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Choral Music at CWU

Choral music thrives at CWU, with four traditional choirs and two jazz-vocal ensembles offered quarterly.

Dr. Gary Weidenaar conducting

The groups comprise a mixture of voicings, repertoire specialties, and ability levels. Our motto is if you like to sing, there's a CWU Choir for you!

Each choral ensemble has its own identity and takes special pride in what it does. The groups, usually totaling over 200 singers, provide a wide variety of quality choral repertoire, singing to thousands of audience members annually.

Everything from classical to comedy, madrigals to multi-cultural music, and repertoire which includes holiday music to vocal jazz is presented in multiple concerts during the year

Non-auditioned groups include the popular Wildcat Chorus (tenor/bass Choir), Vox Divina (soprano/alto choir) designed for those sopranos and altos with some choral experience and reading ability, as well a large SATB group, the University Chorale.  The one auditioned choir is Central’s premier traditional choral ensemble, the Chamber Choir. A rigorous audition is required for entrance - information can be found here!

Female singer performing with other students singing in background


Vocal Jazz

Students are not only allowed, but encouraged to be in one of the two vocal jazz ensembles at CWU.

Vocal Jazz II is directed by a graduate student or professor Singh. Vocal Jazz I, Central’s award-winning premier vocal jazz ensemble, is directed by faculty member Professor Vijay Singh.  

CWU's Reputation

The CWU choirs are known across the country in both the traditional and jazz idioms.  The CWU Chamber Choir has sung at multiple state and regional conferences in the recent past, and its presence on YouTube has garnered attention worldwide, including an invitation in 2015 to compete at the Tolosa International Choir Festival in Tolosa, Spain.  
The Vocal Jazz One ensemble is by all accounts one of the premiere groups of its kind in the country.  VJ1 has sung at multiple state, regional and national conferences - most recently at the 2015 national ACDA conference in Salt Lake City and the 2018 NWACDA conference in Portland, Oregon.
Like Singing? At CWU, there’s a choir for you!

The rest of the story is told by exploring the various choral pages, which include information on each ensemble as well as events, repertoire, history, personnel, auditions, and even audio clips (for all department ensembles, at the Recordings page)

For more info, call: 509-963-1616


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