World-class training prepares you and your fellow vocalists for exceptional performances in one of our award-winning choral ensembles. With four large ensembles, there’s a place for you in choir at Lawrence.  

Combine elite performance with trust, respect, and community. With five major concerts a year, you learn to work together quickly and closely to put on incredible performances. Work in master classes with leading choral ensembles like Chanticleer and Roomful of Teeth. Comprehensive training with voice lessons, musicology and ethnomusicology training, visual and aural skills, and more help you leave Lawrence as a well-rounded, flexible choral performer. Discover valuable ensemble singing training for future vocal performers, future music educators, and future lifelong musicians.

Any student regardless of major can sing in our outstanding choirs. Audition requirements vary. Learn more about choir auditions.

Cantala

Conductor Phillip A. Swan
Audition required, five performances a year 

Students singing on stage

A select women’s ensemble comprised of primarily first and second-year students. Perform a wide range of unique and challenging repertoire that includes traditional women’s literature, world folk literature, and contemporary work. You can also perform and record new compositions by both established and emerging composers from both Lawrence and around the world. Cantala annually joins forces with the Lawrence University Concert Choir, Viking Chorale and Symphony Orchestra in performances of choral-orchestral masterworks.

The name Cantala is the result of merging of two Latin words. “Cant” is the Latin root for “to sing” and “ala” translates as “wings.” The intended meaning is: “on wings of song.”


Concert Choir

Director Stephen Sieck
Audition required, five performances a year 

The Lawrence University Concert Choir poses for a photo on the steps near the Music-Drama Center.

Concert Choir is a highly advanced mixed voice (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) ensemble that provides training for the aspiring professional singer. Experience a rich array of repertoire, performing both traditional and contemporary secular and sacred choral literature to the highest standards. This award-winning ensemble is regularly invited to perform at prestigious conferences and events including the American Choral Directors Association meeting.


Viking Bass Clef Ensemble

Director Stephen Sieck
Audition required, five performances a year

Student participates in a hybrid rehearsal with the Viking Chorale

Sing past and current repertoire for lower voices at the highest level of artistic excellence as part of Bass Clef Ensemble. This is a select ensemble of basses, tenors, and countertenors drawn from members of Viking Chorale.


Viking Chorale

Director Stephen Sieck
No formal audition required, five performances a year 

Singers with sheet music in hand during choir rehearsals in Memorial Chapel.

Spark the joy of ensemble singing! All students with an interest in singing are invited to participate in Viking Chorale, no experience or audition required. Sing in all major campus concerts and perform in the multi-ensemble oratorio that takes place each year. A balanced rehearsal schedule helps you manage your academic demands while preparing you to perform at a high artistic level. Discover a supportive, fun, and community-focused ensemble experience as you sing a wide variety of repertoire from choral classics to contemporary masterworks.


Vocal Spectrum

Directed by Phillip A. Swan
Audition required, three concerts a year 

Seven singers in black stand in semi-circle with music stands in front of them on stage.

Explore jazz, a cappella, world, and popular repertoire in this high-level mixed voice ensemble. Known as LUVS, Lawrence University Vocal Spectrum is comprised of 8-16 soprano, alto, tenor, and bass singers. Build skills in a range of styles and techniques while exploring and discovering deep connections between disparate musical genres. You’ll have opportunities to perform and take part in workshops with notable artists like Bobby McFerrin and Diana Krall.

LU Concert Choir performing in Memorial Chapel

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 Invitations

Lawrence choirs are regularly invited to perform at prominent meetings and conferences like the American Choral Directors Association. 

A musical life awaits. Take the next steps by applying and auditioning.

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