The Alfred University Chorus is a large ensemble open to any student on campus who enjoys singing and experiencing music in a collaborative setting. The chorus is also open to faculty and community members providing a unique opportunity for students to see their professors in a different setting and to engage with the Alfred community. The choir’s repertoire varies each year from major works with orchestra to contemporary classical and popular music, musical theater, spirituals, gospel and global music. The University Chorus usually performs once each semester but at times will perform off campus in the surrounding area or in Rochester.
University Chamber Singers
The Alfred University Chamber Singers is a select vocal ensemble initiated in 1995 as a response to student enthusiasm for a smaller, more challenging choral experience. Since their inception, the Chamber Singers have performed to standing ovations both nationally and internationally, having toured Scandinavia (2000), Peru (2004), Greece & Bulgaria (2007), Italy (2013), and China (2014). Open to all students on campus by audition, the Chamber Singers includes musicians from a wide variety of academic disciplines and truly represents the University’s commitment to liberal education. The singers are dedicated to performance of the highest quality choral literature from the Renaissance through contemporary compositions, including classical, folk, jazz and popular, and music celebrating a global perspective. On occasion they combine with the University Chorus to perform major works with orchestra. Most recently the Chamber Singers were invited to sing for Chinese New Year at the Chinese Consulate in New York City.
Voice Specific Choral Groups
Based on voices available, and interest by students, 2 separate groups are offered: higher range (soprano and alto) and lower range (tenor / bass).
The AU Symphony Orchestra offers instrumentalists the opportunity to study and perform music ranging from the Baroque Era to the Twentieth Century. Each semester, visiting artists as well as student soloists are featured in performance with the Orchestra. Biannually, the Orchestra joins with the Chorus and Chamber Singers to perform large choral works, such as Orff's "Carmina Burana,” Mozart's "Requiem,” Handel's "Messiah," Bach’s “Magnificent,” and Vivaldi's "Gloria." Auditions are not required.
The Jazz Ensemble performs a wide variety of jazz in a standard big band setting. Students are encouraged to develop their skills in ensemble playing and to experiment with improvisation.
The Symphonic Band is open to any student who plays a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument, regardless of major. The repertoire ranges from orchestral transcriptions to original works composed for band or wind ensemble.