Matthew Olson, Director of Choral Activities

2023 Winter Tour | Madison & Chicago

Saturday, March 4 at 7:00pm
Kracum Performance Hall
Northfield, MN
Tickets: Free Admission

Thursday, March 16 at 7:30pm
First Unitarian Society Atrium, Madison (WI)
900 University Bay Dr, Madison, WI 53705
with Vel Phillips Memorial High School Choirs (Shawn Weber, conductor)
Tickets: Free Admission

Friday, March 17 at 7:30pm
4th Presbyterian Church Buchanan Chapel, Chicago (IL)
126 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611
with Jones College Prep H.S. Choirs (Katie Colby, conductor)
Tickets: Free Admission

Sunday, March 19 at 10:30am
Unitarian Church of Evanston (IL)
1330 Ridge Ave, Evanston, IL 60201
Sharing selections from 2023 tour program within a worship service

Carleton Choir & Chamber Choir

The Carleton Choir is Carleton’s flagship choral ensemble consisting of 60 mixed voices who pursue beautiful artistry amidst a welcoming and inclusive community. In addition to performing regularly on the Carleton College campus, the choir tours regularly sharing diverse choral works in styles as varied as classical, folk, a cappella pop, and global songs. Recent performance highlights include: Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah with baroque period orchestra, excerpts of Considering Matthew Shephard by Craig Hella Johnson with The Singers – MN Choral Artists, and the premier of The Agitators – a multi-movement work for choirs and jazz band by Laura Caviani. The choir also explores the divide between classical and pop music via recent collaborations with GRAMMY award-winning songwriter Carrie Newcomer, and Chris Koza of the band Rogue Valley. Carleton Choir rehearses Monday and Wednesdays from 4:45 – 6:00pm the first 8 weeks of the term.

Chamber Choir is a select ensemble of 20-24 intermediate and advanced singers who pursue musical excellence within repertoire ranging from the Renaissance era to commissioned contemporary works. In addition to concerts and tours with the Carleton Choir, the Chamber Choir collaborates with college and professional choirs from around the region including annual projects with the St. Olaf Chamber Choir. Carleton Chamber Choir members also sing in the Carleton Choir and a full-year commitment is expected (with exceptions given for students in a varsity sport, on a study abroad program, or who have received conductor approval). Chamber Choir rehearses Thursdays from 4:45 pm–6:15 pm the first 8 weeks of the term.