Camerata Singers is the premiere, auditioned choral ensemble of the Department of Music at Longwood University.
Since its founding in 1976, the choir has performed throughout the United States including prestigious venues such as the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. and St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. In 2004 the choir was invited to perform at the VMEA state conference in Norfolk.
The choir meets MWF 11-11:50, with additional rehearsals and performances as scheduled throughout the semester. Students are expected to demonstrate advanced musicianship and sight-reading skills, and are responsible for working outside of class to master and memorize their music.
As a student organization, members of the choir elect officers who are instrumental in fund raising, travel, and outreach. Members of the Camerata Singers serve as ambassadors to the school and community while providing high standards of performance of the finest choral music.
Camerata Singers is the perfect opportunity for advanced singers to participate in one of Longwood's most visible musical organizations. Students from all majors are eligible. Previous choral experience and exceptional musical skills are desirable.
Audition Dates: For Fall 2013 - MARCH 21-22, 2013, Wygal 211. E-mail Dr. McDermott for details.
The Audition consists of:
1. Exploration of the Voice: the student will sing simple exercises to explore range and comfortable tessitura, and to demonstrate vocal quality.
2. Sight Reading: the student will be asked to read a brief passage of music. After a minute to study the example, the student will be given a starting pitch and will sing a cappella, using any music reading system or reading on a neutral syllable (for example, "la").
3. Evaluation of Vocal Production: students auditioning for select ensembles will sing a short song or portion of a song to demonstrate vocal quality, breathing, phrasing, and diction. The song should be an art song, aria, patriotic song, folk song, or hymn.
4. Interview: the student will have a few minutes to talk with the director, ask questions, and share any concerns.
Camerata Singers at Farmville Baptist Church, January 27, 11:00 a.m.
High school appearances in the Charlottesville area, February 28.
All Choirs Concert: The Poetry of Music. March 18, 7:30 p.m., Jarman Theater.
Camerata Singers with Lynchburg Symphony and Jefferson Choral Society, April 21, 3:00, E. C. Glass HS, Lynchburg.
Camerata Singers Spring Concert, April 25, 7:30 p.m.; Farmville United Methodist Church
Dr. Pamela McDermott
Wygal Hall, Office 211
"Being a member of the Camerata Singers is so musically fulfilling. I consistently leave rehearsals rejuvenated and excited, and am so thankful to be able to make music with this group of singers on a regular basis."
Kelsey Butterfield, Class of 2010.