Voice/Choral Music

The Music Program offers a variety of ensembles including, Concert Chorale, Eastern Chambers Singers, S/A Choir, T/B Choir, and Opera Workshop (Click HERE for more information about ensembles). Many of our students participate in at least two of these ensembles each semester. All of our ensembles are open to all students on campus regardless of major. Eastern’s choral ensembles have performed at some of the nation’s top venues, including Carnegie Hall and The National Shine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. Our students collaborate regularly with regional orchestras and professional choirs and soloists.

Private voice lessons are available for all interested students as space allows. Music Majors choosing to concentrate their studies in voice performance receive private lessons each semester for either 1.5 (1/2 hour) or 3 credits (1 hour). There is no additional fee for students enrolled in lessons. For more information about private voice study, please click here.


Dr. David Belles
Professor of Music

Dr. Emily Riggs
Assistant Professor of Music

Dr. Greg Zavracky
Adjuct Professor of Voice


Expect The Unexpected!

Eastern Connecticut State University’s Performing Arts Department Theatre program presents Johnsonville, a multi-media production, conceived and directed by David Pellegrini and choreographed by Alycia Bright-Holland. The show will run April 16-19, 2015 (Thursday through Sunday at 7:30pm with an additional 11pm performance on Friday). The show will be performed in Eastern’s Harry Hope Theatre, located in the lower level of Shafer Hall (corner of High and Valley Streets, Willimantic, CT).


Johnsonville is an original production devised by the director, choreographer, and the students in Professor Pellegrini’s Experimental Theatre class. This is one of the Theatre program’s capstone courses in which students may contribute to the production as actors, dancers, designers, directors, stage managers, musicians, videographers, writers, and in other creative and technical capacities. The Harry Hope Theatre seating and playing space relationships have been rearranged to allow for a dynamic interchange between the audience and the multi-media display of sound, lights, projections, video, text, and movement. 


The set designed by Kristen Morgan; lighting by guest artist and Eastern alumnus, Matt Pryke; costumes by Theatre majors, Hanna Madler and Kayla Mainuli, and sound design by Joanne Nazro, add to the eclectic and electric ambiance. To note, the title and themes of the show were inspired by media coverage of the proposed sale of the deserted Connecticut town of Johnsonville. As a creative and collaborative response to this real-life story, Johnsonville, the show, takes an imaginative leap through time and beyond place.


Tickets are free for Eastern Students; $5 other students and groups of ten or more; $10 Eastern faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens; $15 general public. To reserve tickets for the show, please call the Box Office at 860-465-5123 or send an email to theatreboxoffice@easternct.edu.



Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland

Eastern Connecticut State University’s Theatre program is pleased to present Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland,adapted for the stage by Deborah Lynn Frockt and directed by Lenore Grunko, which will run February 18 – 22, 2015(Wednesday at 1pm; Thursday and Friday at 11am; Saturday and Sunday at 4pm)in the Harry Hope Theatre(Shafer Hall ground floor; corner of High and Valley Streets, Willimantic).


As per the director, Lenore Grunko, this is “family fun for school age children through adults!Alice’s Adventures in Wonderlandis a convergence of dreams, adventure, and challenge. Who is Alice? A girl, like most, who desires adventure rather than boredom, but unexpectedly finds herself in the throes of increasingly difficult challenges that become resolved as her dreams lead her through a web of highly engaging interactions. Some, if not all of these interactions are frustrating if not, confrontational. She engineers her way through each with a little more confidence and assuredness until the end, when it becomes apparent that she might just be in real danger. Alice is not willing to accept defeat, even by a Queen!

Tickets for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland  are free for Eastern students;  $5 for other students and groups of ten or more; $10 Eastern faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens; $15 for the general public. For reservations, please call the Harry Hope Theatre box office: 860-465-5123; or email at theatreboxoffice@easternct.edu.

Upcoming Theatre Events!

Upcoming THEATRE Calendar of Events

Phoenix New Play Series: Student written, directed, and performed! Oh, Just Wait by Robert Morgan – directed by Jordan Merrill; Pegasus by Robert Morgan and How Having a Vampire Boyfriend Would REALLY Go by Anthony Piccione – directed by Kinde Queenan Admission is FREE! No reservations necessary. October 25, 2014 (Saturday at 7:30pm) in the Student Center Theatre (North Campus)

————————————————————————————————————————— South Pacific
Based on the “Tales Of The South Pacific” by James Michener with Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and Book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan
Directed by Ellen Faith Brodie
November 19-24, 2014 (Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30pm; Sunday at 4pm; Monday at 7:30pm)
in the Harry Hope Theatre
Box Office:860-465-5123
Tickets: Free for Eastern students; $5 for other students and groups of 10 or more; $10 for Eastern faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens; $15 for the general public

Next Up In The Harry Hope Theatre!

April 24-27, 2014

The Laramie Project

by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project

Directed by Kelsey Guggenheim

Thursday- Saturday at 7:30pm, Friday Mid-Day Matinee at 11am; Sunday at 4:00pm;

Harry Hope Theatre

(Shafer Hall, ground floor, corner of High and Valley Streets, Willimantic);


$5 Students and groups of 10 or more

$10 Eastern faculty, staff, alumni and senior citizens

$12 General public

BOX OFFICE: 860-465-5123

Guest Lecturer: Dr. Diana Sáez

Guest Lecturer, Dr. Diana Sáez, visited Eastern on Oct. 11th and 12th and worked with the Chamber Singers in addition to presenting a lecture on the development of Choral Music in Latin America and her work with Coral Cantigas, in Washington, DC.

Thanks to all who came out and supported this programming!  Here are two clips from her workshop with Chamber Singers.  Enjoy!