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VOCAL ENSEMBLES

Welcome to the fall 2020 semester at Moravian College! Membership in any of the Moravian College choral ensembles is open by audition to all Moravian students, faculty, and staff, as well as anyone from the Lehigh Valley community. (Please note; due to the Coronavirus situation, community members must participate only virtually).

We have four ensembles available to all students, faculty, and staff:

  • Women's Chorus - treble voices
  • Men's Chorus - tenor and baritone voices
  • College Choir*  - mixed voices
  • Chorale* - select mixed voices

*Note: you must be in Women's or Men's Chorus in order to sing in the College Choir and Chorale.

Given the current health situation, Vespers will not be performed live this December, and instead, we will be creating a Vespers Video!

In addition, members of choral ensembles will not be meeting all at the same time. As a result, much of the initial music learning will be done online.  We will learn parts on our own (with prepared study recordings) and together (in short Zoom sessions). Eventually, we will rehearse (and ultimately record) in-person in small, spread-out groups.

Given the need for scheduling flexibility, members of all the ensembles should reserve these times for in-person and Zoom rehearsals:

  • Mondays 5:30pm-6:30pm
  • Wednesdays 5:30pm-7:30pm

It's new territory for all of us, but it will be a fun challenge to use technology to create something fun and special for our holiday season.

NEW SINGERS:

  • If you have not sung in Moravian College Choral ensembles before, FILL OUT THIS FORM
  • You will have the choice of 1 of  two ways to audition:
    • You can email a video recording of your singing "The National Anthem" a cappella and prepare and record a short section of new music.
    • You can sign up for a 10-minute Zoom session, during which you will sing "The National Anthem" a cappella and sight-read a short section of music.

RETURNING MEMBERS:

 

For further information about the vocal music program at Moravian College, please contact the Director of Vocal Music, Dr. Paula Ring Zerkle at zerkle@moravian.edu.

For Vespers ticket information, please contact the Community Vespers Ticket Hotline at 610-625-7880.

See below for more information on the ensembles in the choral program:

Here are some other vocal ensembles available in the music department. Contact the director for more information.


Moravian College Choir and Moravian Chorale

Director: Dr. Paula Ring Zerkle
Audition Info: Auditions are held on the first day of each semester.
Rehearsals:  Mondays, 5:30pm-6:30pm and Wednesdays 5:30pm-7:30pm (on Zoom and in-person in Peter and Hearst Halls

Vespers 2016

The Moravian Choir and its approximately 75 women and men have been an integral performing ensemble of Moravian's noted Department of Music for over four decades. The group consists primarily of Moravian College students, and although many of them are music majors, many come from such diverse majors as biology, chemistry, history, education, math, and English. The ensemble also includes a number of members from the Lehigh Valley community.  One must be a member of either Women's Chorus or Men's Chorus in order to participate in this ensemble.

The choir has sung around the United States, the Caribbean, and in many countries in Europe and the Middle East, including England, France, Germany, Holland, Austria, Russia, Greece, Czechoslovakia and Israel. In January 1998, the choir toured England and Scotland with the Women's Chorus and Wind Ensemble, and in the spring of 2001, the same ensembles toured Germany. They have performed several times at the Czech Embassy in Washington D.C. and at Home Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C..  In 2008, members of the choir had a 12-day performance tour in Germany, Italy, and Austria.

The Moravian Chorale is a subset of the College Choir and performs additional, more intense and challenging, repertoire. They are self-selected from the choir, but their participation must be approved by the director. They rehearse during the same time slot as the College Choir.

Rehearsals for both groups will be held Mondays from 5:30pm-6:30pm and Wednesdays from 5:30pm-7:30pm in Peter and Hearst Halls in the Music Building of the Hurd Center for Music and Art. The group is open by audition to all Moravian College students, faculty, and staff, and all members of the Lehigh Valley community.


Women's Chorus and Men's Chorus

Director: Dr. Paula Ring Zerkle
Audition Info: Auditions are held from on the first day of class in the fall semester - at the same time as the Moravian Choir auditions.
Rehearsals: Mondays, 5:30pm-6:30pm and Wednesdays 5:30pm-7:30pm (on Zoom and in-person in Peter and Hearst Halls

womens chorus

The Moravian College Women's Chorus (SSAA) and Men's Chorus (TTBB) meet on Mondays and alternate their rehearsal times weekly between 4:00pm-5:30pm and 5:30pm-7:00pm. They perform in the Christmas Vespers Services in December, as well as in small events and recitals on and off campus. Anyone wanting to participate in the mixed ensembles must also sing in one of these groups. The ensemble consists of Moravian College students, alumni, and members of the Lehigh Valley community.


Vocalis

Director: Dr. Paula Ring Zerkle
Audition Info: Members of Vocalis are selected by the director from the Moravian Chorale. 
Rehearsals: Mondays, 6:30pm-7:30pm in Peter and Hearst Halls, South Campus

Vocalis is a small, mixed, a cappella vocal ensemble of 8 singers, whose members are chosen from the Moravian College Choir. They perform for functions on and off campus, and their repertoire includes a range of styles including early music, vocal jazz, and recently composed works. 


Opera Ensemble

Director: Suzanne Kompass
Audition Info: Email kompasss@moravian.edu or call 610-861-1650 for more information
Rehearsals: On hiatus 2020-21


Song & Stagecraft

Director: Suzanne Kompass
Audition Info: Email kompasss@moravian.edu or call 610-861-1650 for more information
Rehearsals: On hiatus 2020-21

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the Department of Music at music@moravian.edu or call 610-861-1650.