Odyssey Choir

Odyssey Choir, directed by Melissa Rooklidge, consists of two ensembles and welcomes singers of all experience levels from youth to adults. The choir takes its name from the Greek epic, The Odyssey, that recounts the many adventures of the king of Ithaca, Odysseus, on his voyage home.

Striving for excellence in healthy vocal quality, style, and performance practice, Odyssey Choir will perform a variety of exciting and beautiful repertoire. Spanning different genres, languages, and time periods, this choir will take audiences on a thrilling musical journey from the Renaissance to modern day. Odyssey unites individuals and families through joyful music-making.

The two ensembles within Odyssey are Alpha and Omega, which rehearse once a week from September to June. Both groups will sing pieces independently and together in concerts. Rehearsals begin on Monday, September 24, 2018.

Alpha (ages 9 and up with unchanged treble voices)
Monday rehearsals 6:00-7:00pm

Omega (adults, college, high school, and changed voices- soprano, alto, tenor, bass)
Monday rehearsals 7:15-8:15pm

Vocal Scholar positions are available.

Concerts are on February 3, 2019 at 4pm and June 9, 2019 at 4pm at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

Vocal Placement Audition at Opus Ithaca

  • Sing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” a cappella (without accompaniment)
    • Key of G for sopranos and tenors
    • Key of D for altos and basses
  • Vocal range and echo exercises

Emphasis will be placed on each singer matching pitch. Each audition will be approximately 10 minutes. Singers of all levels and experience from beginner to advanced are welcome. There will be sight-singing exercises for those who wish to be considered for a Vocal Scholar position.

We will be holding vocal placement auditions on Sunday, September 23 from 4-6pm. Walk-in and scheduled auditions welcome!

If you cannot attend this day, please contact the director, Melissa Rooklidge at opusrooklidge@gmail.com to arrange a different time.

Please fill out this REGISTRATION FORM for Odyssey Choir with your contact information. Once we receive your registration, we will send you a link to sign up for a placement audition slot.


$160/semester (Payable in September and January)
Sibling or family member discount to $140/singer per semester
Dues cover the cost of music, organizational costs, and faculty
     Vocal Scholar positions available! 

Performance Attire

Singers will wear a dark red polo with the embroidered Opus logo in white (~$15) with black pants and black closed-toed dress shoes with black socks (student provides pants and shoes).

Singers will wear all black (members provide attire individually). Pants, dresses, and skirts must be floor-length, and tops/shirts/jackets must be elbow-length or longer. Socks and shoes (closed-toed only) must also be black. No ties or low-cut tops/shirts, please.