Choral Ensembles

Choral singers dressed in concert black on stage.
University of Minnesota Choirs

AUDITIONED ENSEMBLES

  • Auditions take place during the first week of classes in the fall.
  • To schedule an audition fill out this form.
  • When you register, try to leave course meeting times open in your schedule.

University Singers

Directors: Professors Kathy Saltzman Romey and Matthew Mehaffey 

Audition requiredThe University Singers is the flagship choral ensemble of the University of Minnesota. This auditioned ensemble, conducted jointly by Professors Kathy Romey and Matthew Mehaffey, performs both 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.

For more information about University Singers, email Kathy Saltzman Romey at romey001@umn.edu or Matthew Mehaffey at mehaffey@umn.eduCourse Number: MUS 5240-001 (Registration takes place AFTER auditions).

  • University Singers Meeting Times: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 12:45–2:15 pm 

Women's Chorus

Director: Professor Kathy Saltzman Romey

Audition requiredThe University Women’s Chorus presents choral programs of classical, folk, popular, and global repertoire for treble and mixed voices. The choir also collaborates with community organizations, other collegiate women’s choruses, and various University ensembles. For more information about Women's Chorus, email Kathy Saltzman Romey at romey001@umn.eduCourse Number: MUS 3230/5230 (Registration takes place AFTER auditions).

  • Women's Chorus Meeting Times: Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:35–5:05 pm

 

NON-AUDITIONED ENSEMBLES

  • You may register for these choirs without audition

Gospel Choir

Director: Dr. Adrian Davis

Non-auditioned ensemble. Gospel Choir is 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 the 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. Course Number: MUS 3380

  • Gospel Choir Meeting Time: Tuesdays6:00–8:00 pm

Campus Singers

Directors: Christiana Howell, Shekela Wanyama, Benjamin Wegner, and Jingqu Zhu

Non-auditioned ensemble. Campus Singers Maroon, Gold, Mosaic are mixed SATB choirs 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 and various University ensembles.

Interested in joining a Campus Singers Ensemble? Register for MUS 3200, section 001, 002 or 003. Unsure which Campus Singers section to join? We recommend selecting the chorus that works best with your course schedule.

Campus Singers Meeting Times:

  • Campus Singers Gold (MUS 3200-001): Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:15–1:15 pm 
  • Campus Singers Maroon (MUS 3200-002): Mondays, 6:00–8:00 pm
  • Campus Singers Mosaic (MUS 3200-003): Wednesdays, 6:00–8:00 pm

A cappella 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.