Academic Affairs

The Hendrix College Choir

Choir 2009-2010Hendrix College Choir, Spring 2010
Photo by Josh Daugherty

The Hendrix College Choir, conducted by Dr. Andrew Morgan, is the premiere choral ensemble at Hendrix. Performing repertoire from a broad range of styles, musical traditions, and time periods, the Choir provides both a challenging and rewarding musical experience to its participants, who then have the privilege of sharing this wonderful music with the Hendrix community and beyond. 

The group rehearses 3 times weekly (M, T, Th, 4:10-5:30pm). Participation in the ensemble is by audition only. Auditions are by appointment and are held at the beginning of each semester, and at the end of the spring semester for the following school year. For more information about the audition process or about the choir, please visit our FAQ page.

The Choir performs several times throughout the year. In the Fall, performances include Fall Family Weekend and the Odyssey Medal Convocation. At the end of the semester, the choir presents the Candlelight Carol Service four times during the first week of December. Following final exams, the choir tours to regional United Methodist Churches in Arkansas and neighboring states. Recent Candlelight performances have been held in Fayetteville, AR, Germantown, TN, Fort Smith, AR, Hot Springs, AR, and Dallas, TX. 

Recording Samples

Living Composers Project 

The Hendrix Choir regularly engages with living composers, and has performed several world premiere pieces in recent years. The regular performance of music by living composers is essential in our efforts to sustain choral music as a vital and living art. 

Each fall, Hendrix music faculty, a student from the choir, and choral conductors nationally evaluate submissions for the annual Candlelight Carol Competition. Now in its fourth year, the competition has resulted in the performance of a new choral work at our yearly Candlelight Carol Services. Nearly 200 submissions have been received, and winning composers represent the United States and England. For more information, visit the Candlelight Carol Service webpage. 

In April 2017, the Hendrix Choir gave the world premiere performance of Dominick DiOrio's Down Deep, a commissioned work that honors the 60th anniversary of the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School. Dr. DiOrio visited the Hendrix Choir that semester to rehearse the piece and speak about its history and meaning with the choir. The Hendrix Choir has since performed the work again, as part of a joint community concert at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Little Rock. 

Grammy-winning composer John Corigliano visited Hendrix in November of 2014 for a residency that included a Hendrix Choir performance of his Fern Hill, which also featured the Hendrix College Chamber Orchestra and voice faculty member Kara Claybrook. The following year, composer Philip Rice was on campus for a joint performance with the Hendrix Wind Ensemble and Hendrix Choir, for which the choir performed his Three Celtic Blessings.

Events for the 2017-2018 Year

Fall Family Weekend Performance

October 7, 10:00am

Staples Auditorium

Candlelight Carol Services (reservations required)

November 30-December 2, 7:30pm

December 3, 4:00pm

Greene Chapel

Spring Concert

April 27, 7:30pm

Staples Auditorium

Choir Officers 2017-2018

President - Michaela Edwards
Vice President - Andrew Fleming

Treasurer - Beth Norman

Social Media & Publicity Director - Kathleen Mowery

Choir Librarian - Nicole Henry