Trinity has many performing arts opportunities for which auditions are held once students arrive on campus. Information about the groups and audition details follows.

Vocal groups | Musical Theater | Music Groups | Theater & Dance

Vocal groups


The Chapel Singers is Trinity’s oldest student organization, founded 1824. Admission is by audition with director, Christopher Houlihan. Members receive a stipend for their services. The ensemble performs at academic events, concerts and selected Chapel services, including the popular Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols.
On occasion, The Chapel Singers travel to venues in the United States and abroad. In May, they completed a successful concert tour with the Venice Music Project in Italy.
Contact Christopher Houlihan with questions,

AUDITION INFORMATION: Meet in the south cloister of the Chapel (facing the quad) during any of the available audition times. The audition itself will be brief, and nothing needs to be prepared in advance. Prior choral experience is preferred.

Saturday, September 2nd 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 3th 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Monday, September 4th 6:00-8:00 p.m.

The Trinity College Gospel Choir (TCGC), a student organization now in its 25th season, brings the vital tradition of gospel music to the Trinity community. Members of the gospel choir enhance the group’s music program through elements of dance, spoken word, and prayer from the traditional African American churches. 
TCGC also builds community and promotes social change on campus. Seasonal concerts, offered once each semester, are the core of the program.
CONTACT: Anthony Williams and John Hayes, Ministers of Music, (860) 297-2013.
REHEARSALS: Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
LOCATION : Bishop’s Corner Lounge, Mather Hall
AUDITIONS: Come to the first TCGC meeting of the semester. 

Musical Theater


(.25 credit)
This year the Music Department will present a faculty-directed musical-theater production in both the fall and spring semesters. The fall production will be presented in the Austin Arts Center’s black box theater, Garmany Hall. In the spring, a full-scale mainstage production will be presented in Goodwin Theater. Major shows presented during the past several years have been Company, Heathers The Musical, Grease, Parade, and Carrie the Musical. The Department of Music announces auditions for its Fall Musical-Theater Production (title to be announced soon). Auditions will take place in Austin Arts Center 112 (lower level).
Please contact Pat Kennedy, Administrative Assistant, Department of Music, if you are interested in auditioning:
We will contact you soon with more information.

AUDITION INFORMATION: Auditions will be held during the following days and times:
Tuesday, September 5, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 6, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 7, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Austin Arts Center 112 (lower level)

Students may receive .25 course credit for participation in MUSC-119, and personnel for offstage technical help (stage management, props, etc.) are also needed.
More information will be provided later this summer. Feel free to email Pat Kennedy with questions:

Music Groups


(.5 credit)
The Trinity College Chamber Ensembles Program is a half-credit course that supports the study and performance of music from five centuries of chamber music repertoire. Each semester, groups are formed and assigned a professional musical coach and repertoire to study and prepare for performance. The goal of the program is to provide the students with an opportunity to survey the vast literature of chamber music, to receive training in ensemble playing skills, and to bring the process to fruition in a performance for families and friends.
CONTACT: Nancy Curran, Coordinator, (860)297-2354,

AUDITION INFORMATION: Please sign up for an audition on the sheet posted on the bulletin board in the Music Department, Austin Arts Center (lower level) or by emailing Nancy Curran at: Auditions will last about 15 minutes.
Friday, September 8, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Monday, September 11, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 12, 12:00-1:30 p.m.

(.5 credit)
This ensemble primarily performs various carnival and other drumming and singing traditions of Brazil. NO PREVIOUS MUSICAL EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY. The Samba Ensemble plays events on and off campus throughout the year. We are always looking for various instrumentalists: guitar, bass, trombone, saxophone, keyboards, etc. to supplement the ensemble.
CONTACT: Eric Galm, Director, (860) 297-4201,
MEETING TIMES: Monday 6:00-7:15 p.m. and Wednesday 6:00-8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Austin Arts Center, Room 102
AUDITION INFORMATION: Please contact Professor Eric Galm directly via e-mail, or come to the first class meeting on Wednesday, September 6.

(.5 credit)
Jazz is America’s own art form!
The Jazz Ensemble studies and performs the compositions of Ellington, Monk, Coltrane, Hancock, and others, as well as original works by Professor Allen and the group members. Styles span the gamut of jazz history, from traditional
swing to fusion and jam band funk. We will work hard on improving individually and as a group, with focus on creative improvising, group interplay, and solid grooves. There are usually two performances per semester at various venues on campus.
CONTACT: Jen Allen, Director, (860) 297-5368,
MEETING TIMES: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:45-9:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Austin Arts Center, Room 102
AUDITIONS: Auditions will be held during the first class time. The first class meets Tuesday, September 5.

(.5 credit)
Students in this ensemble will learn the history and social significance of steel pan music in Trinidad. Additionally, they will understand the musical roles of each instrument in the ensemble and learn the techniques associated with playing each of them. Students will be expected to learn and memorize arrangements of classical, popular, and traditional calypso music. The music will be taught aurally and by rote by an instructor from Trinidad. NO PREVIOUS MUSICAL EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY.
CONTACT: Eric Galm, (860) 297-4201,
MEETING TIMES:  Mondays 7:15-8:30 p.m. and Wednesdays, 8:00-9:30 p.m.
LOCATION:  Austin Arts Center Room 102
AUDITION INFORMATION: No audition is required.

(.5 credit)
Trinity offers students the opportunity to study either a musical instrument or voice with Music Department-approved instructors.
PLEASE CONTACT: Pat Kennedy, Administrative Coordinator,, (860) 297-5122
COURSE PREREQUISITE: MUSC 101 Basic Musicianship must either have been successfully completed previously or, if taken concurrently, must be successfully completed in order to receive credit for MUSC 107. In rare instances, when a student possesses a strong background in music theory, the MUSC 101 requirement may be waived.


  1. Attendance at one of several short course-orientation meetings during the first week of classes (TBA).
  2. Successful completion of 11 one-hour lessons with a Music Department-approved lessons instructor.
  3. Attendance at either of two Musicians Workshops (TBA).
  4. Attendance at the end-of-the semester lessons recital.
  5. If working on repertoire that is meant to be performed with accompaniment, arrange and attend a minimum of two half-hour practice sessions with Music Department staff accompanist/pianist Christine Melson.

In addition to tuition costs, students are required to pay an instructor’s fee of $600 per semester. Students who qualify for a Trinity Grant ( financial aid) may be eligible for an award to pay this fee.

Theater and Dance


(.5 credit)
This year the FALL DANCE CONCERT will take place in early December and will feature the JUDY DWORIN PERFORMANCE PROJECT, in a special tribute to Judy Dworin, founder of Dance at Trinity and the Department of Theater and Dance. Trinity students will perform in a dance from the JDPP repertory, to be set on them by members of the Company. We will hold auditions at the beginning of the fall semester for this piece. Information on auditions will be posted on Trinity Today and sent via email to all theater and dance students. This is a great opportunity for dancers to be exposed to the work of a professional choreographer and to perform for the Trinity community on the Goodwin Theater main stage.
CONTACT: Lesley Farlow, Associate Professor of Theater and Dance,
REHEARSAL TIMES: Rehearsal times are to be decided by the choreographer and in consideration of student schedules.

MACBETH by William Shakespeare.
Directed by Guest Director Nina Pinchin, Associate Director of Education at Hartford Stage.
Performances will be in November in Goodwin Theater, Austin Arts Center.
This production offers a unique and important learning experience for theater-interested students to work with one of Hartford’s most experienced Shakespearean directors.
First-year students are encouraged to audition.
CONTACT: Department Chair Barbara Karger,
REHEARSAL TIMES: Rehearsals will be scheduled in the evenings and on weekends, to be determined by the director in consideration of the students’ course schedules.
AUDITIONS: At the beginning of the Fall semester – details will be posted on Trinity Today. No acting experience required, open to everyone.

(1.00 credit)
THDN-123-01 Introduction to Ballet (TR 9:25-10:40 a.m.)
THDN-215-01 Making Dances (MW 1:15-3:15 p.m.)
THDN-218-01 Principles of Movement (TR 10:50 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.)
(.5 credit)
The dance technique courses at Trinity offer an intensive approach to training practices ranging from ballet to modern to hip-hop across various experience levels. These courses are taught by a combination of Trinity faculty and artists-in-residence and offer students the opportunity for repeat enrollment so that they are able to continue their training throughout their years at Trinity.
THDN-130-01 Jazz Dance Technique I (TR 1:15-2:45 p.m.)
THDN-209-33 Hip Hop (TR 4:30-6:00 p.m.)
THDN-231-01 Modern Dance Technique II (MW 10:00-11:30 a.m.)
CONTACT: Professor Lesley Farlow,
ENROLLMENT:  First-year students are typically enrolled in four classes during their first semester at Trinity. Students may, in addition, sign up for .5-credit dance technique classes to begin or continue training in dance at Trinity.