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VOCAL ENSEMBLES

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.

Auditions for the Men's Chorus, Women's Chorus, College Choir, and Moravian Chorale are on Monday 26 August from 3:30pm-7pmUse this link to sign up for an audition. Bring a song of your choice (classical, Broadway, pop) to the audition or be ready to sing the “National Anthem." Accompaniment will be provided if you have sheet music. You will be asked to do some sight-singing and vocal exercises. Before coming to your audition, make sure you fill out this information form.

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 or leave a message at 610-861-1681.

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:  Wednesdays, 4:00pm-6:00pm in Peter Hall, South Campus

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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 are Wednesdays from 4:00pm to 6:00pm in Peter Hall 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.

Upcoming performances include:

  • Saturday 10 November, 3pm - St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Breinigsville, PA. Free will donation.
  • Saturday 23 November, 7:30pm - Vespers Preview Concert, Foy Concert Hall. Free will donation.
  • Friday and Saturday 6-7 December, 8pm - Vespers at Central Moravian Church. Call 610-625-7880 for tickets. Free will donation.
  • Sunday 8 December, 5pm - Vespers at Central Moravian Church. Tickets required. Free will donation
  • Friday and Saturday 13-14 December, 8pm - Vespers at Central Moravian Church. Tickets required. Free will donation
  • Sunday 9 December, 5pm - Vespers at Central Moravian Church. Tickets required. Free will donation
  • Saturday 25 April 7:30pm - Spring Choral Concert 

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, alternating weekly from 4:00pm-5:30pm and 5:30pm-7:00pm in Peter Hall, South Campus

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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: Wednesdays, 6:00PM-7:00PM in Peter Hall, 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: TBA


Song & Stagecraft

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

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.