Choral Ensembles


With three choirs open to all students regardless of your concentration, there is a place for everyone in our program. With musicians involved with every academic discipline on campus, our program is proud to champion the values of musical excellence, community, diversity, and multiculturalism.

For information about COVID-19 protocols for singing and choral ensembles, see the COVID-19 page.

Hamilton Voices
rehearses Mondays and Wednesdays 7-9 pm

Hamilton Voices is a flexible vocal ensemble that studies and performs a selection of music based on a specific time period, vocal technique, theme, or style. The group seeks to respond to, create awareness of, or engage with current issues through interdisciplinary artistic expression.

In fall 2020, Hamilton Voices will explore the possibilities of Technology, Social Justice and Collaboration as a response to the limitations COVID-19 places on the safe practice of choral music.

Conductor: Charlotte Botha
Rehearse 4 hours per week
Earn 0.25 credit per semester
Membership determined by audition

Hamilton College Choir

The Hamilton College Choir performs a diverse repertoire from around the world and spanning several centuries. In addition to performances on campus and in neighboring communities, the 60-voice choir tours annually during the spring recess; recent tours have ranged as far as Chicago, Boston, Montreal, and St. Petersburg, Florida. The Choir also tours internationally every four years, most recently to Italy in 2017.  The College Choir will not meet in the Fall of 2020 due to the limitations COVID-19 places on the safe practice of choral music.

Conductor: Charlotte Botha
Rehearse 4 hours per week (usually MW 7-9pm)
Earn 0.25 credit per semester
Membership determined by audition

Masterworks Chorale

Open to any member of the community without audition, Masterworks Chorale brings together Hamilton students, faculty, and staff with members of the surrounding community to perform great choral masterworks; recent repertoire has included the Verdi and Mozart Requiems, John Rutter Gloria, and Lili Boulanger Psalm 80. They are accompanied by Symphoria and perform with outstanding vocal soloists from around the region. Masterworks Chorale will not meet in the Fall of 2020 due to the limitations COVID-19 places on the safe practice of choral music.

Conductor: G. Roberts Kolb
Rehearse 2 hours per week (Sundays 7-9pm)
Earn 0.25 credit per semester
No audition required

Director of Choral activities

Charlotte BothaCharlotte Botha is director of choral activities at Hamilton College. She is receiving her DMA in Choral Conducting (Music Theory as related field) from the University of North Texas, where she served as conductor of the Women’s Chorus and assistant conductor of the University Singers over the past three years. More recently, Charlotte worked as assistant conductor of the Dallas Symphony Chorus. Since her tenure as conductor of the Drakensberg Boys Choir, Charlotte’s approach to rehearsal, performance and group vocal discovery has become permeated by the principles of Choregie and the choral artist’s role in the pursuit of social justice. Charlotte’s research interests include the study of choral text-painting and equitable practices for the inclusive programming of music by and for marginalized members of the music community.

Applications and Auditions

Submitting a Recording With Your College Application

Music recordings for applications to the College are submitted online with your application, and shared with the appropriate faculty member for review. Please include two musical works that demonstrate contrasting styles, and that best show your musical abilities.

Auditions for Choral Groups

To audition for Hamilton Voices, submit the following materials to Professor Botha at cbotha@hamilton.edu by Friday 08/21/2020 11:59am

  • application form
  • video recording of an art song or folksong
  • video or audio recording of a song from We Rise: A Movement Songbook 

Audition instructions can be found here

You may email Professor Botha with any questions about this process.

Contact Information


Professor Charlotte Botha

Director of Choral Activities
Department of Music 
Hamilton College
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
315.859.4864 cbotha@hamilton.edu
Choir is ... the absolute best thing at Hamilton.

Tom Williams '11

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