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CMU Chorus


Dear Students,

I welcome you to an exciting year in the CMU School of Music.  I hope you are looking forward to what I think will be a brilliant year of learning and music making. I plan to continue to add more material and information to this webpage, so please stay tuned. But for now, read over the syllabus and see the information below.

Beginning with the Fall 2016 semester, the School of Music will offer two choirs:

CMU Chorus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30pm to 4:50pm
CMU Singers Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00pm to 5:50pm

57-419 Chorus

The CMU Chorus is a SATB group of all freshman and sophomore voice majors, other music majors, and University students from other schools on campus. The Chorus performs two concerts with the CMU Philharmonic as the Festival Chorus, which includes junior and senior voice majors:  the Holiday concert and the Winter Oratorio concert with a prominent guest conductor.  The Chorus also performs a spring concert. Recently, they performed a concert of opera choruses and the live soundtrack for the showing of the silent film, The Passion of Joan of  Arc. Membership is by audition.

57-422 Singers

The CMU Singers is a specialized group of 12-16 singers, who are also members of the CMU Chorus, who perform music written especially for a small vocal ensemble.  These students must demonstrate an advanced level of vocal ability and musicianship to handle the most challenging of vocal repertory suitable for young singers.  Membership will be determined by the CMU Chorus audition. 

Audition requirements

*Freshman Voice majors will sing a piece of their choice. It is recommended that you choose one of the auditions pieces used to enter the voice department at CMU.

*Sophomore Voice majors will sing a piece from their most recent voice jury.

*Music majors and non-music students will prepare a song of their choice with a fully realized piano accompaniment.

*All students will be required to sight-read.  Vocalization may also be required. Please dress appropriately.

Auditions for the CMU Choruses will take place on Tuesday and Thursday, August 30th and September 1st from 3:30-6:20pm in MM 110. Sign up sheets will be posted outside the office, MM 124 by Thursday, August 25th. The first rehearsal of the CMU Chorus will be on Tuesday, September 6th.

Have a great beginning of the semester.

Professor Douglas

Click Here to Download the 2016 Chorus Syllabus

Click Here to Download the CMU Chorus Dress Code

Click Here to Download the Schedule for Chorus and Opera

Click Here to Download the Composite Master Schedule

Click Here to Download the Stravinsky Translations

Click Here to Download the Voices of Light Translation