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Concert Choir, Chorale, Choral Union
The Department of Fine Arts offers two choral organizations for student participation, the Concert Choir and the Chorale for one hour course credit. In addition, both choirs are open to any GWU student, regardless of major, and they combine to form the Choral Union.
The Concert Choir (MUSC 170) is the official touring music organization of the University. It performs several times each semester on campus or travels to area/regional churches and high schools during the semester and Spring Break. The choir is selected by audition in April of the previous school year and as positions are available during orientation weekend in mid-August. Rehearsing four times per week, students perform challenging choral music from all historical periods. In addition, students of the Concert Choir tour abroad every four years. The choir has performed in Carnegie Hall, toured Europe, the Holy Land, Egypt, and Costa Rica. Enrollment is by audition only. Contact the conductor of the Concert Choir, Dr. Paul J. Etter, for more information.
The Chorale (MUSC 175) is a non-audition choir that performs a wide variety of musical styles on campus twice a semester. Rehearsing twice per week it also participates in Choral Union. Contact the Conductor of the Chorale, Dr. Paul J. Etter, for more information.
In the fall is the annual GWU Choral Clinic. An invited, nationally recognized choral conductor leads the clinic. Nearly 200 North and South Carolina high school students are invited to participate. This event culminates in a concert featuring the mass choir and GWU’s Concert Choir.
Each spring, the combined GWU choirs join with a regional orchestra to present great choral masterpieces (eg. Haydn's Creation, Handel's Messiah, Brahms Requiem and Rutter’s Magnificat) in the annual Choral Union Concert.