The RWU Chorus is the oldest performing group on campus, founded by Bristolian Joan Roth in the 1970s. The group rehearses weekly in the University's Tuesday evening class slot, and is open to all students who wish to sing in it. You can sign up for Chorus as a 1-credit course, or simply join it as a non-credit club for the enjoyment of singing.
The current Chorus director, Jonathan Richter,
has been working with the group for the past two years and has already created performance opportunities in many interesting venues-- for the RWU President's Inaguration, at a campus gospel fest, and most recently for a performance of Faure's Requim at St. Mary's church in Bristol, for students to have the opportunity to sing accompanied by the church's beautiful organ.
Chorus can be taken for credit by all RWU students regardless of their major. Three semesters participation in one of the Applied Music programs-- Chorus, Instrumental Ensemble, or the Music Lesson program-- is required of Music Minors, and Music Majors participate in Chorus or Instrumental Ensemble for 3 semesters, as well as taking 6 semesters of Music Lessons.
Why not join the RWU Chorus to experience the artistry and camaraderie, and to discover the exciting world of music performance that singing with the group will open to you.
Recent Chorus repertoire includes:
Requiem in D minor, Op. 48 by Gabriel Fauré
Neue Liebeslieder, Op. 65 by Johannes Brahms
Messiah, Part I by George Frideric Handel
Five Hebrew Love Songs by Eric Whitacre
Drei Notturni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The Lamb by John Tavener
Danny Boy, Irish Folk Tune, arr. Joseph Flummerfelt
The Lover's Ghost, English Folk Tune, arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams
My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord, Spiritual, arr. Moses Hogan
Ain'-a That Good News, Spiritual, arr. William Dawson
MUSIC 141 – Chorus
Performing ensemble designed to develop choral singing skills and to perform literature from the Renaissance to the 20th Century. The Chorus is open, without auditions, to the entire University community and to the community at large. Students may register and receive 1 credit per semester: may be repeated. (1 credit) Fall, Spring