Choral performance
Welcome to Choral Music at CU Boulder!

Welcome to CU Choirs! With seven choirs at the University of Colorado Boulder, we offer a range of repertoire and musical experiences for all levels of singing.

Each of the CU choirs performs two to three concerts per semester, both on-campus and off-campus, and regularly collaborates with instrumental ensembles such as the CU Symphony Orchestra, CU Wind Symphony, and The Boulder Philharmonic. The popular annual CU Holiday Festival features all CU choirs in collaboration with the CU Symphony Orchestra, and the academic year culminates with a combined choral-instrumental performance of a major work. Recent concerts have featured Leonard Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms," Benjamin Britten's "Ballad of Heroes" (Op. 14), Ludwig van Beethoven's "Choral Fantasy" (Op. 80), and Gustav Holst’s "The Planets" (Op. 32).

All music majors planning to enroll in any CU choir for the academic year are required to audition for the CU choral faculty (Dr. Elizabeth Swanson, Dr. Leila Heil, or Dr. Gregory Gentry). If a music major wishes to join a CU choir in the spring semester, they must audition for the choral faculty in January of that semester. 

Auditions are required for placement into University Singers, University Choir, and/ or Women's Chorus. Separate auditions are held for Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Madrigal Singers. Non-music majors are not required to audition for Men’s Chorus or Collegiate Chorale. Questions and concerns specific to an individual may be addressed at the time of the choral audition, or by sending an email directly to Elizabeth.Swanson-1@colorado.edu.

Follow the choral audition link to express your interest in singing in Fall 2020.

Below, read more about CU’s choral ensemble offerings.

Ensembles

University Singers
Dr. Gregory Gentry, conductor

CU's premiere choral ensemble, University Singers, is comprised of select graduate and undergraduate singers. University Singers has been cited with critical acclaim for its performances and sings classically-based literature from all style periods. Members of University Singers 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.

University Singers Rehearsals: Monday, Wednesday, 2-2:50 pm; Tuesday, Thursday, 2-3:15 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. 

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

University Choir Rehearsals: Monday, Wednesday, 1-1:50 pm; Tuesday, Thursday, 12:30-1:45 pm
EMUS 1227/3227/5227

CU Women's Chorus
Staff instructor

This ensemble is devoted to the study and performance of a wide range of repertoire specific to soprano and alto voices. CU Women’s Chorus performs on campus and in the Boulder area two times per semester, including in CU’s annual Holiday Festival concerts.

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

Women’s Chorus Rehearsals: Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00-12:15 pm
EMUS 1237/3237

CU Festival Chorus
Dr. Gregory Gentry and Dr. Elizabeth Swanson, conductors

This symphonic chorus is comprised of both music and non-music majors as well as community singers. As an auditioned mixed-voice ensemble—in the historic tradition of Berton Coffin’s CU Festival Choir—CU Festival Chorus performs with the CU Symphony Orchestra, CU Wind Symphony, and The Boulder Philharmonic. Music is selected from all style periods with a focus on choral masterworks with instrumental forces.

Note: Follow the 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

CU Madrigal Singers
Staff instructor

This ensemble focuses primarily on unaccompanied music from the Renaissance and contemporary periods. This choir performs on campus and in the Boulder-area two times per semester. Membership is by audition only. NOTE for music majors: membership requires co-requisite course of EMUS 1217, EMUS 1227, EMUS 1237, EMUS 1247 OR EMUS 1257

Contact graduate conductor, Daniel.Parks@colorado.edu to set up an audition

Madrigal Singers Rehearsals: TTH, 5:30-6:45 pm
EMUS 1477/3477

Personnel

Elizabeth Swanson
Interim Director of Choral Studies

Gregory Gentry
Director of Choral Studies (on leave until Spring 2020)