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 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. In the spring we got jazzy in a program entitled The Great American Songbook: Jazz Standards, singing classics by Gershwin, Kern, Rodgers, Porter, Waller and more, accompanied by a jazz trio headed by UC accompanist Sam Whitesell and featuring Dan Gagliardi on bass and our own Wind Ensemble director Kyle Tupper on drums.

This fall we celebrate our return to Gunnison Memorial Chapel with a major choral-orchestral work by British composer Benjamin Britten, Saint Nicholas, a cantata honoring the real-life Nicholas, Bishop of Myra in the 4th century. Tenor Steven Brennfleck returns to campus to sing the title role of Nicolas.

University Chorus also sings at the Annual Candlelight Service, this year returning to Gunnison Memorial Chapel.

Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 6:45-9:15 pm in Griffiths 15, starting September 1.

Performance Date: 

  • Saint Nicolas by Benjamin Britten on Sunday, November 15 at 2:00 pm in Gunnison Memorial Chapel
  • 95th Annual Candlelight Services, Wednesday, December 9 at 7:00 and 9:00 pm in Gunnison Memorial Chapel

Auditions: Sunday and Monday, August 30 and 31 from 6:30 – 9:00 pm in Griffiths 15, or by appointment until Monday, September 7. 

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.