Choral Arts

Choral activities at Davidson College provide students a well-rounded education in the great historic works from the choral repertoire of the past, and introduces them to well-crafted contemporary works that are shaping the ever-evolving choral landscape of the future. Within those parameters, throughout four years of participation in the choral program, choirs at Davidson perform challenging repertoire that is artistically meritorious, scholarly, and historically relevant, while at the same time indulging in new and exciting repertoire that bridges the gap between the classical and popular genres through the performance and study of various multicultural and folk-type compositions.

Through participation in ChoraleDavidson Singers, and the Choral Arts Society, Davidson students find an exceptional outlet for artistic refinement and expression, learning the value of the study of music as a bridge to the past and a pathway to the future.

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Key: Davidson College Presbyterian Church = DCPC and Duke Family Performance Hall = DFPH

Please check back in August 2016 for a list of upcoming events in the 2016-17 academic year.

Past Events 2015-16

CHORALE FAMILY WEEKEND CONCERT

This was the Chorale's first concert of the year for family and friends in this beautiful and resonant sanctuary. The Chorale's sound has been described as "ethereal, sensitive, and powerful," their repertoire "bold and challenging," and their performance "confident, artistic, and enjoyable."

Chorale Fall Concert

Davidson's premier choral ensemble performed their fall concert-for the first time ever in Duke Family Performance Hall-singing challenging repertoire on the themes of life, hope, heartache, joy, and love. The audience enjoyed exquisite a cappella and accompanied choral music sung by our elite Chorale in the campus's own beautiful concert hall.

Rachmaninoff's "Vespers"

Rachmaninoff's "All-Night Vigil" is celebrating its 100th anniversary of the writing and premiere of the timeless "Vespers," a work that has been described as his finest achievement and called the "greatest musical achievement of the Russian Orthodox Church." The Davidson College Choral Arts Society joined with the Davidson Singers to perform the hour-long masterpiece sung in its original Church Slavonic.

Holiday Gala

Two nights of sold out shows ushered in the season of holiday cheer with festive music, dance, theatre, and art all in one exciting and family-friendly show that featured the finest talent Davidson has to offer by showcasing the college choirs, symphony orchestra, and jazz band, along with community ensembles: Davidson Community Players, Dance Davidson, and Young Voices of the Carolinas. Make plans to attend next year as many people are calling the Gala their "new holiday tradition."

Christmas Vespers

Our annual Lessons & Carols Christmas Vespers service featured music from the Davidson College Chorale and Brass Ensemble with prelude music by the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra.

Messiah Sing-Along

The Davidson College Choirs performed a one-night-only sing through of the Christmas portion (plus a few extras) of Handel's Messiah. Joined by an orchestral chamber ensemble, student soloists, and guests, many enjoyed this evening of jubilant choral revelry.

Chorale Spring Concert

Their penultimate concert of the year singing repertoire that spans five centuries and includes multiple styles and genres of engaging choral music. This concert also features the department's student-led ensembles-Collegium Musicum and After Hours Vocal Jazz.

Armed Man: Mass for Peace

The Davidson Choirs and Pro Arte Orchestra combined to perform a work that has been described as a "firebomb of orchestral and human voices." Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace blends the universal themes of war and peace, and combines the traditional mass with other musical, religious, and historical sources. These include a fifteenth-century folk song, the Islamic call to prayer, texts from the Bible and the Mahabharata, along with words from the works of Rudyard Kipling, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Sankichi Toge, who survived the Hiroshima bombing.

Chorale Farewell to Seniors Concert

Celebrating and honoring the Class of 2016 on the eve of their graduation! This special performance will give the audience a taste of the ensemble's 2015-16 season, as well as offering performances of repertoire selected by senior vocalists.