Audition Information for University Choirs

We are delighted you’re interested in singing with one of our outstanding UIUC choral ensembles.  We have a choir for every interested singer, and look forward to welcoming you into our community, where we share the joy of singing great music together. 

Chamber Singers (MUSC 460, TR 1:00-2:50 PM) 
University Chorus (MUSC 462, MWF  4:00-4:50 PM)
Black Chorus (MUSC 463, MW  6:00-8:20 PM) 
Women's Glee Club (MUSC 464, TR 4:00-5:20 PM)
Varsity Men's Glee Club (MUSC 465, TR  5:30-6:50 PM)
Oratorio Society (MUSC 466, T 7:30-9:30PM)

Audition information for Jazz Vocal Ensemble and Jazz Vocal Combos.

Auditions take place the first week of the fall semester. Music majors audition during the daytime on August 23, 24, or 25.  Non-music majors audition during the evening of either August 24 or 25. The audition sign-up links will be available no later than August 15th.

Choral Auditions for Music Majors

All music majors audition every year.

Location and Date: Auditions take place in the studio of Prof. Megill, Krannert 411 (fourth level, near the south end of the building; enter through either the blue parking garage doors and go up one level).

First-year students should sign up for a time on Monday, August 23

Sophomores and Juniors should sign up for a time on Tuesday, August 24.

Seniors and Graduate students should sign up for a time on Wednesday, August 25.

Sign-up for an Audition

What to expect:

Be prepared to sing a short aria or art song  (or excerpt from a longer aria or art song of about 2 minutes).  You will also be asked to sight-read, and may be asked to vocalize and/or perform tonal memory exercises.  The aria or song can be from any tradition, in any language and should show us who your expressive talents as well as your vocal skill.

If the day assigned for your year does not work in your schedule, you may sign up for a time on one of the other days (not the evenings, which are reserved for non-major auditions).

Choral Auditions for Non-music Majors

Eligibility: UI Choirs are open to all students by audition. Participation in Oratorio Society is also open to the community and does not require enrollment. 

Requirements: Be prepared to sing “My Country “Tis of Thee” or another song of your choice (1-2 minutes maximum) for your audition. Sight-reading may be included. 

Returning Students: returning members of WGC who are non-music majors and who do not wish to be considered for any other choral ensemble do not need to re-audition. Be sure to contact Prof. Solya before the audition days to let her know your intent to return. ALL VMGC members (returning & new) are required to audition.

Location and Date: Tuesday and Wednesday (August 24-25, 2021) 

  • Sopranos and altos (6-9PM) will audition in the studio of Prof. Solya, Music Building Room 4034. 
  • Tenors and basses (5-8PM) will audition in the studio of Prof. Coleman, Smith Memorial Hall, Room 203.

Sign-up for an Audition


Note that if your interest is in specifically singing in Black Chorus this year, you do not need to audition on August 24, unless you are a music major; all music majors re-audition every year. Instead, contact Dr. Ollie Watts Davis.