Polyhymnia Chamber Choir [MUSC 112, 212, 312, 412]
MUSC 112, 212, 312, 412/1.5
The Queen’s University Polyhymnia Chamber Choir is open to the entire Queen’s Community.
This medium-sized, advanced ensemble, conducted by Darrell Bryan, is being offered in the 2020-21 Academic Year as a mixed voice, SATB ensemble. Singers of all voice types are encouraged to apply. This ensemble will return to a Women’s Choir in the 2021-22 Academic Year.
This ensemble rehearses throughout the year (September to April), performing several public concerts annually. The ensemble has had the opportunity to collaborate with many musical groups, including, most recently, a chance to rehearse and perform with the Canadian Chamber Choir. The ensemble regularly premieres new works with a focus on Canadian music and has had the opportunity to work with many composers over the past five years. The ensemble regularly performs at Queen’s University Remembrance Day Services and has also presented music at important Queen’s events, such as the installation of our Principle and Chancellor.
In the fall term of the 2020-21 Academic Year, Polyhymnia Chamber Choir will be delivered by remote instruction. This will involve the learning of repertoire remotely using rehearsal tracks, along with the study of choral techniques and skills that will then be applied in the winter term, when we hope to resume in-person rehearsals. A weekly Zoom meeting will provide the opportunity for in-person instruction and discussion. The fall term will include several digital projects, including a collaboration with The DAN School of Drama & Music composition students who will be writing original compositions for our ensemble. The intention is for these works to be prepared and presented virtually a part of our DAN School Digital Concert Series.
In the winter term, we hope to resume in-person rehearsal, with the year culminating in the performance of a multimedia project that will use a mixture of virtual and live performance to explore new areas of choral music in the 21st century.
Admission to the ensemble is by audition.
Students are asked to submit a short video (1-2 minutes), performing an unaccompanied song of their choice that demonstrates their ability to sing in a choral style. Examples of suitable songs include classical songs, folk songs, or choral repertoire. Full instructions are found on the Ensemble Auditions webpage, and all videos should be received by Thursday, September 3, 2020.
Prior to submitting the recorded video, students must complete an Online Ensemble Audition Application. Do note that if a student is auditioning for more than one ensemble, they must complete only ONE form but indicate their preference by ranking the ensembles under consideration.
Please note that there is a required textbook for the 2020-21 academic year.
Davids, Julia, and Stephen LaTour. 2020. Vocal Technique: A Guide to Classical and Contemporary Styles for Conductors, Teachers, and Singers, Second Edition. Waveland Press Inc.