Camerata Singers and Chamber Singers
Camerata Singers is the premiere, auditioned SATB choral ensemble of the Department of Music at Longwood University. Chamber Singers is the premiere, auditioned SSAA choral ensemble at Longwood University.
Recent performances include two appearances with the Richmond Symphony, an appearance with the Lynchburg Symphony and Jefferson Choral Society, a guest appearance at the Virginia All-State Choir weekend, and appearances at the Mid-Atlantic College Music Society Conference and the Virginia Humanities Conference, in addition to local and outreach performances in schools and churches.
Camerata Singers meets MWF 11-11:50 and Chamber Singers meets TR 12:30-1:45, with additional rehearsals and performances as scheduled throughout the semester. Students are expected to demonstrate advanced musicianship and sight-reading skills, and are responsible for working outside of class to master and memorize their music.
As a student organization, members of both choirs elect officers who are instrumental in fund raising, travel, and outreach. Members of Camerata and Chamber Singers serve as ambassadors to the school and community while providing high standards of performance of the finest choral music.
Camerata and Chamber Singers are the perfect opportunity for advanced singers to participate in one of Longwood's most visible musical organizations, and to serve as musical citizen leaders on- and off-campus. Students from all majors are eligible. Previous choral experience and exceptional musical skills are desirable.
Auditions are held in October and March for the following semester. E-mail Dr. McDermott for details.
The Audition consists of:
1. Exploration of the Voice: the student will sing simple exercises to explore range and comfortable tessitura, and to demonstrate vocal quality.
2. Sight Reading: the student will be asked to read a brief passage of music. After a minute to study the example, the student will be given a starting pitch and will sing a cappella, using any music reading system or reading on a neutral syllable (for example, "la").
3. Evaluation of Vocal Production: students auditioning for select ensembles will sing a short song or portion of a song to demonstrate vocal quality, breathing, phrasing, and diction. The song should be an art song, aria, patriotic song, folk song, or hymn.
4. Interview: the student will have a few minutes to talk with the director, ask questions, and share any concerns.
March 17: All-Choirs Concert, 7:30 p.m., Jarman Theater
March 21: Humanities Conference, Jarman Theater
March 28: Reveille United Methodist Church, Richmond VA, 7:00 p.m.
April 24: Spring Concert, 7:30 p.m., Jarman Theater
Dr. Pamela McDermott
Wygal Hall, Office 211