Choral Music

Since the program’s inception in 1900, the Wellesley College Choir was and continues to be an integral part of the Wellesley community.

Through more than a century of skilled, passionate conductors, 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. Through close collaborations with the Harvard Glee Club, the Cornell University Glee Club, the Penn Glee Club, and other men's choral groups, the Wellesley College Choir also masters repertoire for mixed ensembles.

If you are interested in learning more about the Choir Chamber Singers, and the Choral Scholars Program, take a look at the tabs to the left and find us on social media! We are on Facebook, twitter (@WellesleyChoir), and Instagram (@wellesleycollegechoir). Last but not least, the Choir blog can be found here!

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What is the time commitment for Choir and Chamber Singers?

Choir rehearses twice a week, Mondays from 6:00pm to 8:00pm and Thursdays from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. Chamber Singers rehearses once a week, Wednesdays from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. Both groups give several concerts through the year. Please see the schedule for more specific times.

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Can I get academic credit for singing in Choir or Chamber Singers?

Yes! If you request credit during the academic year, you may receive credit for MUS 250H, Performing Ensembles for Credit. The form is on the Music website under the Forms tab and must be completed online. The following requirements must be met:

General Guidelines for 250H, Performing Ensembles for Credit:

1) One-half (.5) unit of credit is given for a full year (two consecutive semesters) of participation in Choir and/or Chamber Singers. No credit will be given unless both semesters are completed satisfactorily.

2) A maximum of 2 units of credit toward the degree can be accumulated through 250H. Of the 32 units required for graduation, no more than 4 units in performing music may be counted toward the degree; thus students taking music lessons for credit during all four years at Wellesley cannot also receive degree credit via Music 250H.

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What do you do besides sing?

The choir travels to various locations, fraternizes with other world-class music groups, holds retreats to hone our craft, and generally has a good time. All of the aforementioned things do involve singing, but that’s what choir is all about. The Choir Tour, hosting men’s Glee Clubs for collaboration and bonding activities are all part of the group’s traditions.

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Tell me more about the Choir Tour!

Every year, the Choir goes on tour to a different location, with an international trip occurring every four years. In the past we’ve gone to Seoul, South Korea; Charlotte NC/Virginia; Montreal, CA; Portugal, the Baltics, and more. The tour occurs during Spring Break or Wintersession and is one of the best ways to get to know the Choir. It’s definitely a highlight of everyone’s year.