Chorus and Chamber Chorus
Frederick Jodry, conductor
The Brown University Chorus, 55 dedicated singers drawn from all concentrations within the University, is one of the oldest groups on campus. As well as performing regularly in Providence and New England, the choir has earned an international reputation over the past 30 years for the quality of its performances and most recently returned from a 2009 concert tour of Vienna and Prague, adding to their already impressive legacy as university ambassadors. Previous tours include a 2006 tour of Argentina and Uruguay, a 2004 tour of Russia and Finland, a 2002 tour of Costa Rica, and a 1999 tour of Italy. The chorus also enjoyed a 1996 journey through Iberia, a 1993 concert tour of the Mediterranean, with performances in Greece, Israel and Egypt, a three-week concert tour of the USSR and Scandinavia in 1990, and a four-week concert tour of the Pacific Rim, featuring concerts in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. In 1979, the Chorus was the first American collegiate performing group to tour China, while in 1976 the group spent one month in India at the invitation of the Indian Government, presenting concerts for Prime Minister Indira Ghandi and Mother Teresa.
Frederick Jodry has been Director of Choral Activities at Brown since the Fall of 1991. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance and a Master's in Early Music from New England Conservatory, Boston. Founder and Director of Schola Cantorum of Boston, Mr. Jodry has led this 14 voice Renaissance choir in performances throughout New England. The Schola Cantorum and the Boston Camerata have appeared at Tanglewood and Merkin Hall. Together they have recorded five CDs, two of which also feature the Brown University Chamber Singers. As a vocal soloist, Mr. Jodry has sung with the Providence Singers, the Civic Chorale, Boston Cecilia, the Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montreal. Mr. Jodry is Director of Music at First Unitarian Church in Providence.
The Brown University Chorus is a great way to meet a wide range of undergraduate and graduate students, while working toward a high artistic goal of beautiful singing. For dedicated singers, regular required attendance at rehearsals and sectionals and frequent performance opportunities, and social gatherings guarantee a rewarding experience.
1) The audition consists of singing simple scales and warm-ups and a prepared song, aria, or ditty of your choosing (a Christmas carol, patriotic song, hymn, madrigal --anything you know well). An accompanist will be provided.
2) Ear-training: repeating simple melodies, intervals and a brief excerpt for sight-singing.
3) Voice size, tone, vowel clarity, pitch and general musicianship will be considered! Enthusiasm and confidence help too. Preference is given to those with prior choral or vocal experience. Bring a brief resume of your vocal and/choral experience
4) Returning singers are required to re-audition each year.
5) A chorus audition can also count as an audition for applied voice, if you are interested in private voice study for credit.
Zander Ebin ('07) with chorus at Boldly Brown campaign kickoff