The Ridgewater Concert Choir is an ensemble that performs a wide variety of sacred and secular literature from Renaissance madrigals to contemporary popular song arrangements.
- Bi-annual performance tour - past venues include Carnegie Hall, St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City, the Chicago Temple and Comer Children's Hospital
- Annual participation in Minnesota State College and University Fine Arts Festival
- Local performances through out the year - collaborating with area ensembles: the West Central Singers and Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra
- Community outreach - performing at local nursing homes and churches
A wide range of students from both the transfer and technical areas of the college participate. Students who participate in Concert Choir (MUSC 0100) earn one credit for participation.
Benefits of Participating in Choir
Join a Choir - Science shows it'll make you feel better!
- Group singing releases oxytocin - a chemical that manages anxiety and stress
- Music lowers cortisol, a chemical that signals level of stress
- Singers often experience a rush or "singer's high" due in part through a surge of endorphins
- Music releases serotonin, a neurotransmitter associated with feelings of euphoria and contentment
- Listening to music releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain associated with feelings of pleasure and alertness