Newcomb Department of Music
102 Dixon Hall
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA 70118-5683
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Tulane University Choral Area


The Choirs: The Tulane University choral area strives to present a high quality of choral singing and choral repertoire every semester.  One extended masterpiece with orchestra is programmed at least once per academic year. Among those pieces are Bach's Magnificat, Mozart's Requiem, Bach's Singet dem Herrn, and Brahms' Alto Rhapsody.   

In 2010 the choirs performed for the national tour of Star Wars.  In Spring, 2013, the choirs toured Italy, and sang in Rome, Florence, and Venice, including venues such as the Vatican and St. Mark's.  Also that Spring, the Tulane-Newcomb Choir performed a world premiere of "The Crossing," by Odaline de la Martinez.  This performance was in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Information for prospective participation in Tulane University Choral Activities

Tulane-Newcomb Choir (every semester): An ensemble containing 50-60 singers, performing a wide variety of mainly classically-based choral music, including larger works with orchestra.  Rehearsals are:

Mondays, 6:00-8:00 P.M. (sometimes 9:00 P.M.) AND choose ONE of the following:

Tuesdays, 5:00-6:00 P.M.; Thursdays, 5:00-6:00 P.M.; OR Fridays, 4:00-5:00 P.M.

Men's Chorus (every semester): An ensemble containing approximately 24 male singers, performing a wide range of choral music, including classical, popular, musical theatre, and barbershop.  Rehearsals are:

Fridays, 2:00-4:00 P.M.

Chamber Choir (sporadically): An ensemble containing 12-24 singers of an advanced vocal production and sight-singing level, performing a larger amount of a cappella works.  Rehearsal TBA.  This group is currently on hiatus while Dr. Raybon is Chair of the Newcomb Department of Music.

There is a mass audition for all choral groups at the beginning of the semester.  If you contact Dr. Raybon (, he will keep a record of you so that you will be informed by email about the date and time of the audition.

The audition is informal.  The singer may bring a selection if he/she chooses, or he/she may simply vocalize with Dr. Raybon.  Prospective students are also encouraged to "like" the facebook page: Tulane Choirs, where information is intermittently updated.

Dr. C. Leonard Raybon


C. Leonard Raybon has been on the faculty of Tulane for thirteen years, and currently serves as chair of the Newcomb Department of Music. At Tulane, he is the Director of Choirs, resident musical director and conductor for the prestigious Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane, and voice teacher. He has presented papers in Honolulu, Hawaii, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and has had an article on Bach’s Jesu, meine Freude published in The American Organist

In 2009 he was invited as guest conductor in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Raybon has won two Big Easy Awards for musical direction in Pirates of Penzance and Man of La Mancha at Summer Lyric at Tulane. He was recently a featured soloist and chorister the Monteverdi Vespers at Marigny Opera House. Leonard and his choirs performed in Rome, Florence, and Venice in 2013. In the Summer of 2014, in Rome, he presented a paper on his innovative beginning voice teaching approach based in Aristotle, and an article on the topic will be published in the International Journal of Arts Education.


Tulane University boasts a beautiful choral rehearsal room with vaulted ceilings, parquet flooring, and fine acoustics.

Newcomb Department of Music, 102 Dixon Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5267