Choral Auditions

Thank you for your interest in the University of Minnesota Choirs. We have five different choral ensembles that serve a range of experience and ability and provide a place for all singers interested in singing in a choir. If you have any questions, please email us at this address.

There are two different types of choral ensembles at the University of Minnesota: Auditioned Ensembles and Non-Auditioned Campus Singers Ensembles. All of our ensembles are open to all students, regardless of major or college affiliation. 

Auditioned Ensembles

Experienced singers with a significant background in choral singing looking for a rigorous and exciting musical experience will find our auditioned ensembles most rewarding. Auditioned ensembles usually perform in 3 to 4 concerts each semester and may also be called to perform for special concerts and conducting recitals. These ensembles include:

  • MUS 3230, section 001 - University Women's Chorus, meets MW 3:35 – 5:05 pm
  • MUS 5240, section 001 - University Singers, meets MWF 12:45 – 2:15 pm

All students interested in joining University Singers must audition. Students interested in joining University Women’s Chorus for the first time must audition; returning University Women’s Chorus students need not audition.

Fall 2024 Choral Audition Schedule

Fall 2024 choral auditions will take place in person the first week of classes, September 3-6. See audition times below.

Date Time Room
Tuesday, September 3 1:30-4:30pm 90
Wednesday, September 4 12:00-5:00pm 90
Thursday, September 5 1:30-4:30pm 90

To register for an audition, fill out the Ensemble Audition Registration Form. Course registration will occur upon completion of a successful audition. Auditioned ensembles begin fall rehearsals the week of September 9, 2024.

2024-25 Choral Audition Requirements

To audition for University Singers or University Women's Chorus:

  • Prepare a 2-3 minute accompanied solo of your choice. The selection can be in any language and drawn from the following:
    • folk, popular, art, or original songs
    • hymns or patriotic songs
    • excerpt from opera / oratorio solo arias or musical theater solo songs
  • Bring your music to your audition; a piano accompanist will be provided.
  • Prepare Exercise 3 from the UMN Audition Vocalises Sheet
    • You will also be asked to vocalize and sing tonal memory exercises.

Non-Auditioned Ensembles

Any student can register for any of the Campus Singers sections or Gospel Choir without audition.  Register early, as these ensembles often fill up. Ensembles include:

  • MUS 3200, section 001 - Campus Singers Gold (Mixed Ensemble) meets Tuesday/Thursday from 12:15 – 1:15 pm
  • MUS 3200, section 002 - Campus Singers Maroon (Mixed Ensemble), meets Mondays from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • MUS 3380, section 001 - Gospel Choir (Mixed Ensemble), meets Tuesdays from 6:00 – 8:00 pm