A select chamber choir of undergraduate student singers, the Laurentians continue a long legacy of choral excellence, performing regularly throughout the year on campus, in the North Country, and nationally and internationally on tour every year during spring break. Our far-ranging repertoire is drawn from the entire span of Euro-American classical traditions as well as world and popular idioms.
The Singers will mark their 70th Anniversary this year with a special presence at Reunion Weekend 2016, June 2-5. For more information go to the Laurentian Singers 70th Anniversary page at http://alumni.stlawu.edu/laurentian-singers-70th-anniversary
We will embark on a bus tour during spring break in March to the American Heartland, visiting high schools and churches in Buffalo, Cleveland and Detroit, returning by way of Toronto. The repertoire will celebrate the Laurentian Singers legacy by focusing on 2 traditionally popular choral idioms – Folk Songs, in particular those of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales (as arranged by Vaughan Williams, Holst, Willcocks, etc.), and Spirituals with their musical offspring, Gospel songs, (as arranged by Moore, Burleigh, Martin, Hogan, etc.). Traveling to the hometowns of the Rock ’n Roll Hall of Fame and the Motown we’ll sing hits such as Heat Wave, Under the Boardwalk and I Heard it through the Grapevine (as arranged by Rockapella’s Jeff Thacher). J.S. Bach’s motet Lobet den Herrn, BWV230, Morten Lauridsen’s O Nata Lux and sacred music of Russia round out the program.
Rehearsals (starting Thursday, January 21):
- Full – Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30-6:00 pm.
- Sectionals - Wednesdays Women 4:30-5:30 and Men 5:30-6:30 pm, in Griffiths 15.
- MLK Celebration, Wednesday, January 20 at 5:00 pm in Gunnison Memorial Chapel.
- Pre-tour concert in Middlebury, VT, Saturday, March 5 ,time and location TBA.
- Spring Break Tour – Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Toronto, Friday, March 18 – Sunday, March 27.
- Home Concert, Friday, April 1 at 8:00 pm in Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall
- Commencement Concert, Saturday, May 21 at 5:00 pm in Gunnison Memorial Chapel
Auditions: Membership is yearly so there are no auditions in the spring semester. However inquiries are always welcome. Contact director Barry Torres.
Audition requirements: vocalize throughout your range, sing a prepared solo a cappella (can be any style except contemporary pop), sing with quartet – a choral excerpt of about 30 bars will be available for you to learn 30 minutes prior to your audition.
For more information, contact Barry Torres, director.