Director of Choral Studies Program:
Dr. Gregory Gentry
Welcome to the CU Choral Studies program website. 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 Duruflé's Requiem, Holst’s The Planets, Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9, Orff’s Carmina Burana, J. S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Stravinsky’s Les Noces, Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem, and Britten’s War Requiem. While specializing in different types of literature, each choir is open by audition to all university students.
The choirs at CU are open to students of all majors. An audition is required for all choirs except Collegiate Chorale and Men’s Chorus. CU choral auditions are held by appointment at the beginning of each semester in Macky 102. Students may sign up for a fall semester audition time online at www.signupgenius.com. Spring semester auditions are by appointment—sign-up sheet on the bulletin board outside of Macky 201—on the first day of the classes (and throughout the week). Detailed information will be posted outside of Macky 102 and on social media prior to each semester (our Facebook page is titled “The University of Colorado Choirs”). The audition consists of singing a prepared art song or familiar song such as “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” singing through simple scale and echo patterns, and some sight-reading. (note: A prepared solo is required for consideration if you wish to audition for Women’s Chorus and University Singers). Everyone must audition every year regardless of past participation in a CU ensemble.
The following paragraphs provide brief descriptions of the specific choirs.
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 pm, EMUS 1217/3217/5217
University Choir (Dr. Andrea Ramsey, 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 pm, EMUS 1227/3227/5227
Collegiate Chorale (Paul Thompson, conductor): 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
The University Men’s and Women’s Choruses: These ensembles are devoted to the study and performance of voice specific literature. Members from these choirs frequently make on-campus appearances including singing for athletic and fund-raising events. The conductor of the Men's Chorus for 2015-16 will be Jason St. Claire and the Women's Chorus will be conducted by Dr. Andrea Ramsey.
Men’s Chorus Rehearsals: Monday and Wednesday, 4:00-4:50 p.m., EMUS 1247/3247
Women’s Chorus Rehearsals: Tuesday, Thursday, 2:00-3:15 pm, EMUS 1237/3237
The CU Chamber Choirs (2015-16 directors: Paul Thompson and Jay Dougherty): Led by choral graduate teaching assistants, we are pleased to offer three newly formed ensembles - vocal jazz (one mixed and one treble), Madrigal Singers, and the barbershop quartet. Eligibility for participation is by separate audition. For membership in any one of these chamber ensembles, it is required that a singer also be active in one of the above-listed major conducted ensembles.