The Westminster College Chamber Singers is an elite mixed vocal ensemble comprised of the college’s most talented and experienced vocalists and is open to all students by audition. Members of this select ensemble are highly motivated and committed to achieving a professional caliber of choral performance. The Chamber Singers are routinely featured on and off campus at smaller private events and proudly represent the college on the regional, national and international stages. As a demonstration of their added commitment to the choral art, members of the Chamber Singers are expected to concurrently enroll in the Concert Choir, serving as the core of the touring ensemble. The Chamber Singers perform a wide array of challenging vocal repertoire suitable for small ensemble spanning the Renaissance to the 21st Century.
Dr. Samuel Barbara is Director of Choral Activities and assistant professor of music at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, where he conducts the Chamber, Concert and Men’s Choirs, and teaches choral methods, literature and conducting. He completed his doctorate in choral music at the University of Southern California, where he was senior teaching assistant in the Department of Choral and Sacred Music and assistant conductor of the renowned USC Thornton Chamber Singers. Before arriving in Southern California, Dr. Barbara served as Director of Choirs at Cleveland High School in Portland, Oregon where he was awarded the “Golden C” for excellence in teaching. Under his direction, the Cleveland “A” Choir won the 5A Oregon State Choir Championships three times. Samuel earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees from the University of Portland. After completing his undergraduate work, Samuel was awarded a Fulbright Grant to teach English and study music in Weimar, Germany.