Choral Music

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    Welcome to Choral Music at CU Boulder!

Welcome to the CU Boulder Choral Music page. Our choirs perform approximately two concerts per semester and regularly collaborate with ensembles such as the CU Symphony Orchestra, CU Wind Symphony and The Boulder Philharmonic. The academic year’s choral activities culminate in the spring with the combined choral and instrumental performance of a major work. Recent offerings have featured Bach's "St. Matthew Passion" and Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms" with the Boulder Philharmonic, Duruflé's "Requiem," Holst’s "The Planets," and Beethoven’s "Symphony No. 9" with the CU Symphony Orchestra, and Stravinsky's "Mass" with the CU Wind Symphony.

Ensembles

University Singers
Dr. Gregory Gentry, conductor

Our premiere choral ensemble, University Singers, is comprised of select graduate and undergraduate singers. University Singers has been cited with critical acclaim for their performances and sings classically based literature from all style periods. 

Rehearsals: Monday-Thursday, 12:00-12:50 p.m.
EMUS 1217/3217/5217

University Choir
Dr. Elizabeth Swanson, conductor

This ensemble is comprised of undergraduate students from across the campus and performs a wide range of choral literature. University Choir has received acclaim from the Colorado state educators for its 2014 Colorado Music Educators Association performance as well as its concerts annually during the CU Madrigal and Chamber Choir Festival.

Rehearsals: Monday-Thursday, 1:00-1:50 p.m.
EMUS 1227/3227/5227

Collegiate Chorale
Staff instructor

This mixed voice choir consists of 50-75 men and women and is comprised primarily of undergraduate non-music majors, freshman through senior. While music for this ensemble is selected from all historical style periods, the focus is more on contemporary choral literature. This choir accepts all students through enrollment, and does not require an audition.

Rehearsals: Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30-4:45 p.m.
EMUS 1257/3257

University Men’s and Women’s Choruses
Dr. Elizabeth Swanson, Women's Chorus conductor
Men's Chorus conducted by staff instructor

These ensembles are devoted to the study and performance of voice specific repertoire. Members from these choirs make on-campus appearances, including singing for athletic events as well as formal concerts. Singers are required to audition for the Women’s Chorus, however, there is no audition required for participation in the Men’s Chorus.

Men’s Chorus Rehearsals: Monday and Wednesday,  4:00-5:15 p.m.
EMUS 1247/3247 

Women’s Chorus Rehearsals: Tuesday, Thursday, 2:00-3:15 p.m.
EMUS 1237/3237 

CU Chamber Choirs
Staff instructor

The CU Chamber Choirs consist of vocal jazz and madrigal ensembles, led by graduate teaching assistants, focusing on accompanied and unaccompanied singing of music from the Renaissance and contemporary periods. These choirs perform on campus and in the Boulder area approximately two times per semester, membership is by audition only and the choirs range from one to three on a voice part.

CU Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Staff instructor

The CU Vocal Jazz program features a select mixed choir (Table for Five), a women’s ensemble and a large mixed group as well. Performances, with an instrumental combo, occur twice a semester on campus and in the Boulder community. Spring in-state tours occur on a semi-yearly basis. Membership is decided by audition.

Personnel

Gregory Gentry
Director of Choral Studies

Elizabeth Swanson
Associate Director of Choral Studies