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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. Recent concert themes include great movie songs, Respighi’s rarely heard Lauda per la Nativitá del Signor, "Peace and Love: Songs of the '60s," and Mozart’s Requiem.

This semester features a tribute to Alice Parker. Ms. Parker began her long and illustrious career as the arranger for the Robert Shaw Chorale through the 1950s and '60s. Her own compositions include operas, cantatas, and song cycles, as well as numerous choral works written over a six-decade period. And her educational outreach has touched thousands of musicians all over the world. See for more.

The University Chorus will also join the String Orchestra in two songs from the Middle East when the String Orchestra performs with Journey West.

As always, the University Chorus will sing at the annual Candlelight Services in December.

Rehearsals (starting September 3)

  • Tuesdays, 6:45-9:15 pm, in Griffiths 15

Performance Dates

  • An Alice Parker Tribute – Saturday, November 9, at 8pm in Gunnison Memorial Chapel, and Sunday, November 10, at 3pm at the Potsdam Presbyterian Church 
  • String Orchestra and Journey West – Saturday, November 16, at 8pm in Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall
  • Candlelight Services – Wednesday, December 11, at 7pm and 9pm in Gunnison Memorial Chapel


  • Sunday, September 1, and Monday, September 2, 7-9pm, in Griffiths 15, or by appointment until Friday, September 6

You'll be asked to vocalize throughout your range. There is also a quick music-reading skills check. Reading is not a requirement: we just need to see where your skills are.

For more information, or to schedule an audition, contact Barry Torres, director.