The 2016-2017 University Choirs include Chamber Choir, Women’s Chorus, University Chorus, and University Singers, the premier vocal ensemble in the School of Music. See below for information about each ensemble.

UNIVERSITY SINGERS

  • Current Director: Andrew Minear
  • Course Number: MUA 163/263/363/463/563 (can be repeated for credit each semester)
  • Variable Credits: 0 or 1
  • Meets: MWF 2-2:50
  • Room: 167 Moody Music Building

Comprised of the finest vocalists at the University of Alabama, the University Singers is the premier vocal ensemble of the School of Music. University Singers is open to all UA students, undergraduate and graduate, regardless of major. Membership is by audition only. Open auditions take place in the fall of each year and members are expected to make a yearlong commitment. This ensemble provides a challenging and exhilarating environment for voice majors and talented choral enthusiasts. University Singers performs a wide variety of repertoire, including significant contemporary works, spirituals, world musics, and masterworks of the historic choral canon.

See the University Singers page for audition information and additional background of this prestigious ensemble.

UNIVERSITY CHORUS

  • Current Director: Andrew Minear
  • Course Number: MUA 162/262/362/462 (can be repeated for credit each semester)
  • Variable Credits: 0 or 1
  • Meets: TR 12:30-1:45
  • Room: 167 Moody Music Building

University Chorus is open to all UA students, undergraduate and graduate, regardless of major. This ensemble is comprised of vocal and instrumental music majors as well as non-music majors who want to build on their past music experience. University Chorus performs a variety of challenging music from throughout history and around the world; and often combines with the University Singers to perform choral-orchestral masterworks. They have performed around the local community and at the Alabama ACDA Invitational Choral Festival. Rehearsals emphasize development of vocal technique, ensemble listening skills, musical interpretation, and expressive communication.

No audition is required for the 2016-2017 University Chorus, but it is recommended that new members of the University Chorus either have some previous choral singing experience; OR have experience playing the piano, guitar, or an instrument in a school band or orchestra.

We ask all students who will sing in University Chorus to sign up for a low-pressure choral placement hearing. No preparation is required. To find out more, including how to sign up, see the University Choirs Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

WOMEN’S CHORUS

  • Director: Andrew Minear
  • Course Number: MUA 168 (can be repeated for credit each semester, all students register for the 100 level)
  • Variable Credits: 0 or 1
  • Meets: MWF 1-1:50
  • Room: 167 Moody Music Building

Originally founded in 1925 (known then as the Women’s Glee Club), the University of Alabama Women’s Chorus will begin again in the fall of 2016. In the decade following World War I, this ensemble helped to firmly establish the music program on the university campus. The University of Alabama School of Music is proud to continue this great tradition by starting a new chapter in 2016.

The UA Women’s Chorus is open to soprano and alto singers of all experience levels, from beginning to advanced, regardless of major. New members are welcome at the beginning of each semester. Women’s Chorus performs concerts every semester in the Moody Concert Hall and also performs at community events both on and off campus.

Women’s Chorus prepares a wide variety of high-quality music through a collaborative rehearsal process. The ensemble provides an enriching and enjoyable environment for singers to enhance their vocal technique and develop strong musicianship skills. Together we strive to touch hearts and inspire others through our music-making.

To join Women’s Chorus, simply register for the class. We ask all students who will sing in Women’s Chorus to sign up for a low-pressure choral placement hearing.

CHAMBER CHOIR

  • Director: Marvin Latimer
  • Course Number: MUA 169-022/269-022/369-022/469-022/569-022 (can be repeated for credit each semester)
  • Variable Credits: 0 or 1
  • Meets: MW 3-3:50
  • Room: 167 Moody Music Building

Chamber Choir is open to all UA students, regardless of major. This ensemble is primarily conducted by advanced University of Alabama choral music students. Chamber Choir will provide singers the opportunity to experience a broad spectrum of choral ensemble music, most of which will be suitable for programming in a traditional public school choral music setting. While experiencing breadth of repertoire will be a key philosophical component of this ensemble, high quality choral performance will drive the methodology. In that regard, student directors, through collaboration with the instructor, will prepare and conduct choral selections in a performance every semester.

To join Chamber Choir, simply register for the class. No audition or hearing is required.