TO: Fall 2018 First year, Transfer, and Guest students
FROM: The Haverford College Department of Music
Heidi Jacob, Director of Orchestra and Chamber Music
Nathan Zullinger, Director of Chorale and Chamber Singers
SUBJECT: Orchestral and Choral programs
Welcome to the Haverford-Bryn Mawr musical community! If you are interested in playing in the orchestra or singing in a choir, this memo has some helpful information. This year there are over 400 Haverford and Bryn Mawr students participating in faculty- and student-led ensembles and private lessons. Unlike at a school with a conservatory or large music department, non-majors are not crowded out of opportunities to sing or play in a fine ensemble or perform as a soloist with one of our choirs or orchestras.
If you are interested in the Orchestral and Choral programs, please complete the form below:
Contact: Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Bi-College Orchestra and Director of Instrumental Studies Heidi Jacob, Director, 610-896-1010,
As an instrumentalist, there are many opportunities to perform both in the orchestra and in chamber music at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges.
THE BI-CO HAVERFORD/BRYN MAWR ORCHESTRA
The Bi-Co Orchestra presently has over 70 members, rehearses weekly on Thursday evenings from 7:00-9:30 p.m. in Roberts Hall, Marshall Auditorium, and presents one to two performances each semester. Sectionals are also on Thursday evenings and run by top professional musicians from the Philadelphia area, including members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. The orchestra has performed such works as Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, Sibelius’ Second Symphony, Kodaly’s Dances of Galanta, Tchaikowsky’s Fifth Symphony and Romeo and Juliet Overture, Mahler’s Third Symphony, Dvorak’s Symphony in G Major and New World Symphony and Woodwind Serenade in d minor, Beethoven's Fifth and Seventh Symphonies, Prokofieff's Lieutenant Kije and Romeo and Juliet, overtures by Verdi, Rossini and Schubert, and new orchestral works by Haverford Professors Curt Cacioppo and Ingrid Arauco.
Selected string players have the opportunity to perform in The Chamber Orchestra First Editions, an ensemble made up of Haverford, Bryn Mawr, and Swarthmore students as well as leading professionals from the Philadelphia area. In addition, selected members of the Bi-Co Orchestra have the opportunity to perform in the orchestra for the Bi-Co Haverford/Bryn Mawr Chorale Orchestra, performing works such as Verdi’s Requiem, Brahms, Berlioz, Fauré, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, or Handel’s Messiah and Israel and Egypt. The Bi-Co Chorale orchestra often includes professional musicians as well as students and graduates of the Boyer College of Music at Temple University and the Curtis Institute of Music.
BI-CO CHAMBER MUSIC
The Bi-Co Chamber Music program is open to all orchestral instrumentalists as well as pianists who have passed an audition (see auditions below). Students in Chamber Music have performed works such as Piano Quintets by Schumann, Shostakovich, Dvorak, and Brahms, Piano Quartets by Schumann, Brahms, and Mozart, String Quartets by Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, Schubert, Beethoven, and Mozart, Flute and Oboe Quartets by Mozart and Gordon Jacob, as well as Clarinet Trios by Brahms, Beethoven, and Bruch, and Piano Trios by Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Schubert, and Beethoven. The program reflects a wide range of instrumental styles and instrumentation including woodwind and brass quintets, percussion ensemble, piano four-hand, woodwind duos and trios, and flute choir.
Every year Bi-Co Chamber Music ensembles have the opportunity to perform in master classes given by internationally renowned artists. In the past students have performed in Master Classes given by members of The Orion, Ying, Cavani, Colorado, and Mendelssohn String Quartets, Boston Brass, The American Brass Quintet, and Bard Music Festival musicians. This year, students will have the opportunity to work with Cellist Christine Lamprea, Pianist Sara Davis Buechner, Zorá String Quartet, The Omer String Quartet, in a residency with the new music ensemble Network for New Music, and with David Kim, Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra. The Bi-Co Chamber Music program was featured several years ago as part of WHYY's (Philadelphia’s PBS TV station) documentary Creative Campuses.
CHORAL AND VOCAL STUDIES
Contact: Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral and Vocal Studies Nate Zullinger, Director,
BI-CO CHORAL MUSIC AT HAVERFORD AND BRYN MAWR
Ensemble singing has long been an important part of traditional campus life at Haverford and Bryn Mawr. The Bi-Co community is home to an unusually large variety of faculty-led and student-led singing groups embracing a wide range of musical styles.
The Bi-Co Chamber Singers are a select mixed chamber choir of 32-36 voices who perform a challenging and varied repertoire ranging from Renaissance polyphony and Baroque vocal concertos to international folk-based styles and new works by today’s most important composers. Students in Chamber Singers are also eligible for enhanced subsidies for private study and for major solos with the Chorale and orchestra. Rehearsals for Chamber Singers are Monday and Tuesday afternoons in MacCrate Hall (HC) and Thursday afternoons in the Music Room at Goodhart Hall (BMC) from 4:40-6:00pm. While students often continue in Chamber Singers from year to year, we always have seniors graduate and juniors going abroad, so there are usually open slots in all sections.
Many of the students who sing in Chamber Singers are also leaders or members of one of the many student a cappella groups. Announcements for auditions for these groups will be posted during the first week of classes. We also work closely with the athletic department to try to enable singer/athletes to be able to take advantage of both sports and music opportunities as much as possible. Recent singers have been leaders on the fencing, soccer, cricket, and track teams. If you have any questions about whether you can make your schedule work for a sport and Chamber Singers, please contact Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral and Vocal Studies Nate Zullinger at and/or your coach.
Wednesday night is Bi-Co Chorale night in the Bi-Co community! As many as 150 students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members look forward to a mid-week break singing the great masterworks of the oratorio repertoire in performances with a full orchestra made up of the more advanced players from the Bi-Co orchestra supplemented by professional musicians and music students from area conservatories. Soloists have included students who are members of Chorale and Chamber Singers and guest artists. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings 6:50–8:50pm in Marshall Auditorium (HC). Visitors are always welcome at rehearsals.
Auditions for the Orchestra, Chamber Music, Chamber Singers, and Chorale will be held during Customs Week and the first weeks of classes. Auditions are simple, quick and friendly! Orchestral instrumentalists will be asked to play a piece of their own choice and/or a selected orchestral excerpt. Pianists interested in chamber music will be asked to both perform a piece of their own choice and to sight-read. Information and materials for auditions will be available at the annual meeting held the Thursday evening during the first week of classes in Marshall Auditorium at Haverford.
Auditions for Bi-Co Chorale and Chamber Singers include vocalizations for range and pitch matching exercises to test your ear. In addition, for Chamber Singers, there is sight-reading, and it is to your advantage, but not required, to bring a prepared solo if you have one (no accompanist required). Check audition boards in Union and Goodhart for more specific information as soon as you arrive on campus.
Once accepted into any of the above ensembles, you have the option of registering for 1/2 unit credit (pass/fail) (registration for credit is required for Chamber Singers or Chorale). Graded credit is also awarded for private study.
Partially subsidized lessons with a broad range of some of the fine professional musicians in the Philadelphia area are also available to students at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges. We have a list of teachers for approved study, many of whom are graduates of the Curtis Institute of Music, or teach at the Curtis Institute, Temple University, and/or perform with major musical organizations in the city. Many, though not all, will come to either the Haverford or Bryn Mawr campus to teach. Students at Haverford and Bryn Mawr who are members of the Orchestra, Chorale, or Chamber Singers are eligible to take private lessons in voice, piano, or orchestral instruments for credit with a partial subsidy. Students are required to take at least 10 lessons per semester and perform a jury at the end of the semester for members of the music department.
If you are interested in private lessons for credit and/or subsidy, indicate this at the time of your audition. Lists of teachers will be made available during the first week of classes. You can then call to arrange for a lesson time, or, in the case of voice teachers, sign up for an exploratory meeting with one or more of the teachers during the first week of classes.
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See you in the Fall!