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)
Fall 2020 Auditions for the UNIVERSITY CHOIRS
(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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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 will be held Tuesday, August 25 between 1 and 3 pm) via the following link: Choir Auditions Signup - First Year Music Majors and Transfer Students. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 SOCIETY, the 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 email@example.com expressing your interest.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).