Audition Information for University Choirs

The School of Music offers many choral ensembles for accomodating all interested students ranging from novice to expert singers. The choirs and their meeting times are listed below.

Varsity Men's Glee Club (TR  5:30-6:50 PM)
Women's Glee Club (TR  4:00-5:20 PM)
Black Chorus (MW  6:00-8:20 PM) 
University Chorus (MWF  4:00-4:50 PM)
Chamber Singers (TR  1:00-2:50 PM)

Spring 2020 Auditions for the UNIVERSITY CHOIRS

 

UI Choirs will hold auditions in January 2021 only for new students and those wishing to audition for placement into a different ensemble. 

  • Music majors (incl. transfers) wishing to re-audition should contact Christopher Mason to arrange an audition. 
  • Non-Music Majors wishing to join a choir will schedule an audition with Andrea Solya or Barrington Coleman.  

MUSIC MAJORS:

(1) Returning undergraduate music majors with choral requirements (BMUS, BME, and BMA undergraduate voice majors):

For this exceptional year, all returning undergraduates will continue in the ensemble with which they sang last year.  If you would like to be considered for a different ensemble, contact music-choirs@illinois.edu  to schedule an individual on-line audition.

(2) New undergraduate music majors (first year students and transfer students): 

–– Send a video  excerpt of your singing to music-choirs@illinois.edu. In the subject line, write the following information:  Your Name, Choral Audition Solo Excerpt, and whether you’re a first year or transfer student.  If you do not have a video of a prepared song, you may sing a verse of “My country, ‘tis of thee” or a song of your choice a cappella.

–– Then sign up for a specific audition time (auditions dates for January will be announced at a later date) via the following link:  Link posted here in late fall.  After you sign up for a time, you will be sent a zoom link. At your audition time, log on to zoom for a short interview and tonal memory exercises.


Music majors who are not required to enroll in a choral ensemble, but who would like to participate in a UIUC choir should send an email expressing their interest to music-choirs@illinois.edu.


NON-MUSIC MAJORS:

Non-music majors who participated in choral ensembles at the U of I last year may register for the same ensemble without an audition.

Non-music majors who did not sing in a UIUC choir last year, or wish to audition for a different choir, will audition in the evening of Tuesday, August 25.  You do not need to sign up in advance.  If your last name begins with A – H, you should log in to your virtual audition at 6:00 pm.  If your last name begins with I – R, log in at 7:00 pm.  If your last name begins with S – Z, log in at 8:00 pm.

(1) Sopranos and altos should log onto the following zoom link: UIUC Choir Non-Major Auditions: Sopranos and Altos

(2) Tenors and basses log into this zoom link: UIUC Choir Non-Major Auditions: Tenors and Basses

Be prepared to sing “My Country “Tis of Thee” or another song of your choice (1 – 2 minutes maximum) for your audition. 


ORATORIO SOCIETYthe University’s community-based symphonic choir,  will meet only occasionally in fall of  2020.  We do not anticipate taking new members until the spring.  If you’d like to audition for OS in the spring, please send an email to music-choirs@illinois.edu expressing your interest.


BLACK CHORUS

Note that if your interest is in specifically singing in Black Chorus this year, you do not need to audition on August 25.  Instead contact, Dr. Ollie Watts Davis  (owdavis@illinois.edu).