The Collegiate Singers of New York City was formed in 1990 as a way for music-loving parents, faculty, and friends of the Collegiate School to come together and sing. Since then, we have become a city-wide, non-audition chorus open to all interested members.
We also showcase vocal studies students and young professionals in our internship program. See below for more information. For an introduction to one of our interns, check out our Meet Our Members page.
Members of The Collegiate Singers love singing and welcome the opportunity to make new friends from a wide variety of backgrounds while expanding our musical expertise. Many of us sang in high school or college. Some of us have studied voice and even performed professionally, while others have little or no prior singing experience. Rehearsal files and videos of our concert material are provided to aid in learning the music. So if you enjoy singing, The Collegiate Singers is the place for you!
We think highly of the Collegiate School and many of us have direct or indirect relationships with it, but joining our group requires no such tie.
Rehearsals and Performances
We rehearse on Wednesday evenings on the 4th floor of the Collegiate School at 301 Freedom Place South between West 61st and West 62nd Streets.
Weekly rehearsals are mandatory, though a few absences per season are allowed. Our rehearsal schedule follows the Collegiate School academic calendar. Additional rehearsals are typically held the week prior to our concerts. Though our rehearsals are fun and informal, we take the music seriously and often sing challenging material. Our concerts are highly professional and well attended.
The Collegiate Singers always has a regular spot on the Collegiate School holiday program in December.
As a group, we’re also committed to community outreach with our music. For the past several years, we have performed additional concerts at the Upper West Side's Williams Residence Salvation Army senior home and The New Jewish Home, as well as the Mary Manning Walsh Home on York Avenue.
Our Intern Program
This is a great way for students of vocal studies and young professionals to build their choral resumes and expand their repertoires while having fun singing with The Collegiate Singers.
Interns do not pay dues and are provided the music at no charge. (It's a "No Pay/No Fee" gig). While they are responsible for learning and performing the choral parts and any solos/covers offered to them, interns are required to attend only the final five weeks of rehearsals, plus the dress rehearsal and all performances.
All voice types (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone/bass) are welcome to audition. Singers should send resumes indicating choral and singing experience to Christineedana@gmail.com. Auditions are set up by appointment only. For the audition, prepare to sing an aria or song in English. You will also be asked to sight read.
How We Meet Our Expenses
The Collegiate Singers of New York City is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. We receive no state or federal financial assistance and are supported by fundraising and foundation grants. Donations to The Collegiate Singers are happily accepted and fully tax deductible.
In addition, ticket sales and member dues allow us to bring vibrant choral music to New York City.
Member dues are $200 for each season (fall and spring) and help cover the costs of our director, rehearsal accompanist, and performance expenses for soloists, orchestral accompanists, and concert space. Dues are fully tax-deductible.
The Collegiate School provides our rehearsal space free of charge.
We will make every effort to accommodate special circumstances relating to dues. Please contact Maryanne Schwaller, our Treasurer, to discuss. firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, every Collegiate Singer is responsible for buying his or her own sheet music and acquiring a black music folder for performances. These costs typically amount to $40-50 per season.
We also expect members to buy and/or sell at least $100 of tickets for each concert.