Department of Music
Phone: (509) 963-1216
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Dr. Weidenaar conducting chamber choir.Choral Music Opportunities

Choral Area Information Fall 2020

Welcome to the CWU Choral area! The Choral team (Dr. W, Prof. Singh, and Dr. P) look forward to working with you, even if right now we can’t do our usual face-to-face rehearsing and making great choral music together.


Due to COVID-19, all four Choral ensembles will be using an online format. We realize this format is not ideal for choirs and literally goes against nearly everything we traditionally do in the choral idiom, but at this time the risks of large group ensemble singing are just too dangerous to validate meeting in person.


The CWU Choral Team is working hard to offer meaningful content and effective assignments. Our goal is to deliver material which will positively influence you, allow musical growth, and help expand your knowledge of choral music, musicianship, and ear-training. Note – all four choirs will include some kind of singing component. Should COVID-19 conditions and resources permit later in the quarter, some limited in-person rehearsing may occur.


These are unprecedented times. Please keep in mind that all things related to education are fluid and quickly evolving. This decision was reached after reviewing findings from multiple health organizations based on consistent scientific data. We also continue to look at current guidelines from the CDC, state of Washington, Kittitas County, and CWU to maximize a safe learning environment for all of the enrolled Choral students.


If you are new to CWU choirs, WELCOME! If you are returning to CWU choirs, WELCOME BACK! We look forward to working with you and hope to make great music in-person as soon as possible!­


Your Choral Team - Dr. Weidenaar, Prof. Singh, and Dr. Peterson

Choral music thrives at CWU, with four traditional Choral Ensembles, Opera and two Vocal Jazz Ensembles offered. These ensembles comprise a mixture of voicing options, 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 throughout 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 as our largest choir, an 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 on our Chamber Choir Auditions  and Choral Auditions FAQ pages.

CWU's Reputation

The CWU choirs are known across the country in both the traditional and jazz idioms.  CWU's Chamber Choir enjoys a well established presence at multiple state and regional invitation only conferences. Its YouTube presence has garnered worldwide attention, including a 2015 invitation to compete in Tolosa, Spain at the Tolosa International Choir Festival!

The Vocal Jazz I ensemble is by all accounts one of the premiere ensembles of its kind in the nation. VJ1 has sung at multiple state, regional and national conferences including the 2015 National ACDA Conference in Salt Lake City and the 2018 NWACDA conference in Portland, Oregon.

For more info, call: 509-963-1616