Who are we?

The Cornell University Chorale is a mixed voice choir of over 100 voices open to both Cornell students and Ithaca residents. 

The primary purpose of the Chorale is to provide highly focused work on the skills essential in ensemble singing: sight reading, vocal technique, musicianship, and so on. The emphasis is on process over product, and on developing the complete singer. 

The full Chorale rehearses on Friday afternoons 4:30-6:45 PM in Lincoln Hall; subset groups will meet on Mondays or Thursdays at 4:30 in Lincoln 149 to focus on individualized skill development.

 

Stephen Spinelli
Photos Courtesy Of Tyler Brewer

Stephen Spinelli

         Stephen Spinelli is the assistant director of choral programs at Cornell University, where he conducts the Cornell Chorale and Chamber Singers, and serves as the assistant director of the Glee Club and Chorus.

         Stephen spent the majority of the previous decade working in the Philadelphia region, where he served as the director of middle and upper school choirs at Abington Friends School, and as an assistant conductor for the Pennsylvania Girlchoir. He held additional posts at a number of universities, including Moravian College, Villanova University, and Philadelphia University. In addition to his conducting work, he performs as an accompanist and a choral tenor. He has sung and recorded with the critically acclaimed chamber choir The Crossing, with whom he has performed at noteworthy venues in New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.

         Stephen is also the accompanist for the Bennington Voice Workshops in Bennington, VT. He serves on the board of directors of the vocal octet Roomful of Teeth, for whom he assisted in the production of a Grammy Award-winning debut album, as well as their recently Grammy-nominated sophomore album, Render. He holds degrees from Williams College (BA, music) and Temple University (MM, choral conducting), and is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in choral conducting at Northwestern University.

2018 Spring

Leonard
Bernstein

Chichester Psalms

2017 Fall

Gloria
Antonio Vivaldi

2017 Spring

Carmina Burana
Carl Orff

2016 Fall

Beatus Vir (RV 598)
Antonio Vivaldi

A Ceremony of Carols, Procession
Benjamin Britten, Op 28.

This little Babe
Words by Robert Southwell

Sof þú blíðust barnkind mín
Hafliði Hallgrimsson

Bogoroditse Devo
Sergei Rachmaninov

Hiney Mah Tov
Arranged by Iris Levine

O Salutaris Hostia
Ēriks Ešenvalds

2016 Spring

O Music, Thou Most Lovely Art
Johann Jeep

Monet, Ave verum corpus
Wolfgang Amadé Mozart

Esto Les Digo
Kinley Lange

Kalá Kallá
Eric Whitacre

Sure On This Shining Night
Morten Lauridsen

Africa
William Billings

Sometimes I Feel
Alice Parker and Robert Shaw

Wade in the Water
Arranged by Moses Hogan

Kasanaru Koe-ni
Kentaro Sato

2015 Fall

Spazziam Pronte
Salamone Rossi

Barechu
Salamone Rossi

Verleih Uns Frieden
Felix Mendelssohn

Sanctus
Urmas Sisask

Bring Me Little Water, Silvy
Huddie W. Ledbetter

Hear My Prayer
Moses Hogan

Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal
Arranged by Alice Parker

Permanent Repertoire

Alma Mater
Hunter S. Thompson

Evening Song
Arranged by Tim Peierls

 

Rehearsal Commitment

Friday 4:30pm-6:45pm, Lincoln Hall Room B20 

Additional musicianship workshop

Mondays and Thursdays, Lincoln Hall Room 149

Level 1: 4:30pm-5:30pm

Level 2: 5:30pm-6:30pm

Level 1 is intended for basic concept review. We will do some basic rhythm reading, and unison sigh singing (maybe some canon work).

Level 2 is for students who have more advanced theoretical knowledge, and for those who have been in chorale in the past. Basic knowledge of the staff, rhythm and pitch reading, and some part independence is assumed. We will play with multi-part rhythm and pitch reading examples in order to build confidence and independence in these skills.

These sessions will be open to all, and are strongly suggested for beginners and for singers or music majors with goals of pursuing rigorous musical activity beyond their time at Cornell. This is an opportunity to greater individualize and differentiate the learning needs of a larger ensemble. Please make notes in rehearsals of concepts, musical excerpts, or skills that challenge you, and we can work on anything that you bring in small groups during these times. 

Office hours

Stephen Spinelli: Wed 2pm-4pm

 

Spring 2018 performance date

April 27th, Friday 8pm-9pm

Sage Chapel

        The Cornell University Chorale, in collaboration with the Cornell University Percussion Ensemble, organist Anna Steppler, and harpist Jessica Willbee, present Leonard Bernstein's jubilant and virtuosic Chichester Psalms. As we celebrate Bernstein's 100th Birthday (and the fast-approaching end of the academic year) come and enjoy this FREE concert.

        The performance will also feature a pair of folks songs led by chorale students, a solo performance of Anna Steppler's own transcriptions of orchestral music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and a piece performed by the percussion ensemble.