus (approximately 75-100 singers), and does not require an audition to participate. Simply enroll in the course and singers will be placed according to voice type after the semester begins.  Anyone can enroll in Concert Choir; majoring in music is not required.  Approximately 50% of the choir is composed of non-music majors, from freshmen through seniors.  Concert Choir generally performs a wide variety of musical styles, and presents four concerts each year. Members of Concert Choir are eligible to join with all other Fort Lewis Choirs on international performance tours, like the most recent one to Czech Republic, Austria, and Germany in May of 2018.Concert Choir

 

Chamber Choir (MU 106/306) is a highly select mixed ensemble (approximately 30 voices). Students must audition to participate in this choir. Auditions typically take place in the first two days of each semester. The group performs a variety of music, concentrating generally on advanced choral works written for chamber ensembles. The audition process requires a prepared solo piece, melodic and rhythmic sight reading, and vocalization. Singers should be able to sing well in tune, have a flexible and expressive singing voice, and have some knowledge of music reading.Chamber Choir

 

Men’s Choir (MU 300) is a select group of tenors and basses. Music majors, music minors, non-music majors, and occasionally community members are encouraged to audition, continuing the American tradition of singing men for over twenty-five years. The Men’s Choir has a busy performance schedule, and part of its mission is to encourage singing among young and school-aged males by setting an excellent example of the beautiful-sounding blend of lower voices.

Mens Choir

 

Women’s Choir (MU 307) is a select group of treble voices. The women’s choir performs moderate to advanced repertoire in the tradition of female choirs, from serious classical selections to light novelty pieces. The Women’s Choir also provides an opportunity for women to come together and discuss issues facing gender roles in modern society, and provides an area of support and friendship among students looking for a social outlet. Audition is required. FLC Women

 

Hawkappella (MU 140/340), Fort Lewis College’s “pop” choral ensemble, is a highly select a cappella choir comprised of about 16 singers.  The group performs modern popular music often with a beat-box (vocal percussion) and some choreography.  Students interested in auditioning for this ensemble should prepare an unaccompanied vocal solo in the pop, jazz, or musical theatre style, and be prepared to do some simple sight reading and aural testing.  Singers chosen for this ensemble will be outstanding soloists, but also able to work well in a vocal ensemble setting.Hawkappella

 

Scenes from the Musical Stage (MU 139/339) meets Wednesdays from 3:35-6:00 every fall semester. Students in the course study and perform fully staged ensemble scenes from the musical theatre, opera, and operetta repertoire. Student performers have opportunities to sing in the community and area schools, as well as on the Fort Lewis College campus. Scenes from the Musical Stage is open to all FLC students by audition.

Scenes from the Musical Stage


 

 

 

Choral/Vocal Faculty

Dr. Charissa Chiaravalloti
Director of Choral Activities

Dr. Kerry Ginger
Assistant Professor of Music
Coordinator of Voice Studies

Erik Gustafson
Instructor of Voice

Become a Music Major:

Admission/Scholarship Procedures and Application

2019 Audition Dates:

  • February 9, 2019
  • March 16, 2019
2018-2019 Performances

September 21, 2018

Chamber choir performs at a special tour of Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde (This performance is not open to the public.)

October 19, 2018, 7:00 pm, Concert Hall
Choir Concert

  • Concert Choir
  • Chamber Choir
  • Men's Choir
  • Hawkappella
  • Women's Choir

October 20th, 2018, 7:00 pm, "He and She" 

Men's Choir performs with the Durango Women's Choir, Linda Mack Berven, director, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church.

November 30, 2018, 7:00 pm, Concert Hall
Annual Music Department Holiday Concert

All of the choirs and the symphonic band perform.

December 5, 2018, 7:00 pm, Roshong Recital Hall

  • Scenes from the Musical Stage
  • Vocal Studio

February 22, 2019, 7:00 pm, Concert Hall 
Choir Concert

  • Concert Choir
  • Chamber Choir
  • Men's Choir
  • Hawkappella
  • Women's Choir

April 18, 2019, 7:00 pm, Concert Hall
Choir Concert

  • Concert Choir
  • Chamber Choir
  • Men's Choir
  • Hawkappella
  • Women's Choir