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 UC paid tribute to our veterans of the Armed Forces in a concert on Veterans Day, singing the national anthem and the various service anthems, along with works on war and peace by Vaughan Williams, Daley, Ives, Hindemith and a Civil War triptych. Last spring’s program entitled Romantic Nature explored the theme of nature as metaphor for life, love and the sacred in music of the Romantic Era – Dvořak, Elgar, Brahms, Mendelssohn – and the 20th century – Britten, Berger, Mulholland.
This fall we return to the most communal form of vocal expression – hymns. We’ll sing several beloved hymns and chorales (such as A Mighty Fortress, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, The Navy Hymn, etc.) in their original a cappella form along with arrangements (several by Alice Parker, Robert Shaw’s trusted collaborator) and extended works based on hymns such as the chorale cantata Nun Danket Alle Gott (Now thank we all our God) by Bach’s predecessor Johann Schelle featuring trumpets and violins. Some shape-note singing (also known as Sacred Harp) will be in this eclectic mix.
University Chorus also sings at the Annual Candlelight Service.
Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 6:45-9:15 pm in Griffiths 15, starting September 3.
Performance Dates: Fall Concert: A Hymn Sing, Sunday, November 10 at 2:00 pm in Gunnison Memorial Chapel. 92nd Annual Candlelight Services, Wednesday, December 11 at 7:00 and 9:00 pm in Gunnison Memorial Chapel.
Auditions: Wednesday, August 28 and Thursday, August 29, 6:30 – 9:30 pm in Griffiths 15, and by appointment until Friday, September 6.
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.