Rowan Choirs

Rowan Choirs

Welcome to Rowan University Choirs! 

We’re proud to offer performance opportunities for students of all majors. Explore this page to learn more about our ensembles and upcoming events.

Whether you are studying to become a professional musician or educator, engineer or psychologist,
we hope you will join one of our fine ensembles. 


Who We Are Summer Choral-Vocal Camp
Join a Choir!
 High School Choral Festival
University Chorus
Concert Choir Rowan Choirs Abroad 
Voces Shadow Days for
Prospective Students

Who We Are

Welcome to Rowan Choirs!  We are a vibrant community of singers of all majors connected through our love of music, singing, and community.  Whether you were in all-state choruses, grew up singing in a spiritual institution, or loved making music in middle or high school, there is a place for you to discover and grow your voice.  Our program thrives by living the following goals, ideas, and beliefs.  

Rowan Choirs works to:

  • Transform the lives of all majors on campus who sing through artistic, well-sung, and thought-provoking rehearsal and performance.
  • Serve the greater choral community by offering workshops and performance opportunities for secondary students and educators.
  • Contribute to the artistic sensibility of all members of the Rowan University community.  
  • Perform domestically and abroad to connect more deeply with the lineage of choral music in Western and non-Western cultures.
  • Perform one intentionally themed program every year that broadens our awareness of music’s role as
    art, endeavoring to evoke—or invoke—a response to an issue, concept, culture, or event. 
  • Perform contemporary music that includes a responsible balance of new and significant works of cbthomasunderrepresented composers and perform historical repertoire from each era.
  • Work collaboratively with non-vocal ensembles, even in experimental or non-traditional ways, to encourage community, creativity, and discovery.
  • Model professional responsibility and concern for creating music while thoughtfully nurturing one another as learners and performers.

Consider attending a concert, singing with us, or becoming a friend of the program.  Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us!
Christopher Thomas, DMA
Director of Choral Activities

Join a Choir!

All majors from all across campus sing in the choirs!  Our singers include engineers, biological scientists, medical students, education majors, business majors, and dozens more.  Not only is singing in a choir a great way to feel connected to the campus community and provide an outlet for creative expression, but it can also fulfill your Artistic Literacy for the Rowan Core!  

If you are interested in singing in a choir, we recommend registering for University Chorus.  There is no audition and it is a one-credit class in banner.  If you are interested in auditioning for the most advanced choir, Concert Choir, you must register for an audition here.

***Voice Majors taking Applied Voice Lessons, including BM in Education, Music Therapy, Performance, Composition, Bachelor of Arts, and Voice Minors.  

  • Fall placement: Choral Placements for voice majors occur the day before classes begin.  Information for the choral placement audition will be emailed by August 15.  You will sing an excerpt of your solo repertoire, sight-sing, and perform a prepared section.  
  • Spring placement:  Assignments remain the same for the entire academic year, but students placed into University Chorus for the fall semester may audition for Concert Choir in the spring semester by contacting Dr. Thomas.   

University Chorus

Dr. Lorraine Lynch, conductor

University Chorus is a mixed-voice ensemble open to all majors from the entire campus community.  Literature is varied and representative of different periods of music, including contemporary compositions and non-western genres. Choristers share in the excitement of the creative process as they prepare one concert each semester. All interested students are encouraged to register for the class in banner, or contact the conductor for more information. No audition is required.  Rehearsals are held each Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00-6:15pm.


Concert Choir

Dr. Christopher Thomas, conductor

The Rowan University Concert Choir is Rowan University’s flagship choral ensemble with highly skilled and dedicated members.  The repertoire of the Concert Choir is the most advanced of all the choral ensembles, including world premieres, collaborations, and significant historical works.  Rehearsals are held Monday through Friday (3:30-4:30), with auditions for new members held before the start of each semester.  

In 2020, the Concert Choir performed by invitation for the Eastern Division ACDA Conference in Rochester, New York.  The program included “Kyrie” from Mass in E-Flat Major, Op. 109 by Josef Rheinberger; Sehnsucht, Op. 112, No. 1 by Johannes Brahms; “Forgiven” and “Now You Know” from Open Minds by Rob Redei; There is that in me by Ivo Antognini (2020 Raymond W. Brock Memorial Commission); Gropen arr. Gjermund Larsen, and Stomp on the Fire by Andrea Ramsey.

View our program booklet

Past performances of the Concert Choir have included Requiem masses of Verdi, Mozart, Howells, and Duruflé, masses of Mozart, Haydn, and Rheinberger, and significant works by Britten, Finzi, Menotti, Orff, Ramírez, Thoefanidis, and Vaughan Williams.  In addition to the historical repertoire, the choir has also performed contemporary works, including To the Hands by Caroline Shaw, Circulo de tiempo by David Martynuik, Song of the Shulamiteby Donald McCullough, and the world premiere of Open Minds by Rob Redei.  Past conductors of the choir have included Clarence Miller, Eugene Simpson, Robert Page, Lourin Plant, and Z. Randall Stroope.

Audition for the Concert Choir!

Concert Choir



Christopher Thomas, conductor

Voces, Latin for voices, is one of Rowan University’s most active chamber ensembles.  Composed of eight of the Department’s most flexible singers, the group often collaborates with professional musicians and ensembles through a range of standard and experimental projects.  Past performances have included historical presentations of seventeenth and eighteenth-century oratorios accompanied by period instruments, improvised Jazz recitals, lightly-staged madrigal presentations, samba singing with jazz ensembles, and standard performances of traditional Western motets of all periods.  Auditions for Voces for vacant positions occur at the beginning of each semester.  Singers must already be a member of the Concert Choir.  

Watch Voces in Rehearsal: Bogoroditse Devo, raduysia by S. Khvoshchinsky

Shadow Days for Prospective Students

We love to host prospective students on our shadow days!  Open to high school juniors, seniors, and transfer students.  You’ll have an opportunity to dive in and experience a day at Rowan as a music major and have lots of one-on-one time with faculty and students.  If one of the dates below do not work, email Dr. Thomas to set up a private shadow day.  

Vocal Music Education
Shadow Days

February 28, 2023
March 7, 2023
April 4, 2023

Vocal Performance
Shadow Days

February 15, 2023

9:15 Welcome (Wilson Hall)
9:30-10:45 Secondary Choral Methods
11:00 Tour, Conversation, Lunch
12:30 Conducting
2:00 Opera, Lessons, and Classes
3:30 Concert Choir

9:15 Welcome (Wilson Hall)
9:30-10:45 Diction for Singers
11:00-12:15 Options
12:30-1:45 Lunch
2:00 Divisional
3:30 Concert Choir 

Register for a Shadow Day

If you are a teacher interested in bringing an entire choir or class to Rowan, observing a rehearsal, touring campus, and receiving a free clinic from Dr. Thomas, email him directly.

Prior to your shadow day
  • Complete and bring: Waiver
  • Request Parking by emailing Lou Hall (secretary in the music office) the Year, Make, Model, Color, License Plate number and state.

15th Tenor|Bass Festival - October 16, 2024 8AM-1:30PM

The Tenor|Bass festival will bring hundreds of high school tenors and basses from three states together, uplifting boices, breaking barriers, celebrating the gift of singing and uniting through music. We're excited to welcome your school - bring one student or your entire tenor|bass section!


  • Registration is $18/student and includes lunch and music to keep; registration includes catered lunch for 2 faculty, chaperones, and bus drivers per school.

  • Registration opens in June. Please complete this form to join the Music Educators Mailing List to learn when registration will open for this event and others! 

  • Click here to download additional information on the schedule, invoices, payment, and more


Choirs Abroad

Students in the choral program at Rowan have an opportunity to travel and perform internationally.  Since 2011, the choir has traveled to Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Italy, Germany, and Austria. Covid interrupted 2020 plants to travel to Spain, but we are excited to be planning a trip to Portugal in the summer of 2024!

St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City  choir
                                       St. Peter's Basilica                              Budapest, Hungary
                                           Vatican City

viennaVienna, Austria