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Case Concert Choir


Want to sing with a group of dynamic people? Join Case Concert Choir and share in the excitement of making music together!. Repertoire for the 2016-17 season will include an assortment of contemporary selections, featuring local musical artists, as well as Johannes Brahms’s Neue Liebeslieder and G.F. Handel’s Coronation Anthems.

The Case Concert Choir is an auditioned mixed-voice ensemble with a focus on performing both a cappella and accompanied choral music from a variety of time periods and genres. In addition to shorter pieces, the ensemble also performs larger works of choral-orchestral repertoire through collaborations with the Case University Circle Symphony Orchestra and our University Circle neighbor institutions (Mozart Requiem, 2011; Vaughn Williams Toward the Unknown Region, 2012; Haydn Schöpfungsmesse, 2013; Bernstein Chichester Psalms, 2014; Beethoven Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt, Haydn Te Deum and Mendelssohn Magnificat, 2015; and Duruflé Requiem and Quatre Motets, 2016). Spring 2017 will mark the first collaboration with the CWRU Baroque Orchestra as we present music celebrating the British monarchy. Case Concert Choir was originally founded in 2004 as part of a University Presidential Initiative to support the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Under the direction of Dr. Matthew Garrett, Concert Choir maintains a tradition of excellence in performance, strives to improve group and individual musicianship skills, and fosters community building.

The ensemble is open to any undergraduate or graduate student at CWRU or CIM. Members may choose to participate in the ensemble for 0-1 credit (MUEN 382). Auditions are held during the first week of classes each semester. Please see below for additional details.

University Circle Festival Chorale

Faculty, Staff, and University Circle Community Members wishing to sing during our annual Circle Fest Carol Sing in December are welcome to join us through the University Circle Festival Chorale! Rehearsals are held Monday evenings, beginning in November. Interested individuals should contact Dr. Garrett directly for additional information:




Fall 2016

  • Case Concert Choir Auditions
    Monday, August 29: NOTE – All Music Majors and pre-registered members must audition on this date
    7:00 – 10 pm
    Wednesday, August 31: Join us for an open rehearsal and stay for auditions afterward
             Open Rehearsal 7 – 8 pm, Auditions 8:15 – 9:30 pm
    Wednesday, September 7, Regular rehearsals begin, final day for auditions
             Rehearsal 7 – 8:30 pm, Auditions 8:45 – 9:30 pm
    Harkness Classroom
  • Case Choral Ensembles Retreat (Required for Concert Choir and University Singers members)
    Saturday, September 10
    CWRU Squire Valleevue Farm
    10:00 am – 3:00 pm (transportation and lunch provided!)
  • Back to the Beginning
    A program celebrating the music of CWRU Alumnus, Dr. Rollo Dilworth
    Friday, September 30
    Church of the Covenant – 11205 Euclid Avenue – Cleveland, OH 44106
    7:30 pm (free admission, free parking available)
  • Case Choirs Fall Concert: Of Love and Folklore
    Case Concert Choir & University Singers present works by composers past and present
    Featuring Brahms’s Neue Liebeslieder and works for choir and hammered dulcimer
    Friday, November 4
    Church of the Covenant – 11205 Euclid Avenue – Cleveland, OH 44106
    7:30 pm (free admission, free parking available)
  • University Circle Carol Sing
    Case Choirs, University Circle Festival Chorale and Case Orchestras join with The Church of The Covenant for an afternoon of Holiday favorites the entire family will enjoy.
    This University Circle tradition always brings a packed house, so arrive early for the best seating!
    Sunday, December 4
    Church of the Covenant – 11205 Euclid Avenue – Cleveland, OH 44106
    4:00 pm (free admission)

Spring 2017

  • Case Concert Choir Auditions
    Wednesday, January 18: Join us for an open rehearsal and stay for auditions afterward
             Open Rehearsal 7 – 8 pm, Auditions 8:15 – 9:30 pm
    Monday, January 23, starting 8:45 pm
    Wednesday, January 25, starting 8:45 pm
    Harkness Classroom
    (Auditions for new members will follow our scheduled rehearsals)
  • Case Concert Choir & Case Baroque Orchestra
    This year’s choral-orchestral performance marks the first collaboration with the Case Baroque Orchestra!
    The program features music written to celebrate the British monarchy, including two of Handel’s Coronation Anthems
    Friday, March 3 (Monday, March 6-snow date)
    Church of the Covenant – 11205 Euclid Avenue – Cleveland, OH 44106
    8:00 pm performance
    $5 general admission, students free with ID, free parking available
    Tickets available at the door
  • Case Concert Choir & University Singers Spring Concert: Home
    Phrases like “Home is where the heart is” and “There’s no place like home” can conjure images of friends and family and feelings of comfort. In our final performance of the season, we consider music that speaks to the multifaceted idea of home.
    Friday, April 21
    Church of the Covenant – 11205 Euclid Avenue – Cleveland, OH 44106
    7:30 pm (free admission, free parking available)

*Schedule and concert selections subject to change with advance notice







CCC auditions for spring semester 2017 will take place starting Wednesday, January 18 in the Harkness Chapel classroom. Students wishing to participate in Concert Choir must audition (unless you were selected as a member for the fall 2016 semester). Course registration permission will be granted at the end of the first week of classes and will continue through the add-drop period. Students must be registered for MUEN 382 in order to participate. Singers from all majors, both undergraduate and graduate levels at CWRU and CIM, are welcomed and encouraged to audition! Faculty, Staff and Community Members interested in singing with University Circle Festival Chorale should contact Dr. Garrett:

  1. Click HERE to schedule an audition time and follow these steps:
  2.  Login with your CWRU Gmail account
  3.  Navigate on the calendar to January 18 or 23, 2017 and click on one of the available audition slots to schedule a time. Please select the earliest available time slot for your requested audition date.
  4.  Click “Save”
  5.  Your audition time is now scheduled!
  6.  To cancel an appointment slot you’ve already booked, leave the sign-up page and delete the event from your own Google calendar

Our first rehearsal on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 (7:00 pm in Harkness Chapel) is OPEN to anyone interested in joining the group. Auditions will be held immediately after rehearsals and will continue through the add-drop period. Contact Dr. Garrett with any questions:


Case Concert Choir Audition Requirements:

The audition process for Case Concert Choir is designed to let the director get to know you and your singing ability in a short amount of time. If you take some time to prepare before your audition, take a few deep breaths before your appointment, and sing to the best of your ability, you can leave feeling good about the meeting! Please take a moment to review the audition requirements.

  • Prepare the first verse of America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee). You will be given a key and starting pitch and asked to sing the melody using the text of the first verse a cappella
  • Be prepared to vocalize to determine range
  • Be prepared to sight-read a short melodic example to determine music reading level
  • Be prepared to echo-sing short exercises to determine listening ability
  • Remember to arrive a few minutes early to your audition time. Audition forms are now available ONLINE and can be completed anytime prior to your audition.




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Ensemble Details

Dr. Matthew Garrett

  • Rehearsals: Harkness Chapel and Classroom , MW, 7:00-8:30 PM
  • Course Number: MUEN 382
  • Participation Requirements: Requires audition. Please email director.
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