The pandemic put a pause on group singing, but with the easing of Covid restrictions, the Cornell University Chorale “is most emphatically back,” says Michael Henry Poll de Bien, Chorale music director and Klarman Postdoctoral Fellow in the College of Arts and Sciences.
“We welcome singers from any department of the university and from the community,” Poll says. “We would most welcome additional participation from tenors and baritones, and anyone who might like to sing should be in touch with our manager, Max Yap. ’26. We were not able to welcome people from outside of Cornell last season, but the time has come for the community to return.”
The Chorale is a mixed voice choir of more than 100 singers, focused on developing each individual's vocal technique and musicianship. The group is composed of both Cornell students and Ithaca residents, giving students and local Ithacans a rare opportunity to get to know one another. The Chorale, say members, is a “welcoming space.”