CWU’s Men's Choir was reestablished by Dr. Weidenaar in 2006, and is open to any man who likes to sing, with no audition necessary.
The group reflects the CWU Choirs’ stated philosophy that at Central there is a choir for anyone who likes to sing. Further, the Men’s Choir prides itself on maintaining a supportive, welcoming atmosphere to everyone from guys who have never sung to those guys majoring in voice performance. Its ranks typically include about half each of music and non-music majors.
22 men signed up for the class in the fall of 2006. In the spring of 2011, nearly 50 men sang with the group. Rehearsals are twice-weekly on Tuesday and Thursday evenings,
Repertoire ranges from traditional sea shanties and drinking songs to Renaissance music and includes a healthy dose of multicultural music as well. On a recent concert, the men opened with a Canadian composers’ 20th century rendition of a mass – continued with a beautiful arrangement of When I Fall In Love, complete with guest horn player, Dr. Jeff Snedeker – and closed with an Islamic chant called Zikr, complete with guitar and hand drum. This variety of repertoire is designed to introduce the men to the incredible wealth of men’s voice music, with the added goal of entertaining the audience.
The guys enjoy the special camaraderie which comes from singing music which utilizes the many facets of the male voice. As with all CWU choirs, an emphasis is put on building musicianship, learning about the voice, and furthering one’s individual skills.
Dr. Gary A. Weidenaar, director
MUS 228 (fr/soph) or 428 (jun/sen/other)
Rehearses: Tu Th – 7:00-8:20 p.m.
Entrance Requirement: Open to any male who likes to sing