Community Circles

This theme semester, we are creating new opportunities for mixed groups of students, staff, and faculty to connect and pursue common interests, beyond our roles and titles. These groups will be called Community Circles, and we encourage everyone to join in.

If you haven’t already signed up, fill out the 2018 Community Circle Sign-Up form.

Community Circles will meet during Common Hour (Wednesdays, 1:15 – 2:30 p.m.) on the following dates:  February 21, March 14, April 11, and April 18.  Please feel free to join in at any time!

The Circle topics, Facilitators, and Meeting locations are as follows:

Baking and Cooking -Lindsay Johnson, Casey Miller, Anya Jones
Learn and share new recipes.
Location:  Pinkard Room in the Athenaeum

Crochet and Knitting – Cass Freedland and Lucia Perfetti-Clark
Work on a project over the course of a semester.
Location: Siebert Center 341 in the Athenaeum

Crafting– Linda Barone and Lindy Bobbitt
Create small projects and learn how to make something new.
Location: Buchner Hall /Alumni House (2/21 & 3/14); Dunn & Hoyt Living #450 in the Athenaeum (4/11); and Batza Room/Athenaeum (4/18)

Gaming-Jessica Castro and Alec Kravitt
Share games, learn new ones, play.
Location:  Athenaeum 322

Hiking– Amy Eddy and Jen Pawlo-Johnstone
Experience nature, sightsee, fitness.
Location: Julia Rogers G48

Music –José Bowen and Marty Sweidel
Share, play, compose, and discuss music as a form of expression and a tool to frame a mood, as a means to tell a story.
Location: KA (Kraushaar) 204 on 2/21 & 3/14; Athenaeum Forum stage on 4/11 & 4/18

Reading/Book Club – Em Lassen
Read and discuss your favorite poetry and fiction.
Location:  Julia Rogers 251

Storytelling– Rory Turner
Experience the perspective of others through stories. Share your own story.
Location:  Athenaeum 342

Travel/Study Abroad – Anna Young
Share stories and discuss needs before, during, and after travel.
Location:  Athenaeum 435

Writing-Katherine Cottle
Explore various methods of writing to expres yourself. Includes poetry, creative writing, and journaling.
Location:  Julia Rogers 246

Goucher College Community Choir

As part of Goucher College’s Spring 2018 theme semester of “Defining Community: Concepts, Cultures, and Practices,” the Center for Dance, Music, and Theatre invites Goucher faculty, staff, students, alumnae/i, and community members to join the newly-formed Goucher College Community Choir. This is a great opportunity for those who love to sing, but don’t have time to commit to an ensemble throughout the whole year or semester. There will be THREE rehearsals with the Goucher Chamber Singers, a dress rehearsal, and the performance (dates listed below). There is NO COST OR FEE to join the choir, and NO AUDITION. Singers are expected to attend rehearsals and practice their part using learning files that will be provided.

Concert Repertoire

The concert will be a collaboration with the Goucher College Orchestra (Dr. Elisa Koehler, director) and the Goucher College Chorus (Dr. Daniel McDavitt, director). The Community Choir, together with the other Goucher Choirs, will perform Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, a thrilling masterpiece that extols the virtues of community, harmony, and concord that are achieved through music and the arts. Pianist and faculty member Jeffrey Chappell will perform the featured piano solo, performed by Beethoven himself at the 1808 premiere.

Choir Membership and Audition

There is NO AUDITION to join the ensemble. In each of the rehearsals you will be singing with Goucher Chambers Singers, our select choral ensemble. Thus, no one will be expected to sing alone and you’ll have plenty of other people singing your part with you. Spouses, partners, siblings, children, friends, alumnae/i, neighbors, etc. of any faculty or staff member are welcome to join. Additionally, any person in the Baltimore community, regardless of whether they have a relationship with Goucher faculty, staff, or students, may participate.

Community Choir Rehearsal Dates

Attendance at each of the three community rehearsals is expected. However, a one-rehearsal exception may be granted if you are unable to clear a conflict for one of the dates below. The dress rehearsal is mandatory.

  1. Tuesday, March 27, Community Rehearsal, Merrick Hall, 7:00-8:30pm
  2. Tuesday, April 10, Community Rehearsal, Merrick Hall, 7:00-8:30pm
  3. Tuesday, May 8, Community Rehearsal, Merrick Hall, 7:00-8:30pm
  4. Thursday, May 10, Dress Rehearsal, Kraushaar Auditorium, 7:00-9:00pm
  5. Friday, May 11, Concert, Kraushaar Auditorium, 8:00pm concert, 7:00pm call time

If you are interested in joining, please sign up at this link or contact Dr. McDavitt via e-mail at