The University Chorale is the premiere choral ensemble selected by audition from both graduate and undergraduate students in the Music Department and the campus at large. The Chorale sings a wide range of substantive literature from all musical periods. In addition to a full schedule of on campus performances the Chorale has appeared in convention concerts, workshops presentations and choral festivals as well as tours within the United States and Europe.
The Chamber Singers specialize in chamber vocal music from all periods and many genres of vocal music. The ensemble is noted for its excellence in the choral art. The Chamber Singers perform two concerts a year on campus and also stay busy singing for civic and community events.
The University Singer’s Women’s Chorus was revived in the Fall of 2010. This ensemble is open to all singers from the Department of Music and the campus at large. The Women’s Chorus performs annually on the Choral Fall, Winter and Spring Concerts as well as special events on campus.
The Opera Ensemble gives singers the opportunity to perform opera scenes or fully staged operas each year. Operas that been fully staged and performed in recent history include Mozart’s the Magic Flute, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, and Menotti’s The Medium. In the Fall of 2009, several singers participated in a staged opera scene performance which featured Puccini’s Sour angelica¸Strass’s Die Fledermaus, Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutti, and Massenet’s Manon. The goal is for singers to have the experience of working with an opera score to better understand the libretto and the music of a very unique genre, and the opportunity of working with staging and performing additional great music literature.