Choral Department


Michaella Calzaretta

Doctoral Recital: Britten - Saint Nicolas
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Welcome Prospective Conducting Students! 

Indiana University attracts some of the brightest, most self-motivated, and most creative musicians in the world. The Choral Department at the Jacobs School of Music is a bustling environment with 9 choral ensembles (University Singers, NOTUS, University Chorale, Oratorio, All Campus Choir, Singing Hoosiers, Conductors Chorus, and 2 Vocal Jazz Ensembles), as many as 6 opera choruses, a pool of over 300 gifted singers, and one of the most comprehensive music libraries in the world. Our program prepares students to succeed in all areas of the choral field, with a faculty of choral professionals who specialize in repertoire across eras and disciplines, including choral-orchestral repertoire, new music, opera, vocal jazz, and vocal popular music.

While at IU, students have access to an extraordinarily rich environment filled with professional vocal and instrumental musicians. Our graduate conductors regularly convene ad-hoc choral-orchestral concerts, conduct premieres of IU composers, assist in the preparation of opera choruses, travel, speak, and perform at major festivals and conferences, and explore interdisciplinary artistic endeavors. The Choral Department regularly hosts guest artists from around the world as master class teachers. Recent visitors have included conductors Matthew Halls, Simon Carrington, Ragnar Bohlin, Vance George, and composer Caroline Shaw.

We believe strongly in encouraging a supportive environment where all students receive an ample amount of podium time. Daily life of graduate conducting students is intense. A typical student might spend the morning in score study and academic classes, the afternoon leading the University Chorale or Conductors Chorus, and the evening assisting in opera chorus rehearsals or conducting a community chorus or church choir.

Students who excel in our graduate conducting program are highly motivated, experienced musicians who often create their own opportunities beyond those provided by the curriculum. Recent student ad-hoc projects include orchestral performances of arias from Don Giovanni, semi-staged productions of Gluck's Orfeo and Schumann's Der Rose Pilgerfahrt, a music-video installation at the School of Fine Arts Gallery, a rock-inspired staged performance of Bach's St. John Passion (Passionate Convictions), and a choral-orchestral concert of Schubert’s Mass in G and Beethoven’s ‘Coriolan’ Overture.

We invite you to browse our website for more information on our graduate programs, the audition process, our ensembles, and our faculty and students. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. We are here to enable you to learn and create inspiring musical performances before diving head-first into the professional choral world.