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Harpur Chorale
Women's Chorus
Chamber Singers
University Chorus
Dzidefo Africa Choir
Binghamton University Gospel Choir
A Cappella

Harpur Chorale

hcBinghamton University's large inclusive mixed choral ensemble, the HARPUR CHORALE is an auditioned choral ensemble which performs a wide variety of choral music from multiple genres, styles, time periods, and languages, while still rooted in the Western tradition. Membership includes not only music majors but also as many talented and promising non-major singers as possible who come from strong high school choral music programs and want to continue that experience in college. The Harpur Chorale's dynamic repertoire aspires towards increased diversity alongside artistic challenge and satisfaction, and they perform multiple concerts each academic year. The ensemble will join forces with the Binghamton Philharmonic in November 2018 to present two performances of Video Games Live, featuring dynamic selections from the scores of master video game composer Tommy Tallarico, known for his award-winning score for "Advent Rising." 

Open to undergraduate and graduate students of all majors by audition.

Rehearsals TUE 6:00-8:00 p.m. and THU: 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Recent Repertoire: Lamma bada yatathanna (Abu-Khader), Make Our Garden Grow (Bernstein), O schöne Nacht (Brahms), Ezekul Saw de Wheel (Dawson), Mo Ghile Mear (Earley), Stars (Esenvalds), Wana Baraka (Kirchner), Prayer (Lauridsen), Hark I Hear the Harps Eternal (Parker), Augu Nakti (Puce), Priiditye Poklonimsya (Rachmaninoff), Let My Love Be Heard (Runestad), Adonai Roi (Shatin), When Dawn Shines (Surti), Rockin' Jerusalem (Thomas), Every Night when the Sun Goes Down (Walker)

Women's Chorus

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Binghamton University's distinctive women's choral ensemble, the WOMEN'S CHORUS is an auditioned choral ensemble which performs a wide variety of choral music from multiple genres, styles, time periods, and languages, while still rooted in the Western tradition. The ensemble specializes in music by women composers. They explore repertoire of complexity and artistic challenge, while still offering a thorough grounding in healthy vocal technique and musicianship skills, and perform multiple concerts each academic year.

Open to undergraduate and graduate students of all majors by audition.

Rehearsals MON 4:40-5:40 p.m. and WED 4:40-6:40 p.m.

Recent Repertoire: Joy (Allen), Warrior (Baryluk), Ave Maria (Biebl), Zion's Walls (Copland), Reel à Bouche (Dalglish), The Dawn Is not Distant (Donkin), Tundra (Gjeilo), Moon Goddess (Hagen), O Virtus Sapientiae (Hildegard), Two Sacred Songs (Schleuse), Psalm 23 (Schubert), The Silver Apples of the Moon (Walker), Five Hebrew Love Songs (Whitacre)

Chamber Singers

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Binghamton University's most selective choral ensemble, the CHAMBER SINGERS are a highly skilled vocal ensemble whose members are selected from within Harpur Chorale and Women's Chorus based on sight reading ability and vocal quality and versatility. They prepare and present challenging repertoire chosen from multiple styles, time periods, and cultural contexts. The Chamber Singers perform multiple concerts each academic year, both on and off campus. Singing in Chamber Singers is intended to be as pre-professional a choral experience as possible, with a membership of between 16 and 24. These singers work on developing the choral skills that will win professional choral auditions, and they prepare and perform rep that is as close as possible to what they might encounter as professional choral singers in a major metropolitan area.

Open to members of Harpur Chorale and Women's Chorus by audition.

Rehearsals MON 5:50-6:50 p.m. and THU 7:10-8:10 p.m.

Recent Repertoire: Tal'a min bayt abuha (Abu-Khader), Afternoon on a Hill (Barnum), Jenny Kiss'd Me (Barnum), Im Herbst (Brahms), Non vos relinquam orphanos (Byrd), I Am the Great Sun (Chydenius), Glow (Joyce), Sicut cervus (Palestrina), Salve Regina (Poulenc), Entarisi ala benziyor (Sun)

University Chorus

The UNIVERSITY CHORUS is an auditioned group of community, faculty, and staff singers who join forces with student musicians for concerts of larger-scaled choral works. The size of the group will vary from year to year depending on the demands of the repertoire being performed. Usually offered once per academic year. The next University Chorus collaboration will be English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams' moving and powerful anti-war cantata Dona Nobis Pacem spring 2019.

Open to community, staff, and faculty singers, and students without ensemble requirements, by audition. Auditions will occur by appointment throughout the fall semester 2018.

Rehearsals MON 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Recent Repertoire: Ein deutsches Requiem (Brahms), Requiem (Fauré), Hodie Christus natus est (Gabrieli), Jubilate Deo (Gabrieli), Lord Nelson Mass (Haydn), Odecha ki anitani (Rossi), Alleluja lobet den Herrn (Schütz), Jauchzet dem Herren (Schütz)

Dzidefo Africa Choir

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 Dzidefo Africa Choir invites all who like to sing, want to sing, think they can sing and are interested in African songs. Dzidefo is an Ewe word meaning "source of encouragement and inspiration" with the purpose of revitalizing, nourishing and renewing the lives of every human being. The choir will be the first ever Africa choir at Binghamton University. It is a non-audition choir open to all students, staff and faculty of Binghamton University and the community at large. The repertoire of the choir will include songs from various parts of Africa in different languages and dialects arranged for a choral setting learned by rote (you DO NOT need to know how to read music) and performed from memory. Members will also learn so much about diverse Africa cultures as they learn and perform the songs. The choir will meet ONCE EVERY FRIDAY for 1hr: 30mins; a great way to end your week, learning and performing songs full of encouragement to revitalize and renew life. In addition, singing in Dzidefo Africa choir will be beneficiary to students learning languages and music students taking German and Italian diction classes.

Dzidefo Africa choir will be directed by Elikem Kwame S. Nyamuame, a visiting Assistant Professor of Music, Theater (Dance) and affiliated faculty in Africana Studies at Binghamton University. Professor Nyamuame is a native of Ghana and he is a multi- talented musician, dancer, choreographer and a scholar with several years of experience as a choir director.

WEEKLY REHEARSALS

FRI: 5:00 - 6:30 pm in FA111

Binghamton University Gospel Choir

The Binghamton University Gospel Choir has been around for over 30 years. Established in the spring of 1983, its purpose is to be a performing group that presents and sings gospel music so as to present the context, purpose, and meaning of gospel music. It is Afro-American music with its origin in traditional spirituals, blues, and jazz. We share a cultural and genuine enjoyment of gospel music which acknowledges the benefits from an appreciation of cultural differences. Click here for contact information.

A Cappella

A cappella is just one of many ways in which Binghamton students get involved and express themselves. Binghamton's Student Association hosts the Dollar Show at the beginning of each semester: an a cappella showcase for the low price of one buck! The show features a short performance from each a cappella group, and the on-campus improv group Pappy Parker Players, and allows for perspective auditionees to get a taste for each group's style.

It doesn't end there, though! Throughout the semester, each group rehearses on a weekly basis in order to prepare for their own semester show, in which they perform their individual setlist of songs for the semester. Semester shows are an awesome opportunity, not only for each group to show off the songs they've been working hard to perfect, but also for students to experience an entertaining night full of live music, right here on campus!  Groups include: The Binghamton Crosbys, Kaskeset, The Rhythm Method, The Binghamton Vibrations (a.k.a. The Vibes), The Harpur Harpeggios, Koinonia, The Binghamtonics (a.k.a. The Tonics), The Binghamton Treblemakers (a.k.a. The Trebs), and No Strings Attached (a.k.a. NSA). For more information, click here

Last Updated: 6/1/18