Choral Ensembles

Hastings College Sings!

If you love to sing, as a Hastings College student — no matter your major — our Music Department has a number of outstanding ensembles, world-class conductors and exciting activities for you! All ensembles are open to all students, right away your first year, and scholarships are available to active participants.

We believe that songs of all sorts and music of every kind should be included in your choral experience. So we sing a rich and varied repertoire — everything from masterworks and sacred and secular songs both a cappella and accompanied, to vocal jazz and Broadway, to madrigals and contemporary a cappella song stylings.

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Ensembles at Hastings

The Hastings College Choir
"It's like being in the All-State Choir every single day!" noted one member of our flagship mixed-voice ensemble — and it's true! Since 1882 we’ve been singing America’s favorite songs of faith and laughter and love to world-wide acclaim. Membership in The Hastings College Choir is open to all students by audition, which is held during the first week of classes each semester. Check out our current playlist on YouTube or click 'play' above. The Choir is directed by Dr. Fritz Mountford, fmountford@hastings.edu.

Entertainment Arts Ensembles and Jazz Vocal Choir
Select members of The Hastings College Choir join in creating a number of small groups every year. In the past we've seen VoiceWorks (sample), VocalOcho (sample) and Spectrum (sample and sample), among others, dedicated to singing everything from vocal jazz to Broadway and from madrigals to contemporary a cappella song stylings. For more information, contact Dr. Kara Baxter, kbaxter@hastings.edu.

More recently we've enjoyed 1-2-5, a student-run men's a cappella group with a style all their own, as shown in this sample and this sample.

College-Community Choral Union
For more than a century, collaborative performances with the Hastings Symphony Orchestra have been a hallmark of the Hastings College choral experience. Students, alumni, community members, high school singers, guest soloists and conductors combine to present choral masterworks that often feature 400-500 performers. Massed-choir productions of Handel’s Messiah are a long-running holiday tradition. You can view the most recent production here. The choral union is supervised by Dillon Beede, dbeede@hastings.edu.

Musical Theatre
The Hastings College Departments of Music and Theatre Arts combine to mount landmark musicals during alternate January terms. Past productions include Assassins, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Into the Woods, Hollywood Pinafore and The Cradle Will Rock. In addition, opera and opera scenes are part of the studio voice experience, and the Theatre Department offers academic class experiences in musical theatre. You'll also find Hastings College students on both sides of the footlights in annual musicals produced by Hastings Community Theatre.