A select chamber choir of undergraduate student singers, the Laurentians continue a nearly 70-year legacy of choral excellence, performing regularly throughout the year on campus, in the North Country, and nationally and internationally on tour every year during spring break. Their far-ranging repertoire is drawn from the entire span of Euro-American classical traditions as well as world and popular idioms.
Exciting news this year is that Kenya is our destination as the Laurentian Singers make their first tour to the continent of Africa. Departing from our usual time frame, this year we tour in January 2014 (during semester break).
2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of SLU’s Kenya Semester Program and the 50th anniversary of Kenyan Independence. This past spring 4 St. Lawrence alumni were elected to the Kenyan Parliament; one of them, Ken Okoth ‘01, is a former Laurentian Singer. Another former Singer, Ngwatilo Mawiyoo ‘06, is a well-known poet and performance artist, and is engaged in a unique project to promote peace and understanding called This Kenyan Life. Judi Wakhungu ’83 was recently named Kenya’s first Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resources. St. Lawrence’s deep and varied connections to Kenya promise to make this tour particularly rich in meaning.
Repertoire will include traditional music from Kenya, holiday music both traditional and non-traditional (by composers like Arvo Pärt and Ola Gjeilo) and world pop classics like K’naan’s Wavin’ Flag.
Rehearsals: Full – Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30-6:00 p.m. Sectionals - Wednesdays Women 4:30-5:30 and Men 5:30-6:30 p.m., in Griffiths 15, starting Tuesday, September 3.
- Family Weekend Concerts, Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5 at 7:30 pm in Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall.
- 14th Annual Christmas Concert and Carol Sing, Friday, December 6 at 7:30 pm at the Russell Opera House, Saturday, December 7 at 4:00 pm in Gunnison Memorial Chapel.
- 92nd Annual Candlelight Services, Wednesday, December 11 at 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm in Leithead Fieldhouse.
Auditions: Wednesday, August 28 and Thursday, August 29, 6:30 – 9:30 pm in Griffiths 15.
Audition requirements: vocalize throughout your range, sing a prepared solo a cappella (can be any style except contemporary pop), sing with quartet – a choral excerpt of about 30 bars will be available for you to learn 30 minutes prior to your audition.
For more information, contact Barry Torres, director.