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 in 1824. Admission is by audition with the director. The ensemble strives to maintain a high standard of choral excellence as befits our landmark Chapel.

The Chapel Singers provide music for Sunday Chapel at 12:30 p.m. on most Sundays in term and on other occasions, including the annual Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols, Matriculation, Baccalaureate, and concerts.
On occasion, The Chapel Singers perform off campus, at home, and abroad. Previous concert venues have included concerts in England, Argentina, Italy, San Francisco, Canada, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Chapel Singers receive a stipend for their services.
CONTACT: John Rose, College Organist, Director of Chapel Music, and Adjunct Professor of Music, ex officio, (860) 297-2014, (860) 997-5192
WEEKLY REHEARSAL SCHEDULE: Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Meet in the Chapel Garden (Quad side)
Nothing needs to be prepared but some choral experience is a prerequisite.
Sunday, September 4, 2016, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Monday, September 5, 2016, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

(.5 credit course, offered fall term only)
The Trinity College Choir performs exciting and challenging concert repertoire, with an orchestra, at its annual fall concert, and at Trinity’s annual Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols. If you enjoy singing, please join us!
CONTACT: John Rose, College Organist, Director of Chapel Music, and Adjunct Professor of Music, ex officio, (860) 297-2014, (860) 997-5192
REHEARSAL/CLASS TIMES: Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Austin Arts Center 102
The first Trinity College Choir rehearsal/class will be held Wednesday, September 7 at 4:30 p.m.
Auditions are not required to register, however, a short placement interview is required before the first class.
Trinity Choir placement interviews  will take place on the lower level of Austin Arts Center, room 112 and will last about 10 minutes. No appointment is necessary.
Friday, September 2, 2016, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 3, 2016, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 4, 2016, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Monday, September 5, 2016, 1:00-2:00 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)
Each year, the Music Department typically presents a variety of musical-theatre productions: a full-scale mainstage production, in addition to smaller black-box and/or revue-style productions. Major shows presented during the past several years include Rent, Into the Woods, Next to Normal, Carrie, and Grease. The Department of Music announces auditions for its Fall Musical-Theater Production, the Stephen Sondheim musical Company, a musical-comedy with 14 roles and which features one of the truly great scores from the musical-theatre repertoire. Auditions will take place in Austin Arts Center 119 (lower level) and will last about 15 minutes each. Please sign up for an audition slot on the bulletin board to the right of Room 119.

AUDITION INFORMATION: Sign up for any 15 minute slot during the following times:
Monday, September 5, 2016,  2:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016,  1:00 – 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. 

Please prepare a Broadway-type song for which you need to supply an extra copy of the piano part for the accompanist (a photocopy will do); the accompanist is provided. You needn’t sing from memory, but you must sing with accompaniment. For help in locating material, books of Broadway tunes are on reserve at the Main Circulation Desk on Level A of the Raether Library. A text reading will be supplied at the audition.
Group vocal rehearsals and staging rehearsals will be scheduled to coordinate with actors’ academic schedules. Students may receive .25 course credit for participation (MUSC-119), and personnel for offstage technical help (stage management, props, etc.) are also needed.
Questions? Comments? Please contact Professor Gerald Moshell at

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.
Thursday, September 8, 2016, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Friday, September 9, 2016, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Monday, September 12, 2016, 12:00-1:00 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, trumpet, 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 7.

(.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 6.

(.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
John Rose, Faculty Coordinator,, (860) 997-5192
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.
    Friday, September 9, 2016, 4:30-5:00 p.m. in Austin Arts Center room 112
    Monday, September 12, 2016, 12:30-1:00 p.m. in Austin Arts Center room 112
    Tuesday, September 13, 12:30-1:00 p.m. in Austin Arts Center room 112
  2. Successful completion of 11 one-hour lessons with the lessons instructor.
  3. Attendance at either of two Musicians Workshops in November. Dates and location will be posted early August.
  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)
The Fall Dance Concert, built in residency with a professional choreographer, Bronwen MacArthur, will be held in Goodwin Theater in the Austin Arts Center on October 21 and 22. Students will audition to participate in the dance performance. The Fall Dance Concert provides a special opportunity for student dancers to work closely with professional choreographers and experience an exciting range of approaches to making dances. First-year students are encouraged to audition.
CONTACT: Lesley Farlow, Associate Professor of Theater and Dance, (860) 297-2071,
REHEARSAL TIMES: Rehearsal times are to be decided by the choreographer and in consideration of student schedules.
AUDITIONS: Auditions will be held Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the Trinity Commons studios. 

The Fall Theater Production, THE LARAMIE PROJECT, by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Company, is the groundbreaking documentary-theater piece that brings sexual discrimination and violence to the forefront of public discourse. Performances will be held in the Austin Arts Center’s Goodwin Theater on November 17-19. This production offers a unique and important learning experience for theater-interested students to work closely with a faculty director and professional designers. First-year students are encouraged to audition.
CONTACT: Associate Professor Barbara Karger, director,  (860) 297-2209,
REHEARSAL TIMES: Rehearsals will be scheduled in the evenings and on weekends, to be determined by the director in and in consideration of the students’ course schedules.
AUDITIONS: Wednesday, September 14 and Thursday, September 15, 6:00-8:00 pm in the Performance Lab, Trinity Commons 152. To sign up for an audition please email, subject line: AUDITION. Include your choice of audition day. No need to have anything prepared. No acting experience required. OPEN TO EVERYONE!

(.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 time at Trinity.
THDN-130-01 Jazz Dance Technique I (TR 1:15-2:45 p.m.)
THDN-209-32 Modern Ballet (MW 2:00-3:30 p.m.)
THDN-209-33 Hip Hop (TR 4:30-6:00 p.m.)
THDN-209-40 Movement Fundamentals: Modern Dance (TR 2:55-4:10 p.m.)
THDN-215-01 Making Dances (MW 11:00 AM – 1:00 p.m.)
CONTACT: Professor Lesley Farlow, (860) 297-2071,​
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.​