Choral Studies at Shorter
Choral opportunities at Shorter University include the Shorter Chorale, Shorter Chorus, Men’s Chorus and Women’s Chorus. The Chorale is an auditioned ensemble of 30-40 students who perform at the university, in local churches, throughout the Southeast, and on tours abroad once every three years. The Shorter Chorus, Men’s Chorus and Women’s Chorus are non-auditioned and open to all students across campus.
The Shorter Chorale
The Shorter Chorale, founded in 1968, maintains a history of excellence in choral singing. The Chorale performs concerts annually in the Rome area. Additionally, the Chorale tours annually throughout the United States and internationally every three years. The 2004-2005 season featured a tour of the great cathedrals and churches of England with performances in Coventry Cathedral, Canterbury Cathedral, Christ Church, Oxford and Great St. Mary’s in Cambridge. In 2005, the first broadcast of the Shorter Chorale was heard on National Public Radio.
Previously, the Chorale has toured extensively throughout Europe and Russia, earning resounding critical acclaim. The Chorale has been featured at the Georgia convention of the American Choral Directors Association, Georgia Music Educators In-Service Conferences, as well as the Georgia National Association of Teachers of Singing convention. Additionally, the Chorale performed at the 2012 American Choral Directors Association Southern Division Convention.
The Shorter Chorale performs frequently during the year. In addition to the annual Fall and Spring concerts, the Chorale performs at the Feaste of Caroles and the Northwest Georgia Choral Festival, for various school functions, in churches throughout the southeast, and on a yearly tour.
Repertoire is based on a variety of choral music, including classical works of all eras, world music, spirituals, gospel pieces and jazz standards. Recent major works performed include Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore. K.339, the Poulenc Gloria, and the Mozart Requiem.
Enjoy the Shorter Chorale on CD!
Celebrate the Christmas season with the sounds of the Shorter Chorale – and help Chorale members defray the cost of their spring tour. The CD, A Savior from on High, includes 19 tracks.
“This is the first Shorter Chorale recording to be nationally released,” said Dr. Martha Shaw (’80), former conductor of the Chorale. “The cost of producing the CDs has already been covered,” Shaw said, “so every penny from the sales goes to students’ accounts for the Chorale tour.”
The CD features new works that the group has not performed in concert as well as traditional favorites of the Chorale. “It tells the story of the Nativity including selections about Mary, the star, the shepherds, the wise men, and even the flight into Egypt,” Shaw said. “Also included are holiday favorites such as Sleigh Ride and Jingle Bells.”
The CD was developed by ACA Digital Recording with Fyodor Cherniavsky as producer and Fred Horton as recording engineer.
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Campus Box 163
315 Shorter Avenue
Rome, GA 30165
The Shorter Chorus
The Shorter Chorus is a large mixed ensemble open to any student at Shorter University who enjoys singing. The Chorus performs a variety of traditional repertoire in many languages and from all style periods. The Chorus performs a masterwork annually with the Shorter Chorale. Recent performances include John Rutter’s “Gloria” and Franz Schubert’s “Mass in G.” The highest standards of choral excellence, performance practice, and professionalism are encouraged and expected.
The Shorter Women’s Chorus
The Shorter Women’s Chorus is a non-auditioned ensemble open to any woman on Shorter’s campus. The Women’s Chorus annually presents concerts consisting of a variety of music from different time periods and styles. Additionally, the Women’s Chorus is featured on the annual Feaste of Caroles concert. The Women’s Chorus participates in an annual tour to local area schools presenting a varied concert for students of all ages.
The Shorter Men’s Chorus
The Shorter Men’s Chorus is a non-auditioned ensemble open to any man on Shorter’s campus. The Men’s Chorus annually presents concerts consisting of a variety of music from different time periods and styles. Additionally, the Men’s Chorus is featured on the annual Feaste of Caroles concert. The Men’s Chorus participates in an annual tour to local area schools presenting a varied concert for students of all ages.
Feaste of Caroles
The Feaste of Caroles is an annual Christmas concert featuring the Shorter Chorale, Women’s and Men’s Choirs as well as members of the Shorter music faculty and local community groups. It is held on the week after Thanksgiving, due to the academic calendar, but is welcomed by the community as the early bird herald of the season. Selections include a variety of classical, traditional songs and world music representative of the holidays.
Northwest Georgia Choral festival (NWGCF)
The Northwest Georgia Choral Festival is held on a Monday near the end of October. It features a High School Festival Choir and a Treble Festival Choir of 4-6th graders conducted by a guest clinician.