Student Vocal Ensembles
Singing@Smith: great music, serious fun, & lifelong friendships!
Welcome to choral singing at Smith College! Since 1885, thousands of Smithies have gathered to form this extraordinary community of singers. From the halls of charming Sage Hall, with its lovely Sweeney Concert Hall, to the stunning architecture of John M. Greene Hall, the beautiful sounds of united voices can be heard. An astonishing tradition is carried on, and lifelong friendships are formed. Jonathn Hirsh, Director of Orchestral and Choral Activities, joined the faculty in 1997. Beginning in the fall of 2015, we welcome Amanda Huntleigh as Assistant Director of Choral Activities.
"I met my best friends during my first weeks in the Smith College Chorus. Because of the communal nature of choral music, you get to know many different kinds of people so deeply as well as learn about Smith sphere. This group gave me an immediate sense of home and belonging in college...Choosing to be a member in a Smith choir is socially, emotionally, and musically satisfying, and it will help you succeed in all your other college endeavors to have such a fulfilling creative outlet at Smith." – Kayla Carpenzano '12
"I actually joined Chorus as a sophomore because I had virtually no choral experience before coming to Smith...there is an instantaneous sense of belonging I feel when I sing with a choir. This kind of connectivity has enriched my time at Smith and has continued into Glee Club. I cannot imagine what my experience at Smith would be without Chorus and Glee Club." – Caitlin Snow '13
A wide variety of opportunities is available to both new and veteran choral singers:
Encompassing four dynamic and diverse ensembles, the Smith College Choirs perform annually at Commencement and Family Weekends, Montage, Autumn Serenade, Christmas Vespers, at a cappella jams, and at various college events including Opening Convocation and Rally Day. Each choir, separately and together, chooses from a diverse repertoire, including the premiere women's choral pieces of Western art music, jazz, contemporary, and folk music from the U.S. and from international traditions. Every spring, men's glee clubs from universities such as Harvard, Rutgers, Cornell, Michigan, and Virginia come to campus to collaborate on a major work. Recent performances have included Mendelssohn's Elijah, the Mozart Requiem, Carmina Burana, and the Bach B-minor Mass. In alternate years, the Smith College Chamber Singers perform on tour in the United States and abroad. All students are welcome to join, regardless of prior experience. First-year students sing in the Smith College Chorus. Most of the time, the Chorus sings together with the Smith College Glee Club, an ensemble for students who have completed one year of college. Ada Comstock Scholars are welcome to join of the Smith College choral organizations. All members of the Chorus and Glee Club are eligible to audition for the Chamber Singers, a small and selective ensemble, and for Groove, the choral program's student-run a cappella group. Chorus, Glee Club and Chamber Singers rehearse Mondays and Wednesdays in the late afternoon. Groove rehearses at various times during the week.