Choral

If you like to sing, why not join a choir? Several different ensembles are available to majors and non-majors.

Chapel Choir

Chapel ChoirThe Chapel Choir is Hope’s premier choral ensemble. Made up of 40 auditioned choristers, Chapel Choir has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada, and has traveled to Europe on six occasions. In May 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, California, and at numerous choral conferences. 

DIRECTOR

Dr. Brad Richmond

COURSE LISTING

MUS 115

Audition required

Collegium Musicum

Collegium MusiciumCollegium Musicum, a mixed chamber vocal ensemble of 20 members, is open to all students by audition. Collegium typically meets in the fall semester. A Madrigal Dinner in early December is the highlight of the semester. Collegium members are accomplished vocal musicians who have had previous experience singing in small ensembles.

DIRECTOR

Professor Jim DeBoer

COURSE LISTING

MUS 140

Audition required

Women’s Chamber Choir

Women's Chamber ChoirMade up of 20–30 singers, Women’s Chamber Choir is an auditioned group which meets twice weekly throughout the fall and spring semesters. This ensemble tackles a 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.

DIRECTOR

Professor Jennifer Wolfe

COURSE LISTING

MUS 117

Audition required

College Chorus

Hope’s largest choral ensemble, College Chorus, is composed 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

DIRECTOR

Dr. Brad Richmond

COURSE LISTING

MUS 116

No audition required 

Opera Workshop

Opera Workshop is offered in the spring semester, providing the opportunity for students to combine stage movement, acting and singing in the context of the performance of scenes and full productions of operas and musical dramas.

DIRECTOR

Dr. Jung Woo Kim

Course Listing

MUS 155

Audition required

Gospel Choir

The Gospel Choir is a group of students who have come together from all different backgrounds, cultures and denominations to glorify God through worship in a variety of gospel and contemporary Christian music styles. This ensemble performs quite often in weekly Chapel services and the Gathering.

Learn more about Gospel Choir at Campus Ministries.

DIRECTOR

Professor Edye Hyde

No audition required

Luminescence

LuminescenceThe newest of Hope’s choral ensembles, Luminescence has been in operation since fall of 2003. Its founders modeled the group after 12th Street Harmony, and, like its male counterpart, Luminescence receives a variety of performance opportunities on and off campus. 

CONTACT

Dr. Brad Richmond

COURSE LISTING

MUS 160 - 13/131

Audition required

12th St. Harmony

12th St. HarmonyThis male a cappella ensemble was created 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. Recently, they appeared on the local news channel WZZM 13. Watch the broadcast.

CONTACT 

Dr. Brad Richmond

COURSE LISTING

MUS 160 – 12/121

Audition required

Chapel Choir Rehearsal

The Hope College Chapel Choir uses special robes created by the most influential designers of the 20th century. 

The Chapel Choir Robes

The Chapel Choir robes were designed 50 years ago by Charles and Ray Eames, a husband-and-wife team among the most influential designers of the 20th century. Filmmakers, poets, painters and furniture designers, the couple was hired in the 1940s as consultants by the Herman Miller Company, which had been impressed by a widely acclaimed furniture-design exhibition at the New York Museum of Modern Art featuring the work of Charles Eames. In 1952, when the Herman Miller Company started a mixed chorus, Ray Eames offered to design robes for the choir. No one knows whether the robes were produced in California, where Charles and Ray kept an office, or in Holland, where some believe they were sewn by local seamstresses. In 1960, the Herman Miller Mixed Chorus disbanded and the robes were given to Hope College, where they became the performing apparel of the Chapel Choir.

The robe colors are intended to symbolize the four primary voice parts, from highest and brightest (yellow) to lowest and darkest (purple). The black horizontal lines represent an extended grand staff, and the other black swatches stand for random notes in the universe. Purity of tone and faith are represented by the prevailing white that appears on every surplice. No one would ever describe these robes as subtle; they are very much in line with the bold and quirky designs of mid-century modernism. But, as the work of Charles and Ray Eames, they hold a special place in 20th century art and design, and would be at home in art galleries everywhere.