​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. The group rehearses three times a week and performs at Chapel services (on most Sundays during term and at monthly Choral Evensong), the popular Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols, and at major college events (especially Matriculation and Baccalaureate).  In addition, The Chapel Singers present concerts and occasionally travel on domestic and international tours.

In recognition of the significant time commitment and high-level of music skill required, all members of the group are paid as hourly student employees.  Membership in the group also qualifies as a Work-Study position, if applicable.

AUDITIONS: Membership in The Chapel Singers is open to all class years and is by audition with director, Christopher Houlihan '09, College Organist and Director of Chapel Music. Potential members are strongly encouraged to enroll in MUSC-101 or have equivalent music proficiency, though prior choral singing experience is not necessarily required.

Auditionees should come to the south cloister of the Chapel (facing the quadragle) during one of the following times. Current Chapel Singers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. The audition itself will involve some vocalizing, sight singing, and learning a short excerpt from a piece of choral music. Nothing needs to be prepared in advance.

  • Friday, August 31, 2018, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 2, 2018, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, September 4, 2018, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


  • Monday and Wednesday, reherasal 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Once a week, one 45-minute sectional, scheduled based on students' and director's schedules.
  • Most Sundays, 11:30 a.m. rehearsal; 12:30 p.m. Service of Holy Communion

NOTE: Though The Chapel Singers often sing at services in the Chapel, no religious affiliation or participation is required. Membership is open to all.

CONTACT: Contact Christopher Houlihan with questions:

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.

AUDITIONS: Come to the first TCGC meeting of the semester.

REHEARSALS: Tursdays, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.,  Mather Hall, Bishop's Corner Lounge.

CONTACT: Anthony Williams and John Hayes, Ministers of Music, (860) 297-2013


Musical Theater


MUSC-119. (.5 credit)

Each year the Music Department presents a guest-faculty-directed musical theater production in both the fall and spring semesters. One production will be presented in the Austin Arts Center’s black box theater, Garmany Hall, and one will be presented in the proscenium style Goodwin Theater. Major shows presented during the past several years have included Into the Woods, Songs for a New World, Company, Heathers The Musical, Grease, Parade, and Carrie the Musical

HUDDLED MASSES: Stories of Immigration and Hope is an assortment of musical theater, poetry, and song around themes of immigration in 2018.  It will be directed by guest director Nina Pinchin (who directed Macbeth in Fall 2017) with music direction by Kevin Scott (who composed and directed music for The Lincoln Vaudeville in Spring 2018).  ​Performances will take place in Goodwin Theater.

AUDITIONS: A final round of auditions will be held on Thursday, September 13 from 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. in AAC, Room 112.  The sign up sheet will be posted on the bulletin board outside of Room 228.  Students should prepare 32 bars (up to one minute) of musical theater or popular song, a cappella.  No previous musical theater experience required.  Audition notices will also be posted on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


  • Thursday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m.

CONTACT:  Email Nina Pinchin, Guest Director at​ with any questions.


Music Groups


MUSC-105. (.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.

AUDITIONS:  When you arrive on campus, 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 7, 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Monday, September 10, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

PERFORMANCE: The Fall Recital will be held on Thursday, December 6, 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

CONTACT: Nancy Curran, Coordinator; (860) 297-2354;

MUSC-109. (.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 a focus on creative improvising, group interplay, and solid grooves. There are usually two performances per semester at various venues on campus. 

AUDITIONS: Auditions will be held during the first class time.  The first class meets on Tuesday, September 4 in Austin Arts Center, Room 102.

MEETING TIMES: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Austin Arts Center, Room 102.

CONTACT: Jen Allen, Director;

MUSC-108. (.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 the instructor, Curtis Greenidge, a native of Trinidad. 

AUDITIONS: No audition is required.

MEETING TIMES:  All in Austin Arts Center, Room 102

  • Mondays, 7:15  p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, 8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

CONTACT: Pat Kennedy; (860) 297-5122;


MUSC-107. (.5 credit) 

Trinity offers students the opportunity to study either a musical instrument or voice with Music Department-approved instructors.

To receive the 'Questionnaire and Guidelines' about Music 107 Music Lessons, 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 by passing an exam.


  1. Attendance at one of two short course-orientation meetings during the first week of classes in Austin Arts Center. Dates and times TBA. 
  2. Successful completion of 11 one-hour lessons with a Music Department-approved lessons instructor.
  3. Attendance at either of two Musicians Workshops. Dates and times TBA.
  4. Attendance at the end-of-the semester lessons recital on Tuesday, December 4, 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  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. The deadline to apply for a Trinity Grant for Music Lessons is Friday, September 7. (Questionnaire on pg. five of “Questionnaire and Guidelines” serves as the application for financial aid as well as the first step in enrollment.)​

Music Lessons Orientation Sessions will be held in Austin Arts Center, Room 112 on:

  • ​Thursday, September 6, 12:15  p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 11, 12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Theater and Dance


THDN-309. (.5 credit)


This year the Fall Dance Concert will be curated by new Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance Peter Kyle and will take place in the Goodwin Theater, Austin Arts Center.  This is a great opportunity for dancers to be exposed to the work of a professional choreographer and to perform for the Trinity community, More information will be available later in the summer.

AUDITIONS: Auditions will be held on Friday, September 7, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday, September 11, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. in the Performance Lab at Trinity Commons.  Dancers will need to stay for the entire audition time but do not need to come to both dates.  No preparation necessary.  No previous dance experience required.   Audition notices will also be posted on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

REHEARSALS: Rehearsal times are to be decided by the choreographer and in consideration of student schedules.


  • Friday, November 30
  • Saturday, December 1

CONTACT: Email Peter Kyle, Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance at​.


Somewhere (something incredible) will be directed by Associate Professor of Theater and Dance Mitchell Polin. Performances will be held in Garmany Hall, Austin Arts Center. 

AUDITIONS: Auditions will be held on Wednesday,  September 12 and Thursday, September 13 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the CCAN Performance Studio.  Students may sign up for an audition time at Austin Arts Center, Room 331.  No advance preparation is necessary.  First year students are encouraged to audition!  Audition notices will also be posted on  Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

REHEARSALS: Rehearsal times are to be decided by the director and in consideration of student schedules.

  • Thursday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 10 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
CONTACT: Email​ with any questions.


(1.00 credit)
THDN-120-01 Why We Dance: Dance in Ritual                                 (MW 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.)
THDN-132-01  Introduction to Modern Dance                                   (MW 11:30 a.m. -  12:45 p.m.)
THDN-140-01 Improvisation as Composition                                         (TR 1:30 p.m. -  3:30 p.m.)                                                                               THDN-218-01 Principles of Movement                                    (MW 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.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 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.)
THDN-209-33 Hip Hop                                                                                           (TR 4:30-6:00 p.m.)

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.

CONTACT: Contact the instructor and attend the first class.