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.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions University Chorus did not meet last year. Following a nine-week run as the SLU Summer Chorus, which met outdoors at Bend in the River Park, University Chorus members are excited to reconvene this fall. Repertoire this fall will be music by great early 20th century composers—Randall Thompson, Aaron Copland and Charles Ives. Thompson’s Frostiana, a suite of seven settings of poems by Robert Frost, will be featured. The SLU String Orchestra will provide the accompaniment.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the annual Candlelight Services. The University Chorus will take part in a world premiere of a new work commissioned to commemorate this momentous occasion.

Rehearsals (starting Tuesday, August 31)

  • Tuesdays, 6:45-9:15 pm, in Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall

Performance Dates

  • Frostiana and Other Americana: Saturday, November 13, at 8pm in Gunnison Memorial Chapel; Sunday, November 14, TBA.
  • 100th Annual Candlelight Service: Wednesday, December 8, at 7pm and 9pm in Gunnison Memorial Chapel


  • Sunday, August 29, 7-9pm, and Monday, August 30, 7-9pm, in Griffiths 15;
  • or by appointment until Friday, September 3

You may arrive anytime within the hours noted. 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.

Contact director Barry Torres with any questions or to schedule an audition.