Puget Sound creates a rich and vibrant learning environment for students interested in vocal study, choral performance, opera, and musical theater. Opera students perform fully-stated operas and musicals with orchestra accompaniment, and students in the four choirs study and perform literature ranging from Renaissance madrigals to contemporary work, a cappella to accompanied oratorio.
Founded in 1932, the 48-voice Adelphian Concert Choir is one of the signature groups of the university and is recognized as one of the Northwest’s most acclaimed ensembles. For more than 75 years this auditioned choir has sustained a level of choral excellence that has brought accolades from audiences in Canada, Europe, and on the West Coast. It has appeared at the state, regional, and national conventions of both the American Choral Directors Association and the Music Educators National Conference. Consistently, the Adelphians receive the highest acclaim for standards in repertoire, interpretation, and musicianship.
The Dorian Singers is an auditioned, all-women’s choir of 32 that sings both accompanied and a cappella literature. Now in its second decade, the Dorians have become recognized in the Northwest as one of the leading women’s ensembles. It performs varied repertoire at a high artistic level in concerts and festivals on campus.
Selected from the Adelphian Concert Choir, this a cappella 12-voice ensemble performs in holiday concerts every December. Its repertoire ranges from the Renaissance to the 21st century.
Our interest in musical stage works runs the gamut of the repertoire. Annually we present a full-length production of an opera, operetta, or musical. Past productions have included Amadeus, Cosi fan tutti, Hansel and Gretel, Merry Wives of Windsor, The Bartered Bride, Mikado, La Finta Giardiniera, Die Fledermaus, Patience, The Pirates of Penzance and Too Many Sopranos!.
As a school of music at a liberal arts college, we encourage all university students to participate in our program, regardless of their level of achievement. The non-auditioned Chorale offers such an opportunity, performing on Fall Family Weekend as well as in December and May of each year. Enrollment varies by semester between 60 and 75 voices.