MU's chorale ensemble

The Chorale at Millersville University is the most select choral ensemble on campus.  It is comprised of 32 experienced singers of various majors and academic levels.

Each singer must pass a difficult vocal audition in order to earn a position in the ensemble.

The Chorale performs a vast array of challenging musical compositions, including Mozart’s Requiem, Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

The ensemble often collaborates with various other ensembles, including the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra and the most select choral ensemble at Franklin and Marshall College.

This past Sunday, March 22, was the Chorale’s most recent performance.

For fifty continuous minutes, they sang Robert Convert’s “Songs of Children,” a poignant cantata written in memory of the children who perished in the Holocaust.

Director of the Chorale, Dr. Jeffrey Gemmell, stated that their performance on Sunday at Lititz Church of the Brethren was “just phenomenal.”

According to Gemmell, Convert’s work was “full of depth and power.” He stated that the Chorale received an “immediate standing ovation” at the end of their performance.

The women’s chorus group practicing at Lyte auditorium and are dedicated to making the best of their time. They are always looking for new members to join their team of singers. Photo by Christian Shuts.
The women’s chorus group practicing at Lyte auditorium and are dedicated to making the best of their time. They are always looking for new members to join their team of singers. Photo by Christian Shuts.

Karen Doughty, a sophomore Psychology major with a minor in voice, has been a member of Chorale for three semesters.

She stated that the show on Sunday “went great” and that “the acoustics in the church were really good.”

Doughty has participated in choral singing for ten years, but she claims that her involvement in Chorale has been a “different, more intimate experience” because of the ensemble’s high vocal caliber and each member’s passion for singing.

The Chorale performs Songs of Children for a second time on Thursday, April 2 at 7:30 P.M. in Lyte Auditorium.

Dr. Gemmel is excited to make the “student body aware of the opportunity to sing” in the choral groups on Millersville University camps.

Auditions for Chorale take place at the beginning of each fall semester, and experienced singers of the Millersville community are encouraged to try out.