Linfield College Choirs
MUSC 117 – Linfield College Concert Choir
By audition. 1 credit.
Monday, 4:15-5:05 p.m.;
Tuesday and Thursday, 11:50 a.m.-12:50 p.m.;
Friday, 12:00-1:10 p.m.
The Concert Choir is the premier choral organization for all qualified singers at Linfield. This select group of 30-40 voices performs traditional choral repertoire, as well as diverse and contemporary works in a variety of styles. The choir has toured nearly every year since its formation in 1930, with performances throughout the western states, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, China and Southeast Asia. Recent tours include Costa Rica in 2013; Hawaii in 2015; Austin, Texas, in 2016; and Los Angeles in 2017.
The choir performs 4-6 concerts per year, including an annual concert with chamber orchestra. Recent performances featured the Faure Requiem, Schubert’s Mass in G, Bach’s Magnificat, Kodaly’s Te Deum, Fern Hill by John Corigliano, Duruflé Requiem, Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolai, and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms.
The choir also focuses on community service; outreach activities in the community include the Annual McMinnville Community Choir Celebration, and a Choir Clinic for area elementary and middle school students in April of each year.
The Concert Choir is open by audition to all singers on campus.
Concert Choir Auditions
What, When & Where
Auditions for participation in the 2019-2020 Linfield College Concert Choir will take place during New Student Orientation on Saturday, August 24 throughout the day. Auditions are open to any entering, transfer and current Linfield undergraduate student, regardless of major or minor. Students should register for MUSC 117 Concert Choir prior to the audition (see “Register for Concert Choir” below).
Auditions are 7-10 minutes in length and are held with Dr. Anna Song, Director of Choirs, in the Vivian Bull Music Center, Room 143.
Students are expected to choose and prepare a solo, and sing it a cappella (without accompaniment) for the audition. The limited audition time might only allow for up to 60 seconds of the song. The song can be in any style, may or may not be memorized, and should be chosen to demonstrate musicality, expression, intonation, and one’s ability to sing with good rhythm and stay in time. Some song possibilities are: Star Spangled Banner, America the Beautiful, Amazing Grace, etc., but any song will do.
Students will be asked to vocalize (sing patterns) up and down scales with the piano to explore range, intonation and tone.
Students will be asked to sight-read an 8-bar melody, and may be asked questions about pitch names and rhythms. Here is a good resource video resource for reviewing basic music reading.
Students will be asked to sing back a series of 3-5 pitches played on the piano (like an echo).
Register for Concert Choir
During New Student Orientation academic advising sessions, students should submit the registration information for the course to their advisors when making their course schedule. Be sure to let the advisor know that you have permission to register for MUSC 117 Concert Choir (1 credit), prior to the audition.
While course registration does not guarantee placement in Concert Choir, it ensures that the student’s class schedule will accommodate participation. Early registration for Choir also helps to facilitate important announcements to potential members, and it provides the instructor an estimate of the anticipated class size and personnel when preparing course materials and repertoire. In most cases, students will be notified of the status of their audition at the conclusion of their individual audition, or through e-mail by the first day of classes.
No audition required. 1 credit.
Monday, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Wildcat Men’s Glee Club performs a variety of musical styles written for male voices including traditional, world music, film and stage songs, and popular music, all with a focus on healthy singing technique and ensemble musicianship. Collaborates with Cascara Voce or Concert Choir at least once a year to sing SATB repertoire. Open to all students, staff, and faculty on campus; no audition required. Full-year commitment in ensemble is recommended.
No audition required. 1 credit.
Tuesday and Thursday, 2:45–3:45 pm.
Open to all treble voices on campus. Cascara Voce performs a variety of musical styles for treble voices including traditional, world music, film and stage songs, and popular music, all with a focus on healthy singing technique and ensemble musicianship. Collaborates with Wildcat Men’s Glee Club or Concert Choir at least once a year. Open to all students, staff, and faculty on campus; no audition required. Full-year commitment in ensemble is recommended.