|Choir is a year-long course, taken without credit. Many Indian Springs students participate in the choir. The 100-member Concert Choir practices daily during school hours. The smaller Chamber Choir rehearses on Monday evenings. Through these rigorous musical experiences, students have the opportunity to sing for a variety of audiences from elementary school children to symphony goers.|
The Indian Springs choirs have performed for national conventions of the Music Educators National Conference, the American Choral Directors Association, and the National Association of Independent Schools. The choir’s New York debut at Lincoln Center was reviewed in the New York Times as “a superb projection that would have done credit to any professional chorus.” European tours for the groups have included a performance at the International Society for Music Education in Dijon and a combined performance in Vienna with the Vienna Boys Choir. The Chamber Choir had its first tour of China in 2002, and has also traveled to Frances and Romania.
The Concert Choir, a mixed chorus of 100 singers taken from the total student enrollment of 275, generally represents the school on tours and community performances. Indian Springs is therefore in the unusual position of having almost half of the student body in this choir.
Critical reviews of the choirs have included the following:
• “The Concert Choir gave an exciting, vibrant performance of the Haydn Te Deum.The young singers showed ample evidence of having learned what a phrase is in both words and music. The Indian Springs choral tradition is the school’s symbol of excellence.”
• “The performance of the Schubert Mass in G was the most satisfying performance of the work I have heard, including one I conducted several years ago.”
• “These offerings were not only quality stuff, but they served both to touch base in the sixteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries and to reveal the sensitivity, the clean diction, and the firm character of choral tone. The Bach motet could hardly have gone better, full of zest and rejoicing.”
The choir received superior ratings in the All-American Festival in New York City, the Liberty Bell Festival in Philadelphia, the Sunshine Florida Music Festival in Orlando, and the National Heritage Music Festival in Washington. The choir has made guest appearances at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Riverside Church, St. Bartholomew’s Church, the United Nations, and New York University in New York; the University of Chicago and Northwestern University in the Chicago area; Rice University in Houston; Florida State University and Rollins College in Florida; the National Cathedral in Washington; and the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia.
Clarence Perkins of the Cathedral School in New York reacted to the choir’s performance at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine by saying, “Faculty, students, and I were impressed with the precision, sound and quality of the choir and the wonderful diversity of the pieces presented.”