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The choral ensemble experience at the University of Kansas is diversified and comprehensive - ranging from traditional to experimental, classical to jazz, and the intimate to the grandiose. Each of our seven choirs has its own identity, and they all combine for special events such as the annual Holiday Vespers, and other major concerts with the KU Symphony Orchestra.

The University of Kansas offers M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in choral conducting, and M.M.E. and Ph.D. degrees in choral pedagogy.

Membership in KU Choirs is open, by placement, to any KU student. Information about our faculty/staff, ensembles, placement, and traditions can be found here on the KU Choral Music website.


Join KU Choirs

KU Choirs is an excellent opportunity to expand your musicianship, work on your singing, and meet new friends. All choirs are open to KU students, no matter the major. We hope you will consider being a part of the choral experience here at KU!
 

What is KU Choral? 

There are seven choirs in our program, each with its own purpose, tradition, and different levels of musical experience. Choirs meet at various times throughout the week, allowing students to participate in a choir that fits their busy class schedules:
 

Bales Chorale

Photo of Bales HallReahearsal Time
MWF 9:00 - 9:50 a.m.

Rehearsal Location
Murphy Hall, Room 328

Conductor
Dr. Michael Bauer | mbauer@ku.edu

Description
Bales Chorale is an ensemble of 25-30 singers specializing in the performance of sacred choral literature with emphasis on choral works with organ. Bale Chorale is led by graduate students enrolled in the Doctor of Musical Arts degree program in church music. All Bales Chorale performances are presented in the Bales Organ Recital Hall.

Chamber Singers

KU Chamber SingersRehearsal Time
MWF 1:00 - 2:50 p.m.

Rehearsal Location
Murphy Hall, Room 328

Conductor
Dr. Paul Tucker | ptucker@ku.edu

Description
Chamber Singers is a select mixed ensemble of 24-30 voices, generally for graduate students or advanced juniors and seniors majoring in music. This ensemble performs regularly throughout the semester and is the main touring choir at the university. Chamber Singers performs for special events on and off campus and makes at least one tour each year. Membership in Chamber Singers requires a high level of musicianship, outstanding reading skills, and dedication to the choral arts. Members of this ensemble also perform with the Symphonic Chorus.

Collegium Musicum

Photo of Collegium Musicum PerformingRehearsal Time
TR 11:00 - 12:15 p.m.

Rehearsal Location
Murphy Hall, Room 328

Conductor
Jim Davidson | jamesdavidson@ku.edu

Description
Collegium Musicum is a 16-20 member mixed chamber ensemble specializing in early choral literature. This ensemble combines with the KU Instrumental Collegium Musicum for at least one performance each semester. Collegium Musicum is typically led by a doctoral student in choral conducting.

Concert Choir

Concert Choir in Bales Recital HallRehearsal Time
MWF 1:00 - 2:50 p.m.

Rehearsal Location
Murphy Hall, Room 328

Conductor
Dr. Mariana Farah | mfarah@ku.edu

Description
Concert Choir is the largest select mixed choral ensemble at KU, and is comprised of up to 70 singers. This ensemble performs works that span the entire breadth of the choral literary tradition and requires an advanced level of musicianship and ensemble skills from its members. The Concert Choir typically performs literature for larger ensembles, at times featuring music for double-chorus. Members of this ensemble also belong to the Symphonic Chorus.

Men's Glee Club

Photo of Men's Glee ClubRehearsal Time
TR 3:00 - 4:20 p.m.

Rehearsal Location
Murphy Hall, Room 328

Conductor
Christopher Smith | christophersmith@ku.edu

Description
As the oldest continuous choral ensemble at KU, the Men's Glee Club is an ensemble of 35-50 men. The group performs a wide variety of choral repertoire, ranging from standard classical literature to KU fight songs. Men’s Glee performs regularly for events on campus and for special engagements off campus. The members of the Men’s Glee Club also belong to the Symphonic Chorus.

University Singers

Photo of The University Singers on KU CampusRehearsal Time
MWF 10:00 - 10:50 a.m.

Rehearsal Location
Murphy Hall, Room 328

Conductor
Rob Mance | r621m070@ku.edu

Description
University Singers is a large mixed chorus of 45-60 undergraduate voices that performs a variety of choral literature while concentrating on basic ensemble and musicianship skills. Members of University Singers also perform with the Symphonic Chorus.

Women's Chorale

Photo of Women's Chorale on StaircaseRehearsal Time
MWF 11:00 - 11:50 a.m.

Rehearsal Location
Murphy Hall, Room 328

Conductor
Dr. Mariana Farah | mfarah@ku.edu

Description
Women's Chorale is a select ensemble of 24-30 women who specialize in the performance of a wide variety of music for treble voices. The members of the Women’s Chorale also participate in the Symphonic Chorus.

 
Our choral department is led by very talented faculty, Dr. Paul Tucker and Dr. Mariana Farah, and a team of GTAs. It is our mission to see everyone who sings with us grow in their musicianship as singers and collaborators with other musicians. Join us! You'll be glad you did.

Choral Placement Registration

Click here to complete the KU Choral Placement Registration via your Facebook account »

New Students

All new students must complete the online KU Choral Placement Registration ». Once you've completed the KU Choral Placement Registration, please follow the link and instructions below to schedule an audition time. 

Returning Students

All returning students must update/edit their previous KU Choral Placement Registration by updating information such as class, availability, etc. Once you've updated/edited your KU Choral Placement Registration, please follow the link and instructions below to schedule an audition time. Failure to update/edit your existing registration may result in a delayed audition time!


When can I get involved?

This year, our placement auditions will take place:
  • Friday, August 22 (9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
  • Saturday, August 23 (9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
  • Monday, August 25 (9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, August 26 (9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
Regardless of your current vocal ability, we have a choir for you! Placement auditions check your range and reading ability, then ask you to sing "My Country 'Tis of Thee." 

Click here to schedule a placement audition time »

- Login with a Gmail account (You must create one if you don't already have one).
- Navigate on the calendar to August 22-26 and click on one of the available 'Placement' slots to schedule a time. 
- Click Save.
- Your time is now scheduled.
- To cancel an appointment slot you've already booked, leave the sign-up page and delete the event from your own personal google calendar.
**Please be sure that you are ONLY signing up for one of the days and times advertised above! If you notice that the available times on your calendar are NOT 9am-3:30pm, you MUST set your Google calendar account to Central Time. If your calendar times do NOT list available times between 9am-3:30pm, please follow these instructions:

1. After you've created a Google/Gmail account, open Google Calendar - https://www.google.com/calendar 
2. Click the gear in the top right 
3. Select "Settings"
4. In the "Country section," select "United States"
5. In the "Your current time zone section," select "(GMT-06:00) Central Time"
6. Click "Save" at the bottom


Placement Results

Placement results for all choirs will be posted online by midnight (12:00 a.m.) Wednesday, Aug. 27 (Tuesday night).


Questions?

Please contact Mariana Farah, Associate Director of Choral Activities at mfarah@ku.edu 
 
We hope you consider joining us this season!


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