The Alma Choir
50 Voices (SSAATTBB)
Rehearsals: M-Th 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm, and Fridays at 4 pm. The Alma Choir rehearses in the College chapel. Rehearsals are open to the public and visitors are always welcome.
The Alma Choir is the senior choir on campus and is the primary touring choir in the Alma choral program. The Choir's reputation for excellence, its many traditions, and its ambitious performing, touring and recording schedule attract a group of talented students for whom choral singing is an important part of their lives. About 30% of Alma Choir members are preparing for careers as professional musicians. The other singers are busy preparing for careers in every imaginable area. The common thread that binds these students is the joy -- emotional, intellectual and spiritual -- found in singing together.
Alma Choir members are drawn primarily from the junior and senior classes. The singers have all earned their way into the Alma Choir through membership in the College Chorale and/or the Women's Glee Club. The Choir's reputation continues to grow with each new concert season and the release of each new CD recording. No other college choir in Michigan maintains the performing, touring and recording calendar that the Alma Choir enjoys.
After a concert on our 2011 Florida Tour.
Concert tours are taken both nationally and internationally. The annual February tour has taken the Choir to concerts in virtually every major North American city from Toronto to Miami. The Choir has made six week-long tours through Florida and has traveled the snowy route around Lake Michigan. The 2011 Florida tour included performances in Holiday, Naples, Ellenton, The Villages and Dunedin.
Our February 2013 Tour will take us to concerts in West Michigan and Chicago -- leading to a gala concert in Grand Rapids at DeVos Concert Hall on Sunday, March 3.
In May of every second year, the Alma Choir travels abroad.
Here's a list of past tours
- 2014 to Scotland (still to come, obviously)
- 2012 to Ireland
- 2010 to Scotland
- 2008 to Italy
- 2006 to Scotland
- 2004 to Poland and the Czech Republic
- 2002 to Scotland
- 2000 to France
- 1998 to Scotland.
Stephanie and Kelly in the Highlands of Scotland
In December of each year the Choir, along with the Chorale and Glee Club, presents the popular FESTIVAL OF CAROLS to standing-room-only audiences.
The Choir has accepted prestigious invitations to perform for conferences of the American Choral Directors Association in 1988 (Stravinsky Mass), 1994 (Brahms Requiem), and again in 1996. The Alma Choir has sung for the Michigan Music Education Conference three times (1988, 1995, and 2003) and performed for the conference again in January 2007 in collaboration with the College Percussion Ensemble. These invitations reflect the high regard in which professional music educators hold the Alma Choir.
Cameron and Anthony posing as Roman statues
Current Alma students should call (or e-mail)
Dr. Nichols at 7221 to set-up a membership audition.
High school students should contact Dr. Nichols to discuss the audition process and arrange an audition time.
Phone (989) 463-7221 / email email@example.com
Students enroll for 1 upper level credit: MUS 351
It was lucky for the city of Pisa that Carly was on tour with the Alma Choir!