About the Amherst College Choral Society

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The Amherst College Choral Society first began to materialize when the Glee Club was founded as an octet back in the spring of 1865. Today, Choral Society is made up of four different groups, the Glee Club, the Chorus, the Concert Choir, and the Madrigal Singers. We have toured to over 60 countries, and have an upcoming tour this spring to Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. We are directed by Dr. Arianne Abela and assistant conductor Ellen Mutter '18.

If you are interested in joining Choral Society, please email Dr. Abela at aabela@amherst.edu! We hold vocal placements in the beginning of each semester and take students from a wide range of singing backgrounds.

This season, we are especially excited to be working on repertoire from Baltic composers like Ēriks Ešenvalds, Veljo Tormis, and M.K Čiurlionis. We have premiered works by Colin Britt and Amherst Music Professor Eric Sawyer, have had masterclasses with Caroline Shaw and Stacey Gibbs, collaborated with Amherst Symphony Orchestra and presented a semi-staged production of Bizet's Carmen, and performed alongside renowned singer/songwriter Shara Nova!


Upcoming events:

Saturday, April 20th, 8 PM
Unclouded Day: Concert Choir Spring Concert 
Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College

Sunday, May 5th, 2 PM
Madrigal Singers Spring Concert
Babbott Room, The Octagon, Amherst College

Saturday, May 25th, 9:15 PM $
Commencement Concert
Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College

Thursday, May 30th, 6:30 PM
Baltics Tour Concert I: Collaboration with Eesti Seltsi Segakoor and conductor Heli Jürgenson
Estonian Methodist Church, Tallinn, Estonia

Saturday, June 1st, 10:00 AM
Masterclass with Ēriks Ešenvalds
St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia

Saturday, June 1st, 6:00 PM
Baltics Tour Concert II
St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia

Tuesday, June 4th, 6:30PM
Baltics Tour Concert III
St. John's Church, Vilnius, Lithuania