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 performances 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.

After a joyous return to singing together last fall, University Chorus will carry on in spring 2022, presenting two concerts.

In February they will sing again Randall Thompson’s Frostiana (a suite of seven settings of poems by Robert Frost), this time with its original piano accompaniment in a soiree setting. English professors Sarah Gates and Sookyoung Lee will read the poems and slides of New England rustic scenes will be projected above the singers.

A program commemorating the end of WWII, originally planned for April 2020, will be presented this April. It will feature Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Song of Thanksgiving, commissioned by the BBC for broadcast on VE Day, 1945. Several popular songs of the era, such as "The White Cliffs of Dover," "As Time Goes By," and "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" will be sung.

Rehearsals (starting Tuesday, January 25)

  • Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm, in Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall

Performance Dates

  • An Afternoon with Robert Frost and Randall Thompson: Sunday, February 20, at 2pm in Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall
  • A Commemoration of the End of World War II: Saturday, April 9, at 8pm in Gunnison Memorial Chapel

Auditions

  • Tuesday, January 25, at 6:30pm in Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall

To audition, please come to our first open rehearsal.

In your audition you will 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.

You may also schedule an audition by contacting director Barry Torres by Monday, January 31.