Audience in Woolsey Hall

Ensembles

The Institute sponsors eight choral ensembles at Yale University. NOTE: Choral activities are curtailed for the 2020–2021 season. See the ISM main page for virtual events and other news.

Audition information

Yale Camerata

Founded by Marguerite L. Brooks in 1985 and now conducted by André J. Thomas, the Yale Camerata is a chorus whose members are Yale graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, staff, and experienced singers from the New Haven community. In fall 2020 the Camerata will hold virtual auditions, rehearsals, and performances.

Yale Schola Cantorum

Yale Schola Cantorum, founded in 2003 by Simon Carrington, is a chamber choir that sings in concerts and choral services. Its principal conductor is David Hill;  Masaaki Suzuki is principal guest conductor. Singers receive a $5,500 annual stipend. Schola is open to students from any school or department at Yale, but will not accept new members in fall 2020.

Battell Chapel Choir 

Battell Chapel Choir, a part of the University Church in Yale, is conducted by graduate choral conducting students and open to all Yale students. The choir sings for ecumenical worship services on Sundays during the academic year and offers two or three additional concerts. Members are chosen by audition and paid for singing in the choir, but new members will not be accepted in fall 2020.

Marquand Chapel Choir

The Marquand Chapel Choir, conducted by graduate choral conducting students, sings weekly for services at the Divinity School chapel. The choir is open to all students and welcomes singers of varying experience. For more information, write to marquandchoir@gmail.com.

Marquand Gospel and Inspirational Choir

The Marquand Gospel and Inspirational Choir (MaGIC), led by Mark Miller, sings twice a month in Marquand services as well as for special services during the academic year. Repertoire comes mainly from the African American sacred tradition, often featuring compositions by the ensemble’s director. Joyful singing, creating community, celebrating diversity, and having fun are the spiritual principles of the ensemble. For more information, write to michael.steibe@yale.edu.

Repertory Chorus and Recital Chorus 

Repertory Chorus and Recital Chorus, conducted by graduate choral conducting majors, give up to six performances per year. Members are chosen by audition and perform an eclectic repertoire in many styles, both sacred and secular. Singers normally elect to receive either credit or remuneration for their participation, but new members will not be accepted in fall 2020.

Berkeley Choir

Berkeley Chapel Choir, conducted by Institute students (either divinity or music), is a volunteer ensemble that sings during the academic year for weekly Berkeley Divinity School Eucharist in Marquand Chapel. Repertoire varies, but focuses primarily on the Anglican choral tradition. Section leaders receive remuneration for their participation.

Episcopal Church at Yale (ECY) Choir

Episcopal Church at Yale (ECY) Choir, conducted by graduate students (either ISM or School of Music), provides music for ECY worship services. Eight members are paid. Open primarily to students from any school of Yale.