Columbia Chamber Choir

Columbia Chamber Choir

Columbia Chamber Choir, a subset of Columbia Chorale, is the newest addition to CAAM. Currently in its 6th year, Chamber Choir is an auditioned mixed vocal ensemble, established to support the organization’s mission to promote high quality choral music to the region by performing repertoire more suitable for smaller numbers. Chamber Choir members must also participate in Columbia Chorale.


Chamber Choir Staff:

Ryan Layton, Conductor

Emily Edgington Andrews, Assistant Conductor

Amanda Furtick, Pianist



Since the demands placed on the singer are great, with much of the note learning occurring outside of weekly rehearsals, individuals must possess:

  • a high level of musical and vocal abilities
  • a diligent work ethic and ability to work well with others
  • extensive previous experience in ensemble singing


Audition Process:

Auditions will be held virtually in October 2020.


To audition:

Indicate on the Chorale sign-up form your desire to audition for Chamber Choir.

Auditions will consist of:

  • a portion of one prepared piece of your choice (1 minute maximum), preferably drawn from the art song, oratorio, opera, or folk song repertoire, or “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee.” Memorization is not required. An accompanist will be provided.
  • a sight-reading passage
  • vocal agility and ear-training exercises


Location:  Auditions will take place virtually, and (hopefully) rehearsals will be held in person January-May 2021 on Monday evenings at Broadway Christian Church (BCC) in the Choir Room. BCC is located at 2601 W Broadway.


Chamber Choir Session Fees:

Once selected, we ask that Chamber Choir members pay $50 to help offset the operational and music costs. We want Columbia Chorale and Columbia Chamber Choir to be an accessible option for all.  Several payment options are offered in order to best fit your needs.  Scholarship assistance is available upon request.



Come Away to the Skies: An Evening of Bluegrass 

Columbia Chamber Choir

Saturday, May 8, 2021  

Columbia Chamber Choir with special guest artists combines the sacred and secular in a performance of bluegrass and folk music. Featuring Come Away to the Skies: A High Lonesome Mass by Tim Sharp and Wes Ramsay, which incorporates traditional Southern hymns into the Catholic Mass, this concert highlights the spirited and spiritual hallmarks of the American bluegrass and folk genres.