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. This past fall University Chorus joined forces with the Laurentian Singers, the String Orchestra and members of the Wind Ensemble in rousing performances of the Mozart Requiem in Ogdensburg and Gunnison Memorial Chapel. Spring found UC celebrating the music of Simon and Garfunkel with selections from all 5 of their albums including The Sound of Silence, I Am a Rock, Homeward Bound, Scarborough Fair/Canticle, The 59th Street Bridge Song, At the Zoo, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, The Boxer, Cecilia and more.

This fall University Chorus will celebrate Christmas with a program called Angels and Shepherds. Music will include such holiday favorites as William Billings' “Shiloh” (Methinks I see an heav’nly host), various settings of “While shepherds watched their flocks by night” and "Quem pastores laudavere” (He whom the shepherds praised) and "Angels we have heard on high.” The featured work will be a cantata by 20th century Italian composer Ottorino Respighi (of “The Pines of Rome” fame) entitled "Lauda per la Nativitá del Signore” (Laud to the Nativity of the Lord) for soprano, mezzo-soprano and tenor soloists with choir accompanied by a small wind ensemble with piano 4-hands.

Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 6:45-9:15 pm in Griffiths 15, starting September 5.

Performance Dates:

  • Saturday, December 2 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, December 3 at 2:00 pm, both performances held in Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall.
  • 96th Annual Candlelight Services on Wednesday, December 13 at 7:00 and 9:00 pm in Gunnison Memorial Chapel

Auditions: Sunday and Monday, September 3 and 4, 6:30-9:00 pm in Griffiths 15 or by appointment until Tuesday, September 12.

  • 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.