The demands placed on the singer-musicians are great, with much of the note learning occurring outside of rehearsal. Musical integrity is maintained through consistent individual part checks.
“Stunning”, “Thrilling”, “A sound of liquid gold”,
Meticulous attention is given to performing music of various periods or parts of the world in the style appropriate to that era or culture including adjustments of not only style but tone color also. Recent clinics with guests Chanticleer and Weston Noble have helped the choir grow and the Choir regularly premiers new works by composers.
Recent premiers have included pieces by Tuomas Laurinen (Finland), & John Muehleisen (Washington) and CWU faculty members Vijay Singh & Elaine Ross. A special collaboration took place in April of 2011, when New York based Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo spent 3 days on campus. Out of his visit came a series of videos which are entitled "In the Moment", in which he improvised piano parts to his normally unaccompanied pieces.
Chamber Choir also presents major works with orchestra. Recent performances have included Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms (2007), and Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music (2008). Beethoven's Ninth Symphony (2008 with the University Chorale) and Carl Orff's Carmina Burana (2010).