The Chorale is the large choral ensemble of Macalester College, directed by Michael McGaghie. The choir’s repertoire includes both a cappella and accompanied music from various Western and non-Western vocal traditions. The Chorale and Concert Choir combine annually to perform a major work with orchestra. Recent major works include Fauré’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms. Membership is open to all Macalester students by audition. 

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 6:30-8:00 p.m.

M113 (Hewitt Hall)


There will be one major performance per semester.


Michael McGaghie, director