Choirs

Beverly Taylor, Director of Choral Activities, Professor of Choral Conducting
Bruce Gladstone, Senior Lecturer in Choral Conducting

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The choral program at the UW–Madison provides opportunities for students of all levels of ability to study and perform outstanding choral music from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries and from a variety of cultures. Our program boasts seven ensembles that differ by size, skill level (from no experience to advanced), and repertoire. The ensembles are comprised of undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines, not just music majors.

The choirs build individual music skills such as sight-singing, tuning, ear training, and rhythm while developing the abilities to work together as a high-level ensemble.

The program holds auditions at the beginning of each semester, and offers performance opportunities for both the experienced singer and the novice. Groups range in size from 30 to 150 members. You do not need to be a music major to participate. We encourage students to audition and have an exciting, challenging, inspirational, and enjoyable time. Please note: University Chorus does not require an audition.

Click here for audition information.

Contact:
performingorgs@music.wisc.edu
(608) 263-1896

  • Choral Union

    Performing Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, May 3–5, 2019 (ticketed)

    Prof. Beverly Taylor, conductor

    Rehearsal Schedule: Monday 7:30–9:30 PM, 2340
    Location: Mills Concert Hall, Humanities Bldg.
    Spring semester rehearsals begin Monday, January 28, 2019.
    Rehearsals with the Madison Symphony Orchestra will take place closer to the concert weekend and times will be announced later in the semester during a normal rehearsal. One evening dress rehearsal will also be required.
    Spring concerts are May 3, 4, and 5, 2019 (ticketed).
    Course Number: Undergraduate 660-53; Graduate 660-559. 1 credit.
    Prerequisite: Placement audition.
    Description: This 150-voice organization has open auditions for singers both in and outside the university community. Music for Spring Semester 2019 is free and will be distributed at the first rehearsal.

  • Chorale

    Dr. Bruce Gladstone, conductor

    Rehearsal Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 12:00–1:00 PM
    Location: 1351 Humanities Bldg.
    Spring semester rehearsals begin Wednesday, January 23, 2019.
    Spring concert is Friday, April 12, 2019.
    Course Number: Undergraduate 660-56; Graduate 660-577. 1 credit.
    Prerequisites: UW–Madison student. Placement audition.
    Description: This high-level group of approximately 70 singers performs a varied repertoire. Most singers have significant vocal and choral experience, as well as a moderately high sight reading ability. Many are voice majors.

  • Concert Choir

    Prof. Beverly Taylor, conductor

    Rehearsal Schedule: Monday 3:30–5:00 PM; Tuesday and Thursday 2:30–4:00 PM
    Location: 1351 Humanities Bldg.
    Spring semester rehearsals begin Thursday, January 24, 2019.
    Spring concert is Saturday, April 6, 2019.
    Course Number: Undergraduate 660-50; Graduate 660-578. 1 credit.
    Prerequisites: UW–Madison student. Placement audition.
    Description: This advanced-level flagship group with 50 members sings a variety of primarily a cappella choral literature from all eras. Singers in Concert Choir have significant vocal and choral experience, as well as a high sight reading ability. Many are voice majors. They record CDs, occasionally give premieres of new works, and tour.

  • Madrigal Singers

    Dr. Bruce Gladstone, conductor

    Rehearsal Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday 6:30–8:30 PM
    Location: 1351 Humanities Bldg.
    Spring semester rehearsals begin Thursday, January 24, 2019.
    Spring concert is Sunday, April 28, 2019.
    Course Number: Undergraduate 660-58; Graduate 660-558. 1 credit.
    Prerequisites: UW–Madison student. Placement audition.
    Description: This advanced-level group of 34 members sings repertoire for small chamber choruses from the Renaissance to the present. Madrigal Singers has very limited openings each semester and demands a high level of sight reading and independence.

  • Masters Singers

    Rehearsal Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 11:00–11:50 AM
    Location: 1351 Humanities Bldg.
    Spring semester rehearsals begin Wednesday, January 23, 2019.
    Spring concert is Saturday, April 13, 2019.
    Course Number: 660-55. 1 credit.
    Prerequisites: UW–Madison student. Placement audition.
    Description: With approximately 30 singers, this medium-level ensemble is trained and conducted by graduate students. Repertoire covers all historical eras and can be a cappella or accompanied. Most members have some choral experience and vocal training, along with the ability to read music.

  • University Chorus

    Rehearsal Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 2:25–3:15 PM
    Location: 1351 Humanities Bldg.
    Spring semester rehearsals begin Wednesday, January 23, 2019.
    Spring concert is Saturday, April 13, 2019.
    Course Number: 660-59.
    Prerequisites: UW–Madison student. No audition required.
    Description: A non-auditioned chorus of approximately 50 singers, University Chorus focuses on choral and vocal technique and sight-reading skills while performing musical styles of different periods. University Chorus has members with no musical training, instrumentalists with no vocal background, experienced choral singers, and more. Everyone is welcome, simply register if you’re interested.

  • Women’s Chorus

    Rehearsal Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1:20–2:10 PM
    Location: 1351 Humanities Bldg.
    Spring semester rehearsals begin Wednesday, January 23, 2019.
    Spring concert is Saturday, April 13, 2019.
    Course Number: 660-52.
    Prerequisites: UW–Madison student. Placement audition.
    Description: This choir is a medium-level chamber group of approximately 30 women who study and perform a wealth of literature for female voices. Most members have some choral experience and vocal training, along with the ability to read music.

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