Davidson College Chorale is the premier choral ensemble at Davidson.
A highly select, auditioned choir comprised of students from various academic disciplines, they perform the standard choral repertoire as well as newly composed and commissioned choral literature. The Chorale tours annually and represents Davidson College on the campus, regionally, and nationally.
Chorale members take great pride in rehearsal discipline and work ethic that results in exquisite artistry. To that end, every member of Chorale commits to rehearsal attendance Monday through Thursday from 5-6 p.m. throughout the academic year.
Every year Chorale tours the week prior to the start of classes in January. Tours alternate between closer domestic tours and farther away domestic tours, and once every four years the Chorale tours abroad.
Chorale tour is subsidized in large part, but students are usually asked to provide for some meals and extra activities. Learn more about our tours and their vital purpose.
Chorale auditions are held the first week of classes every semester in Sloan Music Center, from 6–9 p.m. Auditions are 10 minutes in length and are intentionally low-key and relaxed.
Remember that most of our members are talented non-music majors, and there is a place in the Davidson College Choirs for every singer—beginning, intermediate, and advanced. Learn more about audition sign up and the audition process.
The Chorale recorded their first album entitled Heaven Full of Stars in January, 2017, which was produced in the famous Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California. Hear clips from that recording, including tracks from some of our past live concerts.
The Davidson College Choirs
Choral music has a long tradition that stems back to the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance. It is no wonder, then, considering the breadth and wealth of exquisite choral literature available to choirs in the modern day, that programming for ensembles in the Davidson College Choirs can be a delightful challenge. At Davidson, where great emphasis is placed upon academic rigor, intellectual integrity, and the pursuit of excellence, the focus for the Choirs is twofold: to provide students a well-rounded education in the great historic works from the choral repertoire of the past, and to introduce 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 at Davidson, the Choirs 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.
Davidson College Choirs students value the study of culture and see the arts as a bridge to the past and a pathway to the future. Choral participation teaches discipline, focus, artistry, interpretive and cultural sensitivity, body awareness, nuance of language diction and meaning, empathy, teamwork, and a number of other unique skills. As the music major and minor at Davidson grows, students are finding that the disciplined, academic study of music through history, theory, and performance not only challenges their mental acuity, but their personal discipline, and inner resolve, not to mention a larger world-view and social awareness. The skills necessary to be a trained artist are at the cutting edge of the proficiencies vital in today’s competitive and comprehensive market, and the rigor and flexibility music study engenders sets the motivated and focused student on the right path towards a successful future—no matter what their ultimate career path.
For questions or additional information, please contact Christopher Gilliam, director of choral activities