Choral Ensembles

The SUNY New Paltz Choral Ensembles offer opportunities for singers of a wide range of experience to perform music of a great variety of styles and periods. The ensembles are open to all SUNY students regardless of major. For information about choral ensembles, contact Dr. Edward Lundergan at: lunderge@newpaltz.edu

College-Community Chorale draws its members from both the student body and the larger New Paltz community. No audition is required for membership. The chorus meets on Wednesday evenings. Its repertoire consists of folk songs, spirituals, classics of the choral repertoire, and major works with orchestra, often in collaboration with the College/Youth Symphony.

Recent performances have included Brahms's German Requiem, Beethoven's Mass in C (with the Greater Newburgh Symphony), Vaughan Williams's Dona Nobis Pacem, folk songs from Japan, Thailand, and Mongolia, and an evening of opera choruses.

Concert Choir, the major performing choral ensemble of the College, is dedicated to the performance of sacred and secular music of the highest caliber. Concert Choir meets two afternoons per week. Its membership consists of 35 to 40 student singers chosen by audition. The group's repertoire reaches from the 18th century to the present, with an emphasis on 20th century American works.

Recent performances include William Schuman's Carols of Death, Peter Schickele's After Spring Sunset, Mozart's Solemn Vespers, and the Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes.

Chamber Singers is a select ensemble of 12 to 16 voices which specializes in the performance of vocal chamber music and a cappella choral literature from the 16th century to the present. The ensemble meets two afternoons per week.

Recent repertoire includes Hindemith's Six Chansons, Britten's Five Flower Songs, and Libertango, by the Argentine composer Astor Piazzola.


Instrumental Ensembles

Students who play orchestral instruments are eligible to join the College/Youth Symphony, which is in residence on campus. The ensemble includes qualified high school and college students as well as professional musicians. For more information, contact Christiana Fortune-Reader, director, at: readerc@newpaltz.edu.

Symphonic Band performs the highest quality music for wind ensemble in various styles including classical, contemporary, and popular. Membership is open to all qualified students on campus. Students as well as guest artists are invited to appear as soloists with the band. For more information about Symphonic Band. contact Dr. Joël Evans, music director at: evansj@newpaltz.edu 

Collegium Musicum is an ensemble specializing in music of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. The ensemble plays both on campus every semester, and occasionally off campus, in period costume using the College's collection of period instruments. These include various strings, woodwinds, and harpsichord, and also accepts vocalists. Membership is open to qualified students, faculty, and members of the community. For more information about Collegium Musicum, contact Dr. Joël Evans, music director, at: evansj@newpaltz.edu

Jazz Ensembles

For more information about jazz ensembles, contact Mark Dziuba, Jazz Studies program director, at: dziubam@newpaltz.edu

Chamber Jazz Ensembles are smaller ensembles (3 to 7 performers) which allow students to use their performance and improvisational skills in concert. These ensembles perform both on and off campus each semester.

Our newest jazz performing group, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, works with an instrument rhythm section and performs regularly both on and off campus.