University Chorus

As Canton's community chorus, University Chorus brings together the vocal talents of students, faculty and staff, and community members. They perform a varied repertoire in theme-oriented concerts, often with instrumental accompaniment, in the best tradition of American community choral-singing. Last fall we presented Benjamin Britten’s Saint Nicolas cantata, with strings, piano duo, and the Canton High School’s Women’s Ensemble. In the spring we celebrated the 1960’s in a concert entitled Peace and Love, which featured the music of Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Simon and Garfunkel, Carole King and others.

This fall we present one of the cornerstones of the choral-orchestral repertoire, Mozart’s Requiem, in an all-department production with the Laurentian Singers, the String Orchestra, and players from the Wind Ensemble. Unfinished at his death, it was completed by two of his students and performed in this form for over two centuries. Recent research has uncovered new sources and sketches by Mozart, and musicologist Robert Levin has assembled a new edition based on this new information. We will sing this version.

University Chorus also sings at the Annual Candlelight Services.

Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 6:45-9:15 pm in Griffiths 15, starting August 30.

Performance Dates:

  • Fall Concert: Mozart Requiem - Friday, November 11, at 8 pm at George Hall Auditorium, Ogdensburg, and Saturday, November 12, at 8 pm in Gunnison Memorial Chapel
  • 95th Annual Candlelight Services, Wednesday, December 7, at 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm in Gunnison Memorial Chapel

Auditions: Sunday, August 28, and Monday, August 29, 6:30–9:30 pm in Griffiths 15, and by appointment until Friday, September 2.

Audition requirements: Vocalize throughout your range, music-reading skills check. Reading is not a requirement – just need to see where your skills are.

For more information, contact Barry Torres, director.