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 spring we celebrated singing in a concert that featured contemporary American composer Kirke Mechem’s spirited setting of a text by Elizabethan composer William Byrd entitled Singing is So Good a Thing: An Elizabethan Recreation accompanied by a chamber orchestra. In the fall we celebrated the patron saint of music and musicians, St. Cecilia, whose name day falls on November 22, with a performance of Handel’s great Alexander’s Feast, or The Power of Music – An Ode Wrote in Honour of St. Cecilia, for chorus, soloists and orchestra.
This semester University Chorus gets jazzy in a program entitled The Great American Songbook: Jazz Standards. We’ll sing classics by Gershwin, Kern, Rodgers, Porter, Waller and more, and feature accompanist Sam Whitesell.
This fall we celebrated the patron saint of music and musicians, St. Cecilia, whose name day fell on November 22, with a performance of Handel’s great Alexander’s Feast, or The Power of Music – An Ode Wrote in Honour of St. Cecilia, for chorus, soloists and orchestra.
University Chorus also sings at the Annual Candlelight Service.
Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 6:45-9:15 pm in Griffiths 15, starting January 20.
Performance Date: Spring Concert: The Great American Songbook: Jazz Standards on Sunday, April 19 at 2:00 pm in Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall.
Auditions: by appointment until Tuesday, January 27.
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.