Q: What is the difference between CCR and Christian Voices?
A: Cantores Christi Regis is the premiere performance choir on campus. We perform two concerts each year and sings at various events on and off campus. We sing a mixture of sacred, secular, classical, and modern pieces, including both jazz and modern hits, and rehearse 2-3 times a week for 90 minutes.
Christian Voices is a non-audition choral ensemble that serves as the college’s chapel choir, and sings every Sunday during the academic year at the 8PM mass. In addition, Christian Voices sings at other liturgical celebrations such as memorial masses, Taizé Prayer, and many other services. The ensemble sings repertoire from chant to contemporary church music, and rehearse weekly for approximately 75 minutes.
Q: Is CCR a religious based choir?
A: No. CCR is the performance ensemble at King’s College; however, CCR sings a wide variety of music both sacred and secular.
Q: Does CCR sing a lot of religious music?
A: CCR sings a wide variety of music. We sing pop music, jazz, as well as songs considered part of the standard choral repertoire. Many of these songs are secular; however, there are a number of pieces that are sacred in nature. CCR has a strong relationship with the St. Bernadine’s Gospel Choir in Baltimore, Maryland, and we have learned several Gospel pieces over the years in order to sing with them when they come to campus.
Q: How long can I participate in CCR given my major?
A: The majority of students can participate in CCR all four years. Some majors such as Physician Assistant and the 3+2 engineering program only allow students to participate for three years, as these programs gradually become more intense and time consuming.
Q: How long can I participate in Christian Voices given my major?
A: Students can participate in this ensemble for their entire time at King’s, as this ensemble is less time consuming than CCR. This ensemble rehearses and sings only on Sundays, and therefore does not conflict with much of the course load of certain majors, such as Physician Assistant, allowing for participation. So, Christian Voices is a good way to continue to sing and make music.
Q: Can I be in multiple ensembles at one time?
A: Yes! Students can be in more than one ensemble if they meet the requirements of each group.
Q: Can I reaudition if I do not make it into CCR?
A: Yes! Because we cannot take everyone into CCR each year, we encourage all students to reaudition the following year if they were not chosen to join CCR. Auditions occur once a year in the early Fall and occasionally at the start of the Spring semester if needed.
Q: What is the audition process for CCR?
A: The audition consists of singing a song of your choice, “Happy Birthday”, and a warm-up to ensure proper vocal placement. Students interested in auditioning for CCR should sign-up at the beginning of each academic year for an audition time.
Q: How often is rehearsal for CCR?
A: Rehearsal is approximately 90 minutes twice a week. Occasionally rehearsals will be added if there is a special performance, or as we get closer to concert time.
Q: How often does CV rehearse?
A: CV rehearses once each week on Sundays for approximately 75 minutes prior to the 8PM mass, and we then sing at the 8PM mass.
Q: Do you need to be able to read music to join CCR or CV?
A: No you do not, but being able to read music makes rehearsals easier for you. Not being able to read music will not affect your audition for CCR, as we base our decisions on your singing ability.
Q: What are my options at King’s as an instrumentalist?
A: While there is no formal instrumental ensemble, students who play an instrument can play for one of the weekly Sunday masses, can occasionally play with CCR in one of their concerts, and can also participate in the pit orchestra for the annual musical in conjunction with the Theatre department. If enough interest is shown, there is a possibility of some type of all instrumental ensemble being created.
Q: Do I have to have any prior experience to cantor at mass?
A: No. All new Cantors are given training in order to prepare them for the ministry of Cantor.
Q: What types of performances do the ensembles do?
A: CCR performs two concerts each year. They also sing for various college events such as the Silver Century Club Christmas Party and the President’s Dinner to name a few. CV sings weekly at the 8PM Sunday mass as well as special prayer services throughout the year. All ensembles sing for our large college events such as the Convocation mass, which is the opening mass for the school year, and our Baccalaureate mass which is our Graduation mass. In order to make these celebrations the best we can, both ensembles perform together.
Q: Can I participate in choir while participating in other campus or work activities?
A: Yes, as long as you manage your time effectively, you should be able to participate in choir while also participating in other activities.