Choral programs at Rockefeller
Rockefeller Chapel is home to a choral program which envelops students in music from around the world, training them for a lifetime love of song.
The Rockefeller Chapel Choir
The Rockefeller Chapel Choir is comprised of students who spend their days immersed in mathematics or physics or classics and their evenings and weekends in music.
The Chapel Choir and the Decani (the professional vocal ensemble of Rockefeller Chapel) sing at Sunday services and festivals throughout the academic year and also in Rockefeller’s signature Quire & Place concert series, presenting magnificent new music alongside beloved classics. The choir’s members come from diverse spiritual and cultural backgrounds, sharing together the rich musical experience of singing an array of choral music in the unique religious and cultural contexts of a Chapel to which students of all world traditions are drawn.
In recent years, they have sung as backing to the heartfelt Shema of Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi, as the voices premiering new choral works, and as exponents of musical texts in Sanskrit and Xhosa, Latin and Lakota, Spanish and Russian.
Auditions for the Chapel Choir are held in Orientation week and in the first days of the autumn quarter. Details are posted on the Music Department’s auditions page.
The Children’s Choir
The Rockefeller Children’s Choir is open to children aged 5 to 12, and is directed by our wonderfully talented soprano soloist, artist in residence Kaitlin Foley. Membership in the group offers children an exemplary exposure to world music and the opportunity to perform at festival and occasional Sunday services at Rockefeller.
The children learn songs in French and Latin and other languages, and play drums and other percussion instruments as well as singing. Rehearsals take place on Sundays at 12:30 pm. Contact Kaitlin Foley, director of children's music, if your child is interested in participating.