School Ensembles

Whittier College ensembles are open to all students, subject to audition or permission of the instructor. All may be taken for one credit per semester and may be repeated.

College Choir
The College Choir is a large choral ensemble open by audition to all students. With programs featuring a variety of choral literature, the choir performs on campus throughout the academic year, in addition to two principal activities: the Holiday Dinner in December and the annual concert tour in the spring. Recent tour destinations have included the Southeastern United States, Northern California, Hawaii, New Orleans and Mexico.
Stephen Cook, Director

Vocé is a select group of voices chosen from the College Choir, with a repertoire that includes vocal jazz and popular music. Performances include community programs, service clubs, and featured pieces with the College Choir.
Stephen Cook, Director

Chamber Music Ensembles
The Chamber Music Ensembles provide students with the preparation and performance of small group/chamber music. Emphasis is placed upon high degree of musicianship and fine ensemble playing. Areas of concentration include the study of musical styles, phrasing, balance and blending techniques, intonation, rehearsal techniques, and performance. Groups ranging in size from 2 to 30 members are formed for this purpose. Performances are regularly scheduled within the department's seasonal calendar.
Stephen Cook, Teresa LeVelle, Danilo Lozano, David Muller, Directors

Community Ensembles 

Students also have the opportunity for participation in either of two community ensembles.

The Rio Hondo Symphony
The Rio Hondo Symphony is a regional, semi-professional community orchestra for the advanced student; membership is gained through audition only.

Choral Bel Canto
Chorale Bel Canto is a community masterworks chorale of 80 voices, which performs large choral works with orchestra. Audition is required and open to faculty, staff, and students.

Music in Action

Student Ensembles Help Members Connect
With Communities Through Music and Performance

I am an economics and political science double major with a very musical past. When I was about four years old, my grandmother, a music teacher in the Philippines, introduced me to the piano, starting a domino effect that would lead me to the violin at age nine, the alto saxophone at 11, and the marching band and jazz band in high school.

Immediately after acceptance into Whittier, I knew I wanted to join the College Choir. I auditioned during freshman orientation and was thrilled to learn that I had made the Choir as a bass. Read more.