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: 75 Years Later: A Musical Celebration of the End of World War II; Frostiana (Randall Thompson’s tribute to Robert Frost); ­Great Women of Song: Carole King, Dolly Parton, Joni Mitchell; and Lux Aeterna: Morten Lauridsen.

In his last year at SLU, director Barry Torres returns to the first work he conducted with the University Chorus in Fall 1998, Gabriel Fauré’s beloved Requiem. Fauré’s original scoring for chamber orchestra, using only violas, cellos and basses from the SLU String Orchestra, with organ and solo winds, will be used. Hymns in a cappella four-part harmony and spirituals will also be sung.

University Chorus also sings at the annual Candlelight Services. An arrangement of the carol “Masters in This Hall” written for the University Chorus by music professor emeritus Norman Hessert will be featured.

Rehearsals (starting Tuesday, August 30)

  • Tuesdays, 7-9:15pm, in Griffiths Arts Center 15

Performance Dates

  • Gabriel Fauré, Requiem: Friday, November 11, at 7pm at Pickens Hall, Heuvelton, New York; Saturday, November 12, at 8pm in Gunnison Memorial Chapel
  • 101st Annual Candlelight Services: Wednesday, December 7, at 7pm and 9pm in Gunnison Memorial Chapel


  • by appointment through Friday, September 2

Contact director Barry Torres to schedule an audition.

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.