The Chorale is a Wednesday night institution in bi-college life. An oratorio choir of 150 singers, the Chorale performs a major work with orchestra each semester under the direction of Asst. Prof. of Music Thomas Lloyd. (See Musical Events for programs of this year's concerts). Members include bi-college students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends from the surrounding community. The orchestra is usually made up of advanced bi-college musicians supplemented by music students from Curtis and Temple. Soloists have included students who are members of Chorale, Chamber Singers and guest artists. Auditions for singers are held at the beginning of each semester for students who have not previously sung in Chorale. Once admitted, re-audition is not required for members in good standing. Audition requirements are the same as those for Chamber Singers, without the expectation of a solo piece.
Recent performances included the Verdi Requiem, Handel's Israel in Egypt and Messiah, Elgar's The Music Makers, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Bach's Magnificat, Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem, and a program of grand opera choruses and arias. In April of 2000, the Chorale and Chorale Chamber Orchestra, along with children's choirs from Temple Sholom in Broomall and Main Line Reform in Wynnewood performed only the third performance (after the premiers in Israel and New York) of Israeli composer Dov Seltzer's Lament to Yitzhak Rabin, with Rabin's daughter, Dalia Rabin-Pelossof, as honored guest in attendance (see photo above). The performance was later rebroadcast on NPR station WRTI-FM in Philadelphia.
Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 6:50 - 8:50 in Marshall Auditorium (HC). Visitors are welcome at rehearsals. For further information call Tom Lloyd at (610) 896-1006 or email email@example.com.
Listen to the Chorale, recorded live:
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