St. Olaf Chamber Singers

Suite Sounds: A Dance Suite for Voices

About the Ensemble

One of seven student choirs at St. Olaf College, the St. Olaf Chamber Singers (formerly know as the Early Music Singers and Repertory Singers) has a membership of 20-24 singers and focuses primarily on music of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Modern eras. Occasional performances range outside that repertory and have included American parlor songs and contemporary chamber music. The ensemble performs most of its music as a choral group, but students also have the opportunity to perform madrigals and other music appropriate for smaller ensembles, one to a part, or as soloists with early instruments.

The Chamber Singers performs a concert each term, and often joins forces each year with the St. Olaf Collegium Musicum, St. Olaf’s early instrument ensemble . Concerts are performed in Boe Memorial Chapel on the St. Olaf campus. Typically there is a thematic focus for the repertory each semester and it is reflected in the concert program. Other performances by the Chamber Singers include singing for Sunday morning services in Boe Chapel on campus, chapel presentations, and occasional performances off campus.

Membership in the St. Olaf Chamber Singers is open by audition to all St. Olaf students, both music majors and non-music majors, but normally includes only sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Membership in the Chamber Singers does not preclude participation in other choirs; students in the ensemble often sing in many of the large choral ensembles as well. Most also study voice privately with St. Olaf voice faculty. Auditions are held each year in early May for the following year’s group. The ensemble rehearses Tuesdays from 3:10-4:20 p.m. and Thursdays 3:45-4:45 p.m.

Performance Calendar

Sunday, October 21, 2018
10:30 a.m.
Worship Service
Boe Memorial Chapel

Sunday, November 11, 2018
7 p.m.
Fall Concert
Boe Memorial Chapel
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Sunday, April 14, 2019
10:30 a.m.
Worship Service
Boe Memorial Chapel

Sunday, April 14, 2019
7:30 p.m.
Spring Concert
Boe Memorial Chapel
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Musicians

Soprano
Hope Carey, Annandale, Va.
Bethany Frantsen, Waverly, Iowa
Martha Griffiths, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
Erica Hoops, Buffalo, Minn.
Anna Koopman, Motley, Minn.
Erika Malpass, Evergreen, Colo.
Alexandra Mascolo, Winter Park, Fla.
Abby Schneekloth, Rochester, Minn.

Alto
Felisa Armitage, Portland, Ore.
Larissa Banitt, Portland, Ore.
Emily Chmielewski, Hales Corners, Wis.
Emily Gilbertson, Calabasas, Calif.
Emily Kaliski, St. Charles, Ill.
Siriana Lundgren, Billings, Mont.

Tenor
Daniel Haakenson, Minneapolis, Minn.
Noah Han, Staples, Minn.
Brian Klein, East Windsor, N.J.
Holden Miller, Greeneville, Tenn.
Jacob Packard, Portland, Ore.

Bass
Cole Buss, Tualatin, Ore.
Nolan Catton, Salem, Ore.
Jon Madden, Fairport, N.Y.
Ben Parsell, Charlottesville, Va.
Jacob Pullen, Riverview, Fla.
Richard Spahn, Dekalb, Ill.

Collaborative Pianist
Kaitlyn Clawson Salem, Ore.