Since the choral program’s inception in 1900 by then President of the College, Caroline Hazard, the Wellesley College Choir was and continues to be an integral part of the Wellesley community. Under the direction of Hamilton C. MacDougall, a faculty member of the Music Department at the time, the Choir led weekly worship services and sang for other major events on campus, such as commemorative services for composer Sir Arthur Sullivan and Queen Elizabeth II. Over the course of more than a century of several skilled, passionate conductors --from Randall Thompson, the illustrious composer, to Dr. Lisa Graham, the Choir’s current conductor--the Choir has traveled around the world to perform at renowned locations like St. Peter’s Basilica in Italy, the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., La Basilique Notre-Dame in Montreal, and the Mezquita in Cordoba. However, no venue is more cherished than Wellesley College’s own Houghton Chapel, where the Choir not only rehearses but also performs everything from Renaissance music to modern-day pieces. However, the Choir sings more than works tailored for a women's choral group. Through close collaborations with the Harvard Glee Club, the Cornell University Glee Club, the Virginia Glee Club, and other men's choral groups, the Wellesley College Choir also masters repertoire for coed singing groups. Wellesley College is proud to be a founding Institutional member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization.
If you are interested in learning more, you may find information on the Choir, Chamber Singers, and the Choral Scholars Program; the credit you can earn through the choral program; fun photos; performance and tour dates and times; and much more on the tabs to the left.
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