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) 263-1770

  • Choral Union

    Not offered Fall Semester 2020
    Rehearsal Schedule: Monday 7:30–9:30 PM
    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.

    Choral Union has one large concert per semester. Rehearsals with the UW–Madison Symphony Orchestra take place closer to the concert and times are announced later in the semester. An evening dress rehearsal is required. Concerts are ticketed.

  • Chorale

    Dr. Bruce Gladstone, conductor

    Rehearsal Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 12:00–1:00 PM
    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

    Dr. Bruce Gladstone, conductor

    Rehearsal Schedule: Monday 3:30–5:00 PM; Tuesday and Thursday 2:30–4:00 PM
    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. Experience graduate students may rehearse twice per week.

  • Madrigal Singers

    Dr. Bruce Gladstone, conductor

    Rehearsal Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday 6:30–8:30 PM
    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.

  • University Chorus

    Not offered Fall Semester 2020
    Rehearsal Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 2:25–3:15 PM
    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
    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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