The Calvin Women's Chorale is an honor choir, open by audition to female students from every class and discipline. Founded in 2001 by Dr. Pearl Shangkuan, the Calvin Women's Chorale has already performed at festivals throughout Michigan. The Women's Chorale sings at the annual Calvin Music Festival, the Festival of Lessons and Carols, and presents a full concert each spring. In 2011 the Calvin Women's Chorale released its second recording, Celebremus. In 2012, the choir spent twelve days in May on an iterim tour to South Africa.
The Calvin Women's Chorale rehearses on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Praised by prominent American composer Stephen Paulus for its "beautiful tone, precision and balance, and artistry," the Calvin Women's Chorale is a women's honor choir founded by Dr. Pearl Shangkuan in 2001. Some highlights of past seasons include performing at the state convention of the Michigan ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) in 2003, a performance enthusiastically received by conductors from all over the state. The Women's Chorale has collaborated with area performing groups such as the Holland Chorale in a concert of Stephen Paulus' music in the Dimnent Chapel of Hope College, and with Embellish, a handbell ensemble, in a performance at the Basilica of Saint Adalbert, and made its debut with the Grand Rapids Symphony in Debussy’s Nocturnes. The Women's Chorale has toured South Africa, China and South Korea, California and the Pacific Northwest and the East Coast of the United States, and Canada.
(For upperclass students.) Please contact the director of the choir to schedule an audition time.
The audition will consist of vocalizations, sight reading, and tonal memory. (Additional requirements may be necessary depending on the choir. Contact the director for specific information.)
Please visit our Future Tours webpage for upcoming ensemble tours.
For more information regarding music tours, please contact Jason Reiffer, Music Tours Coordinator, at (616) 526-6432.
Please visit the Calvin Campus Store for available ensemble recordings.
Calvin Music Festival 2011