University Singers

Choral Audition Information

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Meeting Times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 2:30-3:50

Conductor: Betsy Burleigh

Associate Conductor: Charley Snell

Assistant Conductor:  Joshua Harper

Audition: Required

Founded over 60 years ago and the longest running choral ensemble in the Jacobs School, the University Singers consists of 32 exceptional singing musicians.  The ensemble is known for vibrant and engaging performances of repertoire in widely ranging languages and styles from Renaissance madrigals through chamber music of the 20th century.  University Singers performances vary in presentation too, including not just the traditional concert but multi-media events as well.  Most recently their concert titled “Under the Influence” featured projections of Impressionist paintings along with readings and the music of composers inspired by three powerful and colorful “salonistas” of La Belle Époque.

The University Singers is committed to featuring soloists auditioned from within the group, and alumni have gone on to illustrious careers in opera, oratorio, academia and on the podium.  Excellent music reading, ensemble, and language skills are expected.

2016-17 Concerts

“Made in America”

Irving Fine’s The Choral New Yorker, Charles Ives’s The Celestial Country, plus music of Williams Billings and Peter Schickele (in his own right, not as his alter ego of PDQ Bach!)  Significant solo opportunities for soprano, baritone and tenor.

University Singers with the Oratorio Chorus & Concert Orchestra

Poulenc: Gloria

Walton: Belshazzar’s Feast

Solo auditions for this concert (soprano and baritone) are open to the entire Jacobs School based on a voice teacher’s recommendation.  Contact the Choral Department or your voice teacher for more information.

“Night & Day”

Ligeti: Ejszaka &  Reggel                    

Poulenc: Un soir de neige

Kodaly: Esti dal

Schubert: An die Sonne

Brahms: In stiller Nacht; Wach auf mein hört; plus excerpts from Op. 104

Haydn: Abendlied zu Gott                   

“Of Love & Loss”

Samuel  Barber: Reincarnations

Claudio Monteverdi: Sestina, Lagrime d’Amante al sepulchro d’amata

And other works TBA

University Singers