The Cornell University Chorus hosted its first Collegiate Treble Choir Conference March 3 - 5, 2017. As part of the theme “Empowerment Through Music," the Chorus celebrated the history of treble choral performance, discussed the role of women’s choirs on a contemporary college campus, and thought deeply about how involvement in choral programs empowers singers during their time in college and beyond.
The conference was kicked off with a presentation (open to the public!) by Maggie Wheeler, a choral director and actress most known for her role as Janice on Friends. The Chorus and visiting choirs then spent the weekend participating in workshops focused on leadership, musicianship, and the role of women in both musical and non-musical communities.
Keynote Address by Maggie Wheeler- Friday, March 3, 4:30-5:30PM, Alice Statler Auditorium
Concert I (featuring the New York University Women's Choir and the Mount Holyoke Glee Club)- Friday, March 3, 8:00PM, Sage Chapel
Concert II (featuring the Radcliffe Choral Society, Smith College Chamber Singers, and Cornell University Chorus)- Saturday, March 4, 8:00PM, Bailey Hall
College of William & Mary Women's Chorus
The College of William and Mary, a public university in Williamsburg, Virginia, is the second-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Established in 1693 William and Mary is proud of its role as the Alma Mater of generations of American patriots, leaders and public servants. It continues this tradition of excellence by combining the best features of an undergraduate college with the opportunities offered by a modern research university. The Women's Chorus is one of three departmentally sponsored choral ensembles. The women, selected by audition, represent a diverse array of majors including neuroscience, music, history, linguistics and religion. The Chorus tours annually and has given concerts along the East Coast from Savannah, GA to NYC including performances at The US Naval Academy, The Cathedral of St Matthew the Apostle (DC), and St James';s Episcopal Church (Richmond). In 2012, the chorus premiered two movements of a multi movement work The Eternally Clear Water of Mind composed by Brian Hulse for the visit of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama to William and Mary. They were the invited guest choir at the Syracuse University Women's Music Festival in 2013 and will take their 2017 tour to Arlington, Charlottesville, and Richmond, Virginia.
Mount Holyoke College Glee Club
Founded in 1877, the Mount Holyoke College Glee Club has a rich and diverse history that spans over one hundred years. Their goal as an ensemble is to embrace and maintain these traditions while stretching the boundaries of choral singing through sound, pedagogy, and repertoire.
New York University Women's Choir
NYU Women’s Choir is a large ensemble of upwards of 65 singers dedicated to the joy of choral music. Challenging repertoire includes music from Renaissance to Contemporary and all things in between. The Women’s Choir is noted for their ability to flow freely between varied musical styles with great ease. The ensemble is a part of the Choral Arts Society of the NYU Steinhardt School of Music. In addition to participating in the fall and spring concerts at the university, the ensemble pursues its mission to bring music to the community by performing at nursing homes, hospitals and senior centers. The choir was a guest artist for the 15th Anniversary of the Songs of Solomon Inspirational Ensemble at the “Symphony Space.” Mariam Ghani a visiting scholar of the Asian/Pacific/American Institute was commissioned to compose a piece for the video installation in Norway. The composition “Like Water From a Stone,” features the NYU Women’s Chorus. The Women’s Choir has maintained a close knit music community for the past 15 years. Members of the ensemble lend their talents to local school programs, civic organizations and local choral organizations.
Radcliffe Choral Society
The Radcliffe Choral Society, founded in 1899, is a treble choral ensemble at Harvard University, currently under the direction of Dr. Andrew Clark. The ensemble performs a distinctive repertoire spanning nine centuries of choral literature: sacred and secular, a cappella and accompanied, collaborative and choral-orchestral. The Radcliffe Choral Society aims to foster the appreciation and enjoyment of women's choral music through the commission of new works for women's voices, high-caliber performances, and domestic and international travel, striving to honor its history and further its legacy. As a student run and managed 501(c)(3) non-profit, singers are given a unique opportunity to join the Executive Committee, learning about and developing their skills in arts management. Featuring a student led a cappella group, 'Cliffe Notes, the Radcliffe Choral Society promotes excellence in women's choral music and celebrates the extraordinary community formed through its music-making.
Smith College Chamber Singers
Founded in 1951, the Smith College Chamber Singers is a select group of singers that has traveled internationally on over thirty tours, receiving numerous awards in North America, South America, and Europe. Over the past four years, they have performed in prestigious halls such as St. Mark's Cathedral in Venice, Italy, and the Cathedral of Monreale in Sicily. Their repertoire spans a period of more than eight centuries, and includes works in various genres from all over the world.