MUSC 203 Chamber Choir • 3 Cr.


A performance class open to advanced vocalists by audition. Chamber choir includes five hours of rehearsal per week plus scheduled outside rehearsals and performances. Course is designed to expose students to the most advanced musical idioms on a regular basis, including madrigals, Baroque, classical and romantic period literature. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits. Prerequisite: Completion of 9 credits in MUSC 103 and permission of instructor (audition). Students must schedule MUSC 100 for 3 of their 6 quarters in music.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Interpret works of art from various historical periods, cultures, and peoples, analyzing the context in which they were created, the characteristics of the works, and the range of possible interpretations. A successful student:
    • Identifies the historical, cultural, social, biographical, intellectual or artistic context in which a work(s) of art was created.
    • Distinguishes and interprets significant contexts on an artist(s) and artistic work(s).
    • Recognizes and discusses varied perceptions of and responses to an artistic work(s)caused by the social, cultural, historical, or personal perspectives of its audiences.
    • Recognizes artistic forms, styles, and/or qualities which are characteristic of work created within various cultures and/or historical periods
    • Interprets works of art from various historical periods, cultures, peoples, and artists in relation to the context in which they were created
    • Recognizes and interprets examples of influential artistic movements, schools, or styles within a selected art discipline
  • Exhibit skill and understanding of music, defining and responding to artistic problems with insight, technical ability, and quality.
    • Quality of sound
      • Uses excellent tone most of the time, correcting individual problems presented by demanding musical passages
      • Uses consistent and well-controlled tone color, focus and timbre
      • Achieves tonal clarity most of the time
      • Uses consistent melodic and harmonic intonation
      • Establishes and maintains blend and balance
    • Technique
      • Maintains rhythmic accuracy and precision
      • Controls pulse and tempo
      • Correctly interprets rhythm
      • Uses well-developed articulation technique
      • Concentrates and responds to director accurately and appropriately
    • Musicality
      • Uses consistent style and tempo, accurately interpreting the composer's intent.
      • Uses uniform and consistent phrasing throughout the passage
      • Shapes and contours phrases and passages with naturally expressive communication
      • Creates a free-flowing performance through the use of accents, stress, rubato and flexibility in phrasing
    • Performance
      • Plans, rehearses, and prepares for a public musical performance (solo or ensemble)
      • Works responsibly and effectively with others in preparing for a musical performance
      • Performs with skill, control, and expressiveness for a public audience
      • Reflects upon and evaluate public musical performances (one's own and others')
    • Lifelong Learning
      • Plans and implements actions that will help students keep the singing activity in their lives on a consistent basis