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Department of Music
Phone: (509) 963-1216
Fax: (509) 963-1239

Dr. Weidenaar conducting chamber choir.Choral Music Opportunities

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