A History of Dolce

Dolce, Lehigh University Women’s Ensemble, is a group of students who are dedicated and passionate about singing together in order to explore the wealth of choral music written especially for women’s voices. These members are selected from the University Choir and consist of a variety of majors, including music.

The history of Dolce is closely connected to the history of women at Lehigh. The first female undergraduates were admitted to Lehigh in 1971, and with that, a new women’s chorus formed. The Chamber Singers, or “Bidlack’s Brigade,” as they were eventually known, became an active force on campus as well as off, regularly joining with men’s glee clubs from other universities. In 1979, the group was disbanded in order to join with the Lehigh University Glee Club to form what is today known as the University Choir.

After an almost 30-year absence, Dolce has revived the women’s chorus tradition in the Lehigh Choral Arts program. Founded in 2007 by the women of the University Choir and first director Deborah Field, Dolce has already established itself through its charming and excellent performances. In its short history, Dolce has begun to amass repertoire ranging from Medieval/Renaissance to contemporary choral works. Dolce has performed in most Lehigh Choral Arts concerts including the annual Christmas Vespers and various campus-wide events. Within the past few years, Dolce was featured at the 40th anniversary of Women at Lehigh dinner, the event “Take Back the Night”, the Gender Equity banquet, and the Scholarship Dinner. Performing a wide variety of repertoire from a cappella songs to extended works with orchestra, Dolce made its debut with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, joining forces with the Moravian College Women’s Choir to sing Fauré’s Messe des pêcheurs de Villerville.

Dolce is looking forward to more opportunities to share the beauty of choral arts with the Lehigh Community. Dolce is currently directed by Sun Min Lee with Susan Frickert as accompanist.

Listen to our recent performance of Dr. Steven Sametz’s Entreat Me Not To Leave You – one of three pieces featured in Sametz’s Three Biblical Love Songs

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