College Chorus

Love to sing? Love the joy of singing with other people? The Occidental College Chorus brings students, alumni, faculty, and others together to sing every Monday night. Come join the fun!

In College Chorus, singers learn and perform music from a variety of traditions, including classical, world music, musical theater, and pop. Occasional collaborations with other Occidental ensembles provide additional musical enrichment. The College Chorus rehearses once a week on Monday evenings from 7:15-9:45 and performs on campus once each semester.  It is a 1-unit course, MUSC 120, and enrollment is for one or both semesters. First meeting of the 19-20 year: Monday, September 9th, 7:15 PM.

Although there is no formal audition, interested singers are encourage to sign up for an audition time on the door of Booth 220 to meet the director and have their voice part determined.

Fall 2019 Concert -  Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 4:00 PM

Spring 2020 Concert - Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 4:00 PM

All concerts are held in beautiful Herrick Chapel on the Occidental College Campus.

About the Director

Désirée La Vertu, Director of Choral and Vocal Activities and NTT Associate Professor of Music, is a conductor, soprano soloist, and voice teacher in Los Angeles. Professor La Vertu became a member of the Music faculty at Occidental College in the fall of 2009. Previously, she was the Director of the Glee Clubs at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Additionally, she was on the voice faculties of Chapman University and the summer graduate program at California State University, Los Angeles. She is one of the solo vocal coordinators and is on the choral-vocal faculty of the Idyllwild Arts Summer Festival Choir.

As a soprano, Ms. La Vertu specializes in the oratorio repertoire, and has been soprano soloist in Poulenc’s Gloria and Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, both at Disney Hall, Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, and Bach’s Magnificat, among others.  She was a long-time member of the Donald Brinegar Singers, and was a founding member of the female a capella quartet “Diva Complex."

Initially trained as a pianist, her Bachelor of Music degree is in Accompanying from California State University, Fullerton. She received her Master of Music in Choral and Vocal Studies from the University of Nevada, Reno. Professor LaVertu maintains a private voice studio in Pasadena.

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