UW-Madison Choral Ensembles
UW-Madison has a long and distinguished tradition of choral music. Our choral department is led by outstanding faculty:
It is our mission to offer everyone an inspiring musical experience in a variety of ways. Our choirs provide the opportunity to prepare diverse literature, enhancing individuals’ ability in singing, listening, and the application of related music skills. All UW-Madison choirs focus on our ability to make great music together, establish meaningful relationships, build community, and advance our treatment of other human beings. Join us! You’ll be glad you did!
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
We invite you to become part of the great choral tradition at UW-Madison. Our choral program provides opportunities for students of all levels of ability to study and perform outstanding choral music from all historical periods and a variety of cultures. Our program boasts several ensembles that differ by size, skill level, and repertoire. The choirs are comprised of undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines across campus, and from community members.
If you are passionate about singing, UW-Madison has a choir for you. Ensembles are open by audition to all students at the University, regardless of major. Choral Union is also open to community members. Whether you are an accomplished singer or someone seeking to develop and refine your vocal abilities, you will find a place in one of our choirs. UW-Madison choirs perform various concerts throughout the school year, and then combine with the Symphony Orchestra for performance of major choral orchestral works at the beautiful Hamel Music Center in downtown Madison.
The program holds auditions at the beginning of each semester. We encourage everyone to audition and have an exciting, challenging, and inspirational experience. For more information about our choirs, contact our Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Mariana Farah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall 2021 Update:
At this time, we anticipate a return to pre-pandemic choir activity (singing together in person) for Fall 2021.
UW-Madison’s graduate choral conducting program is one of America’s most comprehensive programs. Led by Dr. Mariana Farah, director of choral activities, and Dr. Bruce Gladstone, associate director of choral activities, the program combines intense academic and practical studies with extensive podium time. Our choral conducting students are afforded daily experience in training choirs with one of the university choirs. Select graduate students are given the responsibility to teach their own ensemble as part of their Graduate Assistantship. These GTAs are carefully mentored so that there is immediate feedback with regards to their progress. Our program of studies is crafted to help prepare the UW Madison graduates to become leaders in the musical world.
The Graduate Choral Conducting program at UW-Madison gives preference to applicants with teaching experience, keyboard skills, excellent communication skills, and a deep desire to learn and excel in the field of conducting.
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See how UW-Madison choral conducting alumni are using creative ways to advance choral music during this challenging time for choral communities around the world.
1) Mike Pfitzer (graduated in 2011 MM in choral conducting)- Director of Choral Studies at SUNY Albany- Leading Drive-In Rehearsals in the time of Covid-19: A Choir Finds a Way to Sing (New York Times)
2) Kimberly Dunn Adams (DMA in choral conducting, graduated in 2011)- Director of Choral Activities at Western Michigan University- sought new ways to approach choral music at WMU this fall: “We’re talking about how we can use choral music to amplify the good work that other organizations do for our community. We’re researching non-profit/charitable organizations and finding connections with our repertoire, where they exist.”