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Dr. Karen Soderberg Sarnaker, Director

Chamber Choir Fall 2012

The Chamber Choir is a select (audition only) group of 25-32 singers that performs chamber literature from the various styles and periods of music.  The choir rehearses three hours weekly with an emphasis on musical excellence.

Chamber Choir places a premium on individual musicianship and refined technique.  Exploring a wide variety of repertoire with particular attention to style and authenticity in performance.

Respected for its outstandingly wide-ranging repertoire, the Chamber Choir has performed throughout the tri-state region and internationally.  Most notable was the choir's tour of China in the spring of 2008.

For information on auditions, upcoming performances, or to request they visit your school, please contact Dr. Sarnaker - 301-687-4110,


March 11-18, 2015

Perugia, Assisi, Florence, and Rome

Performances include:

  • Mass participation in the Lower Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi Basilica
  • Concert in Santa Maria dei Ricc, Florence
  • Mass participation in the Santa Maria Sopra Minerva in Rome
  • Concert in Santa Maria delle Grazie in Monte Dominic


2014/2015 Performance Schedule

Chamber Choir at Emmanuel Episcopal Church Fall 2014FALL CHAMBER CHOIR CONCERT

Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
16 Washington Street
Cumberland, MD

Free and Open to the Public


Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. 
Pealer Recital Hall - FSU Performing Arts Center

Free and Open to the Public


Sacred Contemporary American Composers

  • Always Singing by Dale Warland
  • Sainte-Chapelle by Eric Whitacre
  • Ave Maria by Morton Lauridsen
  • O Magnum Mysterium by Daniel Elder

Sacred European Compositions

  • Super Flumina Babylonis by Giovianni Pierluigi da Palestrina
  • Ave Verum Corpus by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Ubi Caritas by Maurice Duruflé
  • Crucem tuam adoramus, Domine by Pawel Lukaszewski

Secular Italian and American Compositions

  • Madrigale Mille by Manolo Da Rold (unpublished)
  • Io son la primavera by William Hawley           
  • Leonardo Dreams Of His Flying Machine by Eric Whitacre

American Folksongs and Spirituals

  • Shenandoah arranged by James Erb
  • Deep River arranged by Norman Luboff
  • Way Over In Beulah Lan’  arranged by Stacey Gibbs


  • Grandmother Moon by Eleanor Daley
  • Winter by Z. Randall Stroope
  • Ain't No Grave by Caldwell and Ivory

Chamber Choir Fall 2012