Chamber Choir, University Choir, Bel Canto and Cantabile
Choral ensembles are open to all students on campus regardless of major. Studies show that college students in music ensembles outperform their peers in academic standings. Come and join one of our groups today to perform for and outperform your peers!
FGCU's Chamber, University, Bel Canto & Cantabile Choirs are led and conducted by Dr. Trent Brown.
Would you like to hear what we sound like? Here are some Soundcloud files to inspire you to participate in the choirs or join our audiences:
Flight Song - Kim André Arnesen
Otche Nash - Nokolai Golovonor & Tourdion - attributed to Pierre Attaingnant
As FGCU went to online learning, Dr. Brown and the choirs quickly adapted. Hear the new composition by Shawn Allison, conducted by Dr. Trent Brown with piano by Abigail Allison written to keep the choir together during this time of turmoil and uncertainty:
The Chamber Choir is a mixed, auditioned ensemble open to all students regardless of major at FGCU. Recognized for their remarkable versatility, the ensemble performs choral music from the Renaissance to newly commissioned works, including premieres by Z. Randall Stroope and Jason Bahr. The ensemble tours Florida annually and tours internationally every three years.
The Chamber Choir was featured in an international choral festival held in Lithuania called the Kaunas Kantat, during their 2017 tour of the Baltic States, and in 2014 the choir sang as the featured ensemble at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna as part of the Kunst & Kultur series. The ensemble has performed for the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) annual conference, the Florida State Music Teachers Association (FSMTA) conference, and the Florida Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) conference. The choir also collaborates regularly with community ensembles including Elijah with Opera Naples (2013), Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (2015), Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Gulfshore Opera (2016), and in 2017 with the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra in an all Baroque program.
Students interested in singing must schedule an audition with Dr. Brown.
See the Chamber Choir perform in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome
See the Chamber Choir perform in Naples, Italy
The University Choir is a non-auditioned, mixed ensemble open to students of all majors on campus at FGCU. The choir studies a diverse choral repertoire from many cultures and historical eras and gets the opportunity to work with choral clinicians from around the United States every Fall.
The ensemble has performed Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Ariel Rámirez’s Misa Criolla, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and Requiem, Vincent Persichetti’s Celebrations, and Handel’s Messiah. They can be seen annually in Joyful & Triumphant, the FGCU holiday concert performed live at Moorings Presbyterian, and aired on radio and TV by WGCU.
Students interested in singing should register for MUN 1310. Contact Dr. Brown with questions.
Bel Canto is a select, auditioned ensemble of treble voices.
Cantabile is a select, auditioned ensemble of bass & tenor voices.
Students interested in registering for either choir require an audition with Dr. Brown.