Academic Affairs

Frequently Asked Questions about the Hendrix College Choir

Why should I join the Hendrix Choir?
Research has shown that joining a choir is one of the best things you can do to improve your quality of life. Here, you'll find a welcoming community of friends that care about each other, work towards a great common goal, love having fun, and support one another in many ways. The music we perform is diverse, engaging, high quality, and fun. With the academic rigor of a Hendrix student life, immersing yourself in a meaningful activity such as choir is a great way to improve your well being. 

How often does the Choir rehearse?
The Choir rehearses three days a week: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 4:10-5:30.

When does the Choir perform?
During the Fall semester the standard events are Family Weekend (late September/early October), the Candlelight Carol Services (4 nights during the week after Thanksgiving), and the Candlelight Tour (2 days immediately following exams).

During the Spring semester, the choir performs two programs (one near spring break, and the other in late April). In some years, the Choir has also performed in the Spring as part of a consortium choir with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, the Choir performs at Commencement.

Are there other extra rehearsals or commitments?
We have a great fall retreat in September on Petit Jean Mountain. You'll get to know everyone, rehearse a large amount of music, and enjoy the beauty of one of Arkansas' geographical treasures. 

Some performances involve an additional dress rehearsal or two in the evening. Such rehearsals are included in the syllabus.

What does the Choir wear for performances?
We wear all black. For the tenors & basses this means a black dress shirt, black slacks, and black shoes. Sopranos & altos wear full length black as well (3/4 length sleeves are fine), with closed-toed black shoes. For Candlelight we wear traditional choir robes, supplied by the Music Department.

Do Choir members buy their own music?
No.  All the music is provided by the Music Department. 

Do Choir members get academic credit for their participation?
Yes!  Students receive .25 credit for each semester of participation in the Choir.  You do not have to pay extra tuition for these credits.  The grades will be averaged into your G.P.A. Grades are determined on the basis of attendance and participation. You cany also earn Odyssey credit and meet the Expressive Arts learning domain through participation in the Choir.

How can I join the Hendrix Choir?
Auditions are held during the first week of classes both semesters, and at the end of the Spring semester for early placement in the Choir for the following Fall. Auditions are advertised through Hendrix Today, Table Talk, and posters on campus. Contact Dr. Andrew Morgan (501-450-1248 or
What does an audition consist of?
Vocalizing, tonal memory, sight-reading, and singing My Country 'Tis of Thee.  For people who have no experience reading music, other exercises will be substituted. The whole process is kept low-key and informal.  You may even bring a friend to audition with you so that you do not have to sing completely by yourself!