The University Singers is the flagship choral ensemble of the University of Minnesota. This auditioned ensemble, conducted jointly by Professors Kathy Romey and Matthew Mehaffey, both performs as a large choir and divides into smaller chamber ensembles. Singers explore a variety of classical and global repertoire for mixed chorus from the Renaissance through the 21st century. Concerts, both on and off campus, include convention presentations, touring, and collaborations with ensembles including the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, other college and community choruses, and School of Music ensembles. For more information about University Singers, email Kathy Saltzman Romey or Matthew Mehaffey. Learn about scheduling an audition.
The University Women’s Chorus is an auditioned ensemble, which presents choral programs of classical, folk, popular, and global repertoire for female and mixed voices. Concerts occur both on and off campus and include performances at Ted Mann Concert Hall and at area festivals. The choir also collaborates with the Men’s Chorus, community organizations, other collegiate women’s choruses, and various University ensembles. For more information about Women's Chorus, email Kathy Saltzman Romey. Learn about about scheduling an audition.
The Men’s Chorus is a non-auditioned ensemble, which services the University and Twin Cities community through performances of glee club, folk, popular, and classical repertoire. Concerts include appearances at University of Minnesota and professional Twin Cities' athletic events, Ted Mann Concert Hall, and Minnesota festivals. The choir collaborates with the Women’s Chorus, community organizations, other collegiate men’s choruses, and University ensembles. For more information about Men's Chorus, email Matthew Mehaffey. If you are interested in singing with the Men's Chorus, sign up for MUS 3200, section 004.
Gospel Choir is a non-auditioned choral ensemble open to all members of the University community, including students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Throughout the semester, students will perform in choral department concerts, observe and critique musical performances, and demonstrate improved musicianship. The music performed will cover a wide range of musical styles and will help students develop improved vocal skills. Students explore history of gospel music through experiential/participatory songs, field songs, songs of struggle, Southern, traditional, and contemporary songs. Although no audition is required, all students will be heard privately by the instructor during the first week of class for voice placement in the choir. Additionally, a survey will be taken at the beginning of the semester to assess students' prior musical experiences.
Campus Singers Maroon, Gold, or Mosaic are non-auditioned ensembles open to all members of the University community, including students from all majors, faculty, staff, and alumni. The ensembles explore music of diverse cultures, styles, and periods, and they collaborate in programs with guest artists, the Men’s and Women’s Choruses, and various University ensembles. For more information about Campus Singers, please email the designated instructor. If you are interested in joining a Campus Singers ensemble, sign up for MUS 3200, section 001, 002 or 003.
A Capella Groups
There are many a cappella groups on campus. While they are not affiliated with the School of Music, we are happy to refer you to their websites and encourage you to contact the groups to inquire about membership and auditions.
Learn more about opportunities in the Vocal Arts at the University of Minnesota.