has a history of performance dating back over a century. As a part of a college committed to the liberal arts, its members represent a wide variety of academic interests and pursuits. In addition to several concerts on campus and in neighboring communities, the 60-voice choir presents a musical at the beginning of the spring semester, and tours annually during the spring recess. Recent tours have ranged as far as Chicago to the west, Boston to the east, Montreal to the north and Atlanta to the south. In addition, the Choir has toured Europe eight times, most recently a tour of Italy in 2009. [To be inserted] to hear the choir (mp3 file -488 K). Still want more? [To be inserted].
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is a chamber vocal ensemble that draws its singers from the College Choir. Its repertoire is drawn from all historical periods vocal genres.
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founded in 1975 as The Hamilton College and Community Oratorio Society, is an organization of approximately one hundred twenty singers and is open to any member of the community without audition. The Oratorio Society brings together Hamilton students, faculty, staff and their families with members of the surrounding communities to sing great choral masterworks, accompanied by some of the finest orchestral musicians and vocal soloists in the area. G. Roberts Kolb has been the director of this group since 1981.
[To be inserted] to hear the Oratorio Society.
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G. ROBERTS KOLB is a Professor of Music and Director of Choral Music at Hamilton. A graduate of Occidental College, his postgraduate education includes a year of study at the School of Theology at Claremont, California, a master's degree in Choral Conducting from the California State University at Fullerton, and a doctorate in Choral Music from the University of Illinois. Before coming to Hamilton in 1981, Prof. Kolb taught at Smith College, where he conducted the Smith Choirs and Glee Club. He has been Musical Director of both the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble and the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble (Ithaca, NY), and is Director of Music at the Stone Presbyterian Church in Clinton, NY. He is a contributing author to Up Front! Becoming the Complete Choral Conductor and Five Centuries of Choral Music.
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On CD (preferred) or DVD, please include two musical works (or movements of works) that demonstrate contrasting styles, and that best show your musical abilities. Please send directly to the Admissions Office. If you are going to visit the campus, why not audition in person! Just contact Professor Kolb.
Auditions take place during Orientation Week in August and during the first week of classes during the Fall terms. Sign-up sheets are posted outside Schambach 208.
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"Choir is ... the absolute best thing at Hamilton."
Tom Williams '11
"I joined the Choir for my one-year exchange (2004-2005) at Hamilton. Made my time on the Hill an unforgettable experience! I am still in touch with some of my friends from Hamilton -- I met all of them in Choir...."
Michael Dahmen (Dortmund, Germany)
"Joining choir was the best decision I made in college. Hands down I miss it so much, there are no words!"
Fiona MacQuarrie Helmuth '09
"I love singing with such a large, talented group of people. As a first-year, the challenging material we are singing seemed quite an undertaking, but it was a challenge well worth the reward of sounding beautiful by the end of our six day tour."
Katya Efimenko '02
"Coming to Hamilton, I had no plans of joining the College Choir, but now I'm very glad I did. Choir is filled with a very diverse group of students, and the whole experience is very exciting, challenging, and fun!"
Gregory Weyer '02
"Rob teaches us to sing musically -- not just read notes and sing words, but shape them into something more meaningful and profound."
Anne Egger '00
"Choir has been one of the best experiences I've had at Hamilton College. Rob is so wonderful and he makes choir a lot of fun and very exciting. Choir will probably be the thing I miss most about Hamilton."
Sarah Hesse '99
"I loved every minute of singing on the Hill with Rob! Some of my strongest friendships from college were formed in those rehearsals and over tours."
Ginny Boyer Losita '90
"Most definitely the best time spent at Hamilton! Loved the music. Loved the choir tours. Loved Rob. I couldn't wait to get to those rehearsals each week -- never missed any in 4 years. Choir was my refuge, and the memories will last a lifetime!"
Julie Baron Ferrera '88
"[Singing in the Hamilton Choir] was certainly one of the best experiences of my life, my only regret being my stupidity in waiting to audition for choir until my senior year. At least my timing was good -- I got to accompany the group to Spain!"
Dave Hitchcock '84