University Chorus

As Canton's community chorus, University Chorus brings together the vocal talents of students, faculty and staff, and community members. They perform a varied repertoire in theme-oriented concerts, often with instrumental accompaniment, in the best tradition of American community choral singing. Last fall’s program A Hymn Sing featured beloved hymns and chorales (such as A Mighty Fortress, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, The Navy HymnI, etc.) in their original a cappella form along with arrangements (several by Alice Parker, Robert Shaw’s trusted collaborator) and extended works based on hymns such as the chorale cantata Nun Danket Alle Gott (Now thank we all our God) by Bach’s predecessor Johann Schelle featuring trumpets and violins. In the spring we celebrated singing in a concert that featured contemporary American composer Kirke Mechem’s spirited setting of a text by Elizabethan composer William Byrd entitled Singing is So Good a Thing: An Elizabethan Recreation accompanied by a chamber orchestra.

This fall we celebrate the patron saint of music and musicians, St. Cecilia, whose name day falls on November 22, with a performance of Handel’s great Alexander’s Feast, or The Power of Music – An Ode Wrote in Honour of St. Cecilia, for chorus, soloists and orchestra.

University Chorus also sings at the Annual Candlelight Service.

Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 6:45-9:15 pm in Griffiths 15, starting September 2.

Performance Dates:

  • Fall Concert: St. Cecilia, Patron Saint of Music, Sunday, November 16 at 2:00 pm in Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall.
  • 93nd  Annual Candlelight Services, Wednesday, December 10 at 7:00 and 9:00 pm in Gunnison Memorial Chapel.

Auditions: Sunday, August 31 and Monday, September 1, 6:30 – 9:30 pm in Griffiths 15, and by appointment until Friday, September 5.

Audition requirements: vocalize throughout your range, music reading skills check. Reading is not a requirement – just need to see where your skills are.

For more information, contact Barry Torres, director.