The Madrigal Singers of Boston College is BC’s premier student-run chamber choral group!  The Madrigal Singers (colloquially known as “Mads”) perform chamber works from various time periods, with an emphasis on the Renaissance.  Mads consists of twelve to eighteen members that perform both on the Boston College campus and throughout the greater Boston area. We rehearse twice a week focusing on a variety of four-to-eight (and occasionally up to sixteen!) part a cappella chamber and Medieval/Renaissance music.  Mads is completely student-organized and self-directed, which complements our unique style.


We hold auditions at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. All members of the BC undergraduate and graduate community are welcome to audition. Our auditions are “low pressure” as we welcome you to sing any song of your choice and do not ask you to do any sight-reading.

Current members have experience ranging from serious classical music study and formal vocal training to informal experience with voice or other instruments (and solo shower performances). Anyone who takes an interest in singing renaissance or other chamber choral works is strongly encouraged to audition.

Lastly, do not let the costumes (or tights for men) scare you off. Even our shyest members come to feel comfortable in Renaissance attire!

Recent Repertoire 

Our Fall/Christmas Concert generally consists mostly of Christmas-themed Renaissance and Renaissance-inspired music as well as traditional Christmas carols, though the Madrigals have been known to throw a in more unconventional selection, such as “Deck the Halls in 7/8” or “The Twelve Pains of Christmas.”

Our Spring Concert is a Disney/Jazz fusion sing-a-long. Kidding! For our spring concert we sing what we know best- madrigals, of course! This is the concert where we showcase our love and passion for sharing the beautiful music of the Renaissance and other chamber works, such as Eric Whitacre’s “A Boy and a Girl,” Matthew Harris’ “When That I Was and a Little Tiny Boy”- and even original compositions by members of the Madrigal Singers, such as the captivating “Sanctus” by Peter Olsen, BC ’13!

Below is an incomplete list of music that we have performed with a links to our performance/recording when available: