College of Liberal Arts
Mount St. Mary's University Chorale
For more than 50 years since the founding of the Mount Glee Club by Father David Shaum, choral music has been a vital part of the cultural life of Mount St. Mary’s University. Every year, students representing every discipline of the University audition for the opportunity to sing with the Chorale, which performs a wide variety of sacred and secular repertoire. The choir performs at least one major concert per semester, as well as for a number of college liturgies, special convocations, and other events throughout the year. Touring is also a part of the Chorale’s routine. In 2003 the Chorale undertook a successful tour of southern Spain, with concerts in Madrid, Seville, and Granada. Stateside, the choir has performed before audiences in many locales including Williamsburg, Atlanta, Charleston, Charlotte, Baltimore, and, in 2004, New York’s Carnegie Hall. A 2007 tour brought the ensemble before audiences in Montreal and Cooperstown.
Since 2000 the Chorale has collaborated with the Gettysburg Schola Cantorum and Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra for the performance of larger scale choral masterworks such as Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana in 2003 and Stephen Folkemer’s Psalm 122 for a special performance at the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in 2011. 2008 the choir joined with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra in a performance of works by Beethoven and Gorecki in celebration of the University’s bicentennial.
What you need to know:
- Any student at the Mount is welcome to audition to become a member.
- Chorale does fulfill the ensemble performance requirement for music majors.
- Chorale members may enroll in the ensemble as a class for 1 or 2 credits per semester.
- Chorale holds three 1 ½ hour rehearsals per week.