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We invite you to become part of this great tradition!

Whether you are an accomplished choral singer or you want to develop and refine abilities in a friendly environment, you can find a place in one of our choirs – whose members have one thing in common; a love of making music. Each group is described below, along with meeting times, the group’s focus, usual size, meeting times and requirements for being in the group.

Each choir has its own niche. All of them perform a wide variety of quality repertoire of various levels of difficulty. All choirs perform concerts throughout the year, and each choir performs at least once per quarter.

Chamber Choir

Chamber Choir is CWU's premiere choral ensemble. Requiring a rigorous audition for entrance along with a full school year commitment, this group is open to students sophomore and above.

Meets: M, W, Th, F - 2:00-3:15 (an additional one hour weekly sectional is required, usually Tues. 2-2:50 )

Course #: 
MUS 268 (Soph.), MUS 468 (Jr. Sr.) MUS 568 (Graduate)
Dr. Gary Weidenaar - Director

Vox Divina (formely Women's Choir)

Vox Divina (fomerly Women's Choir) is an auditioned ensemble, usually 15-30 voices singing music written for treble voices. It is designed for those treble-voiced singers who read music, with prior singing experience

Meets: M, W, F 12:00-12:50

Course #:
MUS 211 (Fresh., Soph.), MUS 411 (Jr., Sr.) 
Dr. Gary Weidenaar - Director

University Chorale

University Chorale is a non-auditioned mixed choir of over 100 voices which performs a wide variety of outstanding concert and multi-cultural repertoire. It is designed for non-majors who like to sing, music education majors, and experienced singers who want to be exposed to more repertoire.

Meets: M, T, W, F – 11:00-11:50

Course #:
MUS 267 (Fresh., Soph.), MUS 467 (Jr., Sr.) MUS 567 (Grad)
NOTE: University Chorale is listed simply as “Choir” in the online catalog
Prof. Vijay Singh - Director

Wildcat Chorus (formerly Men's Choir)

Wildcat Chorus (formerly Men's Choir) is a non-auditioned group of between 40 and 60 voices open to all who like to sing, It is designed for non-majors who like to sing, music education majors, and experienced singers who want to perform music just for men’s voices. The Wildcat Chorus will rehearse from 12:00 - 12:50 PM on M.W,F.

Meets: M,W,F 12:00 - 12:50

Course#:
MUS 228 (Fresh., Soph.), MUS 428 (Jr., Sr.)
Dr. Scott Peterson - Director

 

Vocal Jazz Groups

CWU offers two vocal jazz ensembles. Each of them is designed for the singer who wants to experience the thrill of close harmony singing in the jazz idiom.

Vocal Jazz I
Vocal Jazz II

Chamber Choir and University Chorale are considered large ensembles (this only matters for music majors). Chamber Choir and Vox Divina (formerly Women's Choir) are auditioned groups, University Chorale and the Wildcat Chorus (formerly Men's Choir) are open to anyone who wishes to sing in a CWU Choir.  Up to six quarters of Wildcat Chorus and Vox Divina can be substituted for large ensemble credits.

For more information about Choral Ensembles, contact Director of Choral Studies, Dr. Gary Weidenaar at 963-1616 or email at Gary.Weidenaar@cwu.edu

 

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