Performing Choirs

EXIGENCE: A Sphinx Vocal Ensemble

EXIGENCE is a professional vocal ensemble highlighting artistry within Black and Latinx communities. Led by founding conductor Eugene Rogers and comprised of vocal artists including solo performers, educators, conductors and composers, EXIGENCE celebrates the power of community and expression through choral music.

NC Master Chorale

Founded in 1942 as the Raleigh Oratorio Society, the North Carolina Master Chorale is committed to bringing the very finest in choral music performance to Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill audiences. Under the direction of Dr. Alfred E. Sturgis since 1993, the Chorale boasts a 170-voice Symphonic Chorus and a smaller, professional Chamber Choir whose size varies by project.

Hailed by critics as Raleigh’s premier choral ensemble, the Chorale primarily performs choral masterworks with orchestra. The NCMC Chamber Choir had its debut during the 1996-97 season and performs works ranging in style from the Renaissance to contemporary. Singers in both ensembles, many of whom are professional singers, conductors and music educators, are selected by audition from across Wake and neighboring counties.

In recent seasons, the Chorale has performed masterworks such as Ray's Gospel Mass, Rachmaninoff's Vespers, Haydn’s The Creation, and Berlioz' Requiem. In addition to these works, the Symphonic Choir has performed works such as Britten’s War Requiem, Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, and William Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast with the North Carolina Symphony and Orff’s Carmina Burana and Handel's Messiah with the Carolina Ballet.  The organization was awarded the 1991 Raleigh Medal of Arts in recognition of its rich heritage and numerous artistic contributions to the community. 

East Carolina University Chamber Singers

The ECU Chamber Singers is one of the premiere choral ensembles in the United States. Conducted by James Franklin, the ensemble maintains a vigorous performance and travel schedule and focuses predominantly on unaccompanied choral literature for advanced chamber choir. The group of 36-40 auditioned singers, primarily voice majors within the School of Music, has developed a national and international following due to a commitment to programming and performing quality choral music at the highest level.

In 2020, the Chamber Singers won second place in The American Prize in Choral Performance in the college/university division. The group consistently receives invitations to perform at various state, regional, and national conferences, including the Southern ACDA conference in 2020 and the National ACDA conference in 2019. Recent international accolades include being a finalist at the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing (Bulgaria, 2016) and winning 1st prize at the International Choral Competition Gallus (Slovenia, 2015). In addition to performing, the ensemble keeps an active recording schedule. Their most recent album, Appear and Inspire, is a collaboration with GRAMMY award-winning engineer, Blanton Alspaugh, and will be released this fall. Other albums in the Gothic Records catalogue include Greater Love (2007) and Eternal Light (2010).

The Harmonics

The Harmonics is a community of treble voices from Apex Friendship HIgh School that loves to laugh, make music at a high level, and have fun in the process! 

Since Apex Friendship High School opened in 2015, Harmonics has been a group of students that love to work hard. They are passionate and dedicated musicians that are kind and welcoming to others. Since the school's opening, Harmonics has traveled to NYC to perform in St. Patrick's Cathedral and they have scored straight superiors at MPA since 2018. Most of all, Harmonics loves to collaborate with other nearby schools and continue making music! Conducted by Sarita Gustely




The Royal Voices of Charlotte

The Royal Voices of Charlotte were formed in 2019 by Dr Justin Smith, Director of Choral Activities at Queens University, as a high-level, auditioned chamber choir. Royal Voices brings together Queens students and experienced community singers, many of whom are music educators themselves, to rehearse and perform repertoire of all types at the highest possible level. In June of 2022 they will embark on their first tour, performing at St John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, DC (the “President’s Church”) and on the hallowed stage of Carnegie Hall in New York City. Membership in the Royal Voices is by audition at the start of each academic year.


Women's Voices Chorus of Chapel Hill

WVC has evolved into the premier Triangle chorus for sopranos and altos. While performing a wide and diverse repertoire, we remain steadfast in support of our threefold mission: to provide a welcoming place in the Triangle for women to share the joy of singing together, to promote choral works written by and for women, and to strive to achieve the highest standards of musical excellence.

WVC strives to foster a climate of purposeful inclusion. A diverse, multicultural, multiracial choral community enriches a chorus and its music. We welcome women regardless of race, sexual orientation, past gender identity, culture, religion, disability, or educational, financial, or class status.




Director, Laura Sam, has been a choral conductor and music educator for the past 35 years, directing choruses at Meredith College, North Carolina State University, Cary Academy, North Carolina Governor’s School East, and Walter M. Williams High School. Laura was chosen to conduct both the North Carolina High School All-State Women’s Choir and the North Carolina Middle School All-State Mixed Chorus, and frequently conducts festival choruses at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. She has led numerous choral tours throughout Italy, Austria, and the United States. In 2007, Laura was honored as the North Carolina Music Educators High School Choral Director of the Year, and in 2018 was inducted into the North Carolina Music Educators Association High School Choral Section Hall of Fame.