Explore the rich collection of choral ensembles available to you at Cornell. Learn more about each of them below.
All of these ensembles share the same audition process. You will be selected for ensembles based on your eligibility, commitment, and skill level. Fall 2019 auditions are now closed. Sign-ups for the spring semester will open in January 2020.
The Cornell University Chorale is a mixed voice choir of over 100 singers that focuses on the developing each individual's vocal technique and musicianship. Members learn crucial skills that enable them to pursue in a lifetime of musical exploration. The group is comprised of both Cornell students and Ithaca residents, allowing members to meet members of their local community.
The Cornell University Glee Club (TTBB) is one of our two flagship groups, and a premier touring ensemble. It boasts a history of 150 years of brotherhood and musical excellence. The group performs regularly on campus, sings for major university events, and embarks on domestic or international tours every year. The Glee Club frequently collaborates with the Chorus to explore SATB repertoire.
The Chorus (SSAA) is a premier touring ensemble and our other flagship group. The Chorus is comprised of treble singers who also happen to be incredible leaders, collaborators, and friends. They perform at Cornell University and in the Ithaca area, and embark on domestic or international tours every year. The Chorus frequently collaborates with the Glee Club to explore SATB repertoire.
The Chamber Singers is a tightly knit chamber choir, rehearsing once per week in an environment that promotes strong musicianship, personal responsibility, and music literacy. Its members perform music from Bach motets to modern Estonian folk pieces to the works of local composers on the rise. To audition for Chamber Singers, you must have two semesters in either the Glee Club or Chorus, or equivalent collegiate experience as determined by the director.
The Hangovers, the official a cappella subset of the Glee Club, and the oldest a cappella group on campus, was formed with the purpose of exploring alternative forms of musical expression in addition to the traditional choral repertoire. They sing quite a wide variety of musical styles including jazz, pop, traditional choral, as well as several original compositions and parodies. To audition for the Hangovers, you must be a member of the Glee Club.
After Eight is the official a cappella subset of the Chorus. With a mission to be entertaining, in tune, and fun, they regularly perform contemporary repertoire at semesterly concerts and student and alumni events on campus throughout the year. To audition for After Eight, you must be a member of the Chorus.