Choral performance
Welcome to Choral Music at CU Boulder!

Sign up for auditions

CU Boulder choirs are open to all students, regardless of their major.

An audition is required for all who wish to enroll in a CU Boulder choir; auditions will be held in person (virtual auditions are not available at this time).

There are three parts to the choir audition:

  1. Sing a solo (folk song, art song, aria). If you have not prepared a vocal solo, you may sing "Amazing Grace" or "My Country, 'Tis of Thee."
  2. For sight-reading, we will provide one simple exercise.
  3. We'll also conduct a brief interview to say hello and get to know you a bit better!

You may audition with or without a mask. We will provide a pianist, so please bring your music.

If you cannot find a time to audition, please make an appointment via email at cuchoirs@gmail.com. Contact Dr. Gentry at cuchoirs@gmail.com if you have questions.

Read on for more information about CU Boulder’s choral ensemble offerings.

Ensembles

CU Chamber Singers (formerly University Singers)
Dr. Gregory Gentry, conductor

CU's premiere choral ensemble, The CU Chamber Singers, is comprised of auditioned graduate and undergraduate singers. Chamber Singers has been cited with critical acclaim for its performances and sings classically based literature from all cultures and style periods. Members are selected by audition at the beginning of each academic year. 

Note: Follow the above choral audition link to sign up for an audition time with the choral faculty.

CU Chamber Singers Rehearsals: Tuesday, Thursday, 1:00-2:30 pm
EMUS 1217/3217/5217

University Choir
Dr. Elizabeth Swanson, conductor

This auditioned choral ensemble is comprised of undergraduate students from across the campus and performs a wide range of choral literature. Founded in 1939 by the College of Music’s namesake and former Dean, Warner Imig, the University Choir’s traditions, performances, and tours have received national acclaim both in the United States and abroad. 

Note: Follow the above choral audition link to sign up for an audition time with the choral faculty.

University Choir Rehearsals: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 1:00-2:15 pm; 
EMUS 1227/3227/5227

CU Women's Chorus
Dr. Elizabeth Swanson, conductor

This ensemble is devoted to the study and performance of voice specific and wide-ranging repertoire. This choir performs on campus and in the Boulder-area two times per semester. Singers are required to audition for the Women’s Chorus. 

Note: Follow the above choral audition link to sign up for an audition time with the choral faculty.

Women’s Chorus Rehearsals: Tuesday and Thursday, 11:10 am-12:25 pm.
EMUS 1237/3237 

CU Festival Chorus
Dr. Gregory Gentry + staff conductors

This auditioned mixed voice choir consists of 50+ singers and is comprised of music majors, non-majors and community members. This choir performs with the CU choral concerts, CU Symphony Orchestra, CU Wind Symphony, The Boulder Philharmonic and participates in the CU Holiday Festival. Music will be selected from all historical style periods with the focus on choral masterworks with instrumental forces.

Note: Follow the above choral audition link to sign up for an audition time with the choral faculty.

CU Festival Chorus Rehearsals: Mondays, 7:00-9:30 pm
EMUS 1207/3207

Personnel

Gregory Gentry
Director of Choral Studies

Elizabeth Swanson
Associate Director of Choral Studies