The College of St. Benedict Women’s Choir, directed by Dr. Susan Vollbrecht, is an auditioned ensemble that strives to use their voices to celebrate, connect, and honor the human spirit. We work on challenging repertoire across many genres and cultures to provide students a rich experience with singing. We celebrate our Benedictine Values through music and have a strong relationship with the Monastic Community. Community is very important in our choir and we strive to also be a resource to help singers’ journey throughout their collegiate experience. Women’s Choir is often called upon to use their voices to enhance campus and monastic events in performance. The choir has collaborated with Damian Sneed honoring the life and work of Martin Luther King Junior in “We Shall Overcome,” and with artists Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem to raise awareness of singing as healing. The CSB Women's Choir was also invited to be the featured collegiate ensemble in the Staples Area Women's Choir Her Voice, Her Song Festival virtual choral collaboration performing Grace Before Sleep by Susan LaBaar. A component of our practice is to use our voices to support issues of social justice. Each spring, the choir collaborates with other collegiate women’s ensembles in a concert to raise awareness of issues of domestic violence and serve as a good-will fundraiser for area shelters.
The choir rehearses four times a week (Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:20 p.m. - 4:35 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday's from 3:20 p.m. - 4:35 p.m. in A-135) and is comprised of mostly non-music majors. Interested students may enroll in Women's Choir by registering for MUSC 235 for 0 or 1 credit. The choir tours periodically within the upper Midwest, and is exploring a possible tour to Poland in May 2023.