Highland Camerata

The Highland Camerata, directed by Michael McGaghie, is a large mixed ensemble open to all students interested in singing at Macalester. Likened to the Renaissance "camerata" which was made up of musicians, poets, intellectuals and humanists, this group reflects the diverse interests and talents represented here on campus. The music of the ensemble will include such styles as classical, folk, and pop. In addition, each year the choir will combine with other Macalester Choirs to perform a major work. Past works have included: Orff's Carmina Burana, Mozart's Requiem, Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms and Vivaldi's Magnificat. Consideration for this group will be based on balance of parts and the ability to match pitch.

Audition Information


Registration for ensembles is taken care of by the directors of the ensembles during the first week of classes. Be aware there is some lag time between when students turn in registration information to the director and when the class appears on records.

Course Credits

  • 1 credit per semester, but only after two consecutive semesters of enrollment. 
  • Study abroad does not count as an interruption. 
  • Credits for ensembles do not count towards the College's 18-credit limit.
  • Ensemble credits count towards the Fine Arts requirement, but only if the student has registered for four consecutive semesters of the same ensemble. 

Rehearsal Schedule

Tuesdays 4:45-6:15 p.m.
Thursdays 6:30-7:30 p.m.

M113 (Hewitt Hall)


There will be one major performance per semester.


Michael McGaghie, director