Matthew Olson, Director of the Carleton Choir

Choir & Chamber Choir

Carleton Choir is Carleton’s flagship choral ensemble consisting of 60 mixed voices who strive to create beautiful music within a welcoming and inclusive community. The choir tours every other year, explores diverse repertoire ranging from classical music to a cappella covers, and has recently collaborated with acclaimed singers and songwriters including Chris Koza of Rogue Valley and GRAMMY award-winner, Carrie Newcomer. Recent performances have also included: Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah, 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. 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 16-20 intermediate and advanced singers who pursue musical excellence within repertoire ranging from the Renaissance era to commissioned new 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 the St. Olaf Chamber Choir. Carleton Chamber Choir members also sing in the Carleton Choir and a full-year commitment is strongly encouraged (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.

Carleton Choir & Chamber Choir Placements

A casual audition is required for both Carleton Choir and Chamber Choir. During this time, you’ll share information about your music background, sing a few vocal warm-ups, have your vocal range assessed, and sing pitch-matching exercises. For those interested in chamber choir, basic sight-reading will also be included. You do not need to prepare an aria or choir excerpt.

First-Year Students: May sign up via Moodle for available times on September 7, 8, 9, 2022.

Wednesday, September 7, 4:45 -7:15pm

Thursday, September 8, 12:30-5:30pm

Friday, September 9, 12:00 – 4:00pm 

Returning Students: Contact Director of Choral Activities, Matthew Olson.

Private Voice Lessons

For private voice lessons please visit the Private Voice Lesson Interviews.