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Tulane University Choral Program

Tulane University Chorus

The Choirs:

The Tulane Choirs rehearse and perform according to the Aristotelian concepts of logos, ethos, and pathos; that is, we take great care that our musical argument is clear, that we are competent singers, and that we make the music compelling to our audiences.

The various choral tracks perform mostly classical repertoire, usually performing one or two extended works each year, often with orchestra. Some examples are:

  • Nänie, Johannes Brahms (Fall 2016)
  • Jesu, meine Freude, J.S. Bach
  • "Coronation Mass," W.A. Mozart
  • Paukenmesse, F.J. Haydn

By singing in Tulane-Newcomb Choir (TNC), you will enjoy two distinct experiences.

  1. Full TNC Ensemble

    Mondays, 6:00-7:30 P.M.: This is the large mixed ensemble that performs major choral/orchestral works, among other exciting selections.

  2. Each of you will sing in one of the following tracks, for an additional 1.5 hours per week (3 hours total).

    • Men's Chorus:

      Mondays, 7:30-9:00 P.M. This group performs exciting and fun repertoire that revels in the richness of men's voices.
      (all male singers new to TNC will invest their talents in this track for at least one semester.)

    • Chamber Choir:

      Fridays, 1:00-2:30 P.M. This smaller mixed ensemble tackles very specialized repertoire.

    • Women's Chorus:

      Fridays, 2:30-4:00 P.M. This choir celebrates the unique timbre of treble voices and performs a wide range of literature.
      (all female singers new to TNC will invest their talents in this track for at least one semester.)

Auditions for TNC usually occur on the first evening of classes, and a flyer and a sign-in sheet are usually posted about a week before that in Dixon Hall. You can prepare a piece, or just show up ready to sing.

Also, Dr. Raybon teaches a Voice Class (APMS 2211-01) most semesters that helps in training inexperienced singers in classical voice.

Email Dr. Raybon with any questions

Dr. C. Leonard Raybon

Dr. C. Leonard Raybon

C. Leonard Raybon has been on the faculty of Tulane for thirteen years, and currently serves as chair of the Newcomb Department of Music. At Tulane, he is the Director of Choirs, resident musical director and conductor for the prestigious Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane, and voice teacher. He has presented papers in Honolulu, Hawaii, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and has had an article on Bach’s Jesu, meine Freude published in The American Organist.

In 2009 he was invited as guest conductor in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Raybon has won two Big Easy Awards for musical direction in Pirates of Penzance and Man of La Mancha at Summer Lyric at Tulane. He was recently a featured soloist and chorister the Monteverdi Vespers at Marigny Opera House. Leonard and his choirs performed in Rome, Florence, and Venice in 2013. In the Summer of 2014, in Rome, he presented a paper on his innovative beginning voice teaching approach based in Aristotle, and an article on the topic will be published in the International Journal of Arts Education.


Tulane University boasts a beautiful choral rehearsal room with vaulted ceilings, parquet flooring, and fine acoustics.