The choral curriculum at PSU is designed to prepare you for a  career of passionate teaching

and conducting choral music in public and private schools, churches, and community

choirs.  The program of study is also an excellent preparation for graduate study in choral



Conducting and choral technique courses are experiential, holistic, and focus on the

connection of innate and natural movement (gesture) with sound.   Strong emphasis

throughout the choral area is placed on innovative programming that integrates multiple

disciplines and encourages extra-musical thought as a path to enlightened and informed teaching and performance.


Students gain a great deal of practical experience by participating in Choir Council, which manages weekly sectional rehearsals and participates in the planning and implementation of choral area events.  Students in the Choral Literature and Techniques course lead a choir of peers through the process of recruitment, programming, rehearsing, and performing a polished choral concert.  Music education students also participate each semester in a "choral lab" which provides a consistent opportunity to develop conducting, accompanying, rehearsal, and error detection/correction skills.


ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) PSU Student Chapter


This active student organization works to provide extra-curricular experience and opportunities to all interested students.  Student-led (with Dr. Perkins as advisor), the group plans events and hosts guest speakers, workshops, travel to choral concerts, and attendance at the yearly ACDA national and regional conventions.



Each year, two students are selected (through an application process) to work directly with Dr. Perkins as choral interns.  These students participate in all aspects of running a choral program, including the planning and implementation of choral festivals, concerts, retreats, recruitment, and yearly performance tours.  These students organize and monitor the choir council and student sectional rehearsals, and the choral fellow has the opportunity to conduct at least one of the PSU ensembles in performance.





Choral Conducting


A practical course that focuses on innate movement, textual analysis and expression, gestural communication, preparation, interpretation, and communication of choral scores for rehearsals and performances; culminates in a final concert conducted by class members.  2 credits, offered in Fall of even years.  Prerequisite:  Basic Conducting; majors and minors only.


Choral Literature and Techniques


Organization and development of choral ensembles: recruitment, auditions, voice classifications. Rehearsal technique, programming, and public relations.  Survey of choral repertoire appropriate for a wide variety of ages/grade levels and choral groups. 2 credits, offered in Fall of odd years.  Prerequisite:  majors and minors only.


Chamber Singers


An ensemble of 16-24 voices open to all PSU students by audition. The Chamber Singers perform music of all periods and styles in concerts both on and off campus.  Recent repertoire includes Mozart “Mass in C minor” (in collaboration with NH Master Chorale),  J.S. Bach “Komm, Jesu, komm,” Francis Poulenc “Four Christmas Motets,” and works by Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen, Arvo Part, and Moses Hogan.  The Chamber Singers tour annually; the ensemble has performed in England, South Africa, Vietnam, Italy, Canada, Chile, the American Southwest, and throughout New England and the East Coast.  In 2017, the group will study and perform in South Korea.


One credit per semester is offered, and the course may be repeated for credit.  Tour fee applies.


University Chorale


University Chorale is a 70-80 voice ensemble open to all PSU students. The ensemble performs works from all periods and styles, often in collaboration with other New Hampshire choirs and orchestras.   Recent repertoire includes Ralph Vaughan Williams “Dona nobis pacem,” Michael Tippett “A Child of Our Time,” Johannes Brahms “Schicksalslied,” and Qinisela Sibisi “Zulu Mass.”


One credit per semester is offered, and the course may be repeated for credit.





Job Placement

Music Education




Grad School