Columbia Chamber Choir

Columbia Chamber Choir

Columbia Chamber Choir, a subset of Columbia Chorale, is the newest addition to CAAM. Currently in its 5th 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:

Colin Knoth, Conductor

Emily Edgington Andrews, Assistant Conductor

Ryan Layton, 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 on Tuesday, September 4 between 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Broadway Christian Church (BCC) in the Sanctuary and Choir Room. The audition will be a blind audition.


To audition:

Sign-up with Chorale Coordinator at You will be emailed an audition time.

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 and all future rehearsals take place 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/year 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.


Rehearsals and Concert Commitments:  

Personnel will be notified of audition results via email by Friday, September 7th. First rehearsal is on Monday, September 10th at 6:00 p.m.  Rehearsals will be held prior to Chorale rehearsals each Monday night from 6:00-6:45 p.m.

Chamber Choir is a full-year commitment. The season runs September 10-April 5 with four major performances: December 1, 16, March 10, April 4-5


Joy to the World! A Holiday Concert and Handel’s Messiah Sing-Along

Columbia Chamber Choir

1 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1, 2018

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Dust off your old choral score and warm up your singing voice – CAAM is bringing back Handel’s Messiah in a special sing-along concert! Join Columbia Chamber Choir as they perform seasonal favorites and lesser holiday known works, followed by an audience sing-along of many beloved Messiah choruses.


Symphony of Toys

Columbia Chamber Choir and

Columbia Chorale Holiday Chorus

3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 16, 2018

Missouri Theatre

Don’t miss your opportunity to enjoy the world-class sounds of these stunning artists who hail from around the United States. Hear them in a full concert on Saturday night at the historic Sacred Heart Catholic Church, or along with members of Columbia Chorale and the Missouri Symphony Orchestra during the Missouri Symphony’s annual holiday concert Sunday afternoon.


Missouri Composers Orchestra Project Concert

Columbia Chamber Choir

7:30 p.m. Sun., Mar. 10, 2019

Broadway Christian Church (2601 W. Broadway)

Columbia Chamber Choir will premiere new choral works commissioned for the ensemble at the Columbia Civic Orchestra’s annual new music concert, which features the winners of the Missouri Composers Orchestra Project and other new works supported by the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.


Carmina Burana

presented with Missouri Contemporary Ballet

Columbia Chorale and CYC’s Canta Bella

Fri. and Sat., Apr. 5-6, 2019  

Missouri Theatre

(TBD a performance of piano/choir only in a neighboring community will be added for March 2019)

Fortune strikes again! After an incredibly successful two-night run in 2015, Missouri Contemporary Ballet and Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri team up again to produce Carl Orff’s timeless work in the way he envisioned: “total theatre,” combining music, words, and movement to produce a thrilling effect.