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.

2019-20 choral auditions will take place Aug. 25-27. Follow the choral audition link to sign up for an audition time. CU Fall choral rosters will be finalized on the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 27. CU Fall choral rehearsals will begin Wednesday, Aug. 28.

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. 

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

University Singers Rehearsals: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 12:00-12:50 p.m.
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, Warner Imig, the University Choir’s traditions, performances, and tours have received national acclaim. 

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

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

CU Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Dr. Leila Heil, conductor

The CU Vocal Jazz program features a select mixed choir. Performances with an instrumental combo occur twice per semester. Membership is decided by audition. For music majors, membership requires a co-requisite course of EMUS 1217, EMUS 1227, EMUS 1237, EMUS 1247 OR EMUS 1257

Contact Dr. Heil for an audition appointment: Leila.Heil@colorado.edu

Vocal Jazz Ensemble Rehearsals: Monday and Wednesday, 5:15-6:45 p.m.
EMUS 1477/3477/5477

Vocal Jazz Ensemble co-requisite course possibilities for music majors, by audition only: EMUS 1217, EMUS 1227, EMUS 1237, EMUS 1247 OR EMUS 1257

University Men’s and Women’s Choruses
Staff instructors

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. 

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 

Singers are required to audition for the Women’s Chorus. 

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

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

Collegiate Chorale
Staff instructor

This mixed voice choir consists of 45-50 singers and is comprised primarily of undergraduate non-music majors, freshmen through seniors. While music for this ensemble is selected from all historical style periods, the focus is on contemporary choral literature. 

There is no audition required for participation in the Collegiate Chorale. 

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

CU Madrigal Singers
Staff instructor

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

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

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

Madrigal Singers 2019-20 Rehearsals: TBD
EMUS 1477/3477/5477

Co-requisite course possibilities, by audition: EMUS 1217, EMUS 1227, EMUS 1237, EMUS 1247 OR EMUS 1257

Personnel

Elizabeth Swanson
Interim Director of Choral Studies

Leila Heil
Associate Professor of Music Education

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