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CHORAL ENSEMBLES

If you like to sing, Hope has the right choir for you! All choral ensembles, with the exception of Luminescence, are available for academic credit.  However, participants are not obligated to sign up for academic credit; many choose
to sing for zero credit, an option that avoids overloads and extra costs.

For more information about the Hope Choirs and the audition process, please contact the Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Brad Richmond

Chapel Choir
MUS 115-01/11, Director: Brad Richmond
The Chapel Choir is Hope’s premier choral ensemble.  Made up of forty auditioned choristers, Chapel Choir has toured extensively throughout the U.S.A. and Canada, and has traveled to Europe on six occasions.  In May of 2009 the choir toured South Africa.  In addition to being featured in the college’s annual Christmas Vespers program which is broadcast throughout the United Sates on PBS television and National Public Radio, the choir has sung at The National Cathedral in Washington D.C. the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA, as well as at numerous choral conferences. Chapel Choir meets four times weekly.

Collegium Musicum
MUS 140-01/11, Director: Jim DeBoer
Collegium Musicum, a mixed chamber vocal ensemble of twenty members, is open to all students by audition.  Collegium typically meets in the fall semester.  A Madrigal Dinner, which takes place in early December, is the highlight of the semester. Collegium members are accomplished vocal musicians who have had previous experience singing in small ensembles.

Women’s Chamber Choir
MUS 117-01/11, Director: Jennifer Wolfe
Made up of twenty to thirty singers, Women’s Chamber Choir is an auditioned group which meets twice weekly throughout the fall and spring semesters. This ensemble tackles a

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wide variety of fine literature for treble voices and has built up quite a following since its inception in 2001. Women’s Chamber Choir is frequently joined on its concert programs by 12th Street Harmony and Luminescence, Hope’s male and female close-harmony groups.

College Chorus
MUS 116-01/11, Director: Brad Richmond
Hope’s largest choral ensemble, College Chorus, is comprised of music majors and non-majors with varying degrees of choral music experience. College Chorus participates in Christmas Vespers, and in tandem with Chapel Choir, performs a large choral-orchestral work each spring. Recent performances include presentations of Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Grand Mass in C Minor, and Duruflé’s Requiem. In April 2009, the Hope choirs teamed up with the Holland Chorale and Symphony to present the Verdi Requiem. College Chorus meets on Tuesday evenings. No Audition is required.

12th Street Harmony
MUS 160-12/121
This male a cappella ensemble was conceived in 2001 and quickly became a sought after performing group on campus and throughout the Holland community. With oversight from the Director of Choral Activities, the day-to-day running of 12th Street Harmony is self-directed by members within the group.

Luminescence
MUS 160-13/131
The newest of Hope’s choral ensembles, Luminescence has been in operation only since fall of 2003.  Its founders modeled the group after 12th Street Harmony, and, like its male counterpart, Luminescence has begun to receive a variety of performance opportunities on and off campus.