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

The Chapel Singers

The Chapel Singers from May 2019.

The Chapel Singers is Trinity’s oldest student organization, founded 1825. The group is a mixed-voice choir of about two dozen singers with a repertoire ranging from plainchant to compositions of the 21st century.  A highlight of the 2019-20 season will be a focus on the music of female composers, and the group is tentatively planning an international tour for May 2020.

Membership is by audition and is open to all voice parts and students of any class year.  Some basic music reading skills and previous choral experience is recommended and usually required.  The group performs regularly at Sunday Chapel services, the popular Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols, and at other major college occasions.

In recognition of the high level of responsibility and commitment required, all members of the group are paid as hourly student employees.  This job also qualifies as a work-study position, if applicable.

SCHEDULE: A typical week includes rehearsal on Monday and Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., one 45-minute sectional schedule TBD, and singing most Sundays from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Though the group sings at Chapel services, no religious affiliation is required.  Membership is open to all.)

AUDITIONS: Membership in by audition with director, Christopher Houlihan ’09, college organist and director of Chapel music, and Adjunct Professor of Music. Come to the south cloister of the Chapel (facing the quadrangle) during one of the following times.  The audition itself will involve some vocalizing, sight singing, and learning a short excerpt of a piece of choral music.  Nothing needs to be prepared in advance.  Current Chapel Singers will be available to answer any questions.

  • Friday, August 30, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 1, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 3, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

CONTACT: Contact Christopher Houlihan with questions at

LISTEN: The Chapel Singers’ latest recording can be heard here on Spotify.

The Trinity College Gospel Choir (TCGC)

Trinity College Gospel Choir performing.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: Tuesdays, 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

Musical Theater Productions
MUSC-119. (.5 credit)

Students performing Into the Woods

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 Little Shop of Horrors, Into the Woods, Heathers The Musical, Grease, Parade, and Carrie the Musical.

The fall musical theater production is the contemporary song-cycle Edges, directed by guest director Nina Pinchin and guest musical director Kevin Scott.  Edges is a sharp, funny, sometimes brutally honest contemporary song-cycle by the powerhouse songwriting duo Pasek and Paul, best known for Dear Evan Hansen and The Greatest Showman.

AUDITIONS: Auditions will be held on Wednesday, September 11 and Thursday, September 12 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. in Austin Arts Center Room 112 (downstairs).  Students may sign up for an audition time outside of AAC Room 228.  Students should prepare to sing approximately one minute (36 bars) of a song they enjoy singing.  All are welcome to audition!  Audition notices will also be posted on Austin Arts Center social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter).

REHEARSALS: To be determined.


Thursday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m.

CONTACT: Email Nina Pinchin, guest director, at with any questions.

Music Groups

Instrumental Ensembles
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: Auditions will be held Friday, September 6, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Monday, September 9, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Sign up for an audition on the sheet posted on the bulletin board in the Music Department (Austin Arts Center, lower level, between AAC 116 and 118), or by emailing Nancy Curran at ​Auditions will last about 15 minutes.

PERFORMANCE: The Fall Recital will be held on Thursday, December 5, 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Music Hall.

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

Jazz Ensemble
MUSC-109. (.5 credit)

Group photo of jazz ensemble.

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 bebop to all sorts of jazz fusions. We will work hard on improving individually and as a group, with a focus on creative improvising, group interplay, and solid grooves. Each semester there is an ensemble concert.

AUDITIONS: Auditions will be held during the first class time. The first class meets on Tuesday, September 3 in the Music Hall (AAC, Room 102.

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

CONTACT: Jen Allen, Director;

Steel Pan Ensemble
MUSC-108. (.5 credit)

steel pan ensemble

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 the Music Hall, AAC 102

Mondays, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

CONTACT: Curtis Greenidge, or Pat Kennedy,


Samba Ensemble
MUSC-111. (.5 credit)

Associate Professor of Music directs Samba Ensemble outside.

This ensemble primarily performs various carnival and other drumming and singing traditions of Brazil. The Samba Ensemble plays events on and off campus throughout the year. We are looking for various instrumentalists: guitar, bass, trombone, saxophone, keyboards, etc to supplement the ensemble.

AUDITIONS: Please contact Professor Eric Galm directly via email, and come to the first class meeting on Wednesday, September 4.

MEETING TIMES: All in the Music Hall, AAC 102.

Mondays, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

CONTACT: Professor Eric Galm, Director, (860) 297-4201;


Private Music Lessons
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;

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.


Attendance at one of two short course-orientation meetings on Thursday, September 5 or Tuesday, September 10, 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. in AAC Room 112.
Successful completion of 11 one-hour lessons with a Music Department-approved lessons instructor.
Attendance at either of two Musicians Workshops. Dates and times TBA.
Attendance at the end-of-the semester lessons recital on Tuesday, December 3, 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
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 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 6. The questionnaire in the “Questionnaire and Guidelines” serves as the application for a Trinity Grant for Music Lessons as well as the first step to enroll in Lessons.

CONTACT: Pat Kennedy, Administrative Coordinator,
Jen Allen, Faculty Coordinator, Music Lessons,

Theater and Dance

Stage Productions
THDN-309. (.5 credit)

Fall Dance

Students performing in Spring Dance 2019.

This year the Fall Dance Concert will be curated by Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance Peter Kyle and will take place in the Goodwin Theater, Austin Arts Center. The Fall Dance Concert will showcase thrilling, rarely seen historic multi-media works of Alwin Nikolais, internationally renowned dance icon.  This is a great opportunity for dancers to be exposed to the work of a professional choreographer and to perform for the Trinity community.

AUDITIONS: A master class with be held on Friday, September 6, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. with NYC-based dancer and Nikolais-Louis Foundation for Dance Artistic Director Alberto del Saz.  Auditions and call backs will be held on Saturday, September 7, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Both will take place in the Performance Lab at Trinity Commons.  Prior experience is a plus, but not essential, and the master class is strongly encouraged, though not 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 22
Saturday, November 23

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

Fall TheaterStudents perform in The Lincoln Vaudeville

The fall theater production, Death’s Brother: A Hair Piece, a devised piece inspired by Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, 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 4 and Thursday, September 5 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the CCAN Media and Performance Studio. Students may sign up for an audition time outside of Austin Arts Center, Room 228. 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, October 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m.

CONTACT: Email director Mitch Polin at​ with any questions.

Dance Classes

THDN-120-01 Why We Dance: Dance in Ritual Lesley Farlow MW 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

THDN-130-01 Jazz Dance Technique I (.5 credit) Lisa Matias TR 1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

THDN-132-01 Dance Practice: Level I Rebecca Pappas MW 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

THDN-140-01 Improvisation as Composition Peter Kyle TR 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

THDN-218-01 Principles of Movement Lesley Farlow MW 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

THDN-232-01 Dance Practice: Level II Peter Kyle MW 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

CONTACT: Contact the instructor and attend the first class.