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UConn Choirs

UCONN CHOIRS welcome all singers to be a part of choral singing at the University of Connecticut. We are dedicated to creating music at the highest level and empowering you to become a dynamic and creative musician through an active rehearsal process and exciting performances. There are choirs for all singers, from those who are aspiring music professionals to those of you who just love to sing and would like to start here at UCONN.

Current singers come from all majors and disciplines across campus, undergraduate and graduate. We have a thriving group of music majors who are the core of Concert Choir but our choirs are filled with engineers, chemists, Pre-Med students, varsity athletes, English majors, and more. If you like to sing, we encourage you to be a part of the joy in musical excellence with UCONN choirs. “No-stress Placement Hearings” will be held August 27-30 for the Fall Semester and you can register for a time by using this link:  https://beta.doodle.com/poll/wunuudb2anbkrapr#table.  Please contact Dr. Spillane in the UConn Choral office at UConnChoirs@uconn.edu if you have any questions.

UCONN CONCERT CHOIR MUSI 1111 | Monday & Wednesday 2:30-4:30pm

Concert Choir is the premier large choral ensemble for undergraduate and graduate music majors and advanced university students from all majors. This outstanding choir is directed by Dr. Jamie Spillane. The 60-75 member vocal ensemble performs music of all styles and periods on and off campus and regularly performs major works with the UCONN Symphony Orchestra. Selection for this choir is by audition and Choral Placement Hearings are scheduled at the beginning of each semester.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0pKiClZ07k |  Ave Maria – Douglas Helvering

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJVTGVKd_2E  |  A Child’s Requiem  –  Stephen Sametz

Non Music majors please register for MUSI 1111 sec 10. | Music majors – please register for MUSI 1111 sections 1-4 as directed from Choral Placement Hearings.

UCONN CHAMBER SINGERS – MUSI 1111 sec 3 | Tuesday & Thursday – 1:00pm – 1:50pm

The UCONN Chamber Singers is a choir comprised of 16-20 of the most advanced vocal students performing under the direction of Dr. Jamie Spillane. Chamber Singers performs primarily a cappella vocal music of all periods from renaissance classics to modern vocal jazz arrangements. This ensemble presents concerts and workshops on and off campus, often traveling to Connecticut’s high schools to collaborate and share their passion for choral singing. Singers are drawn primarily from UConn Concert Choir but membership is open by audition to those singers of outstanding talent who are dedicated to performing the best in choral music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YaWJ5bd8nU  | Lay A Garland – Robert Pearsall

UCONN WOMEN’S CHOIR – MUSI 1111 sec 5 | Tuesday & Thursday – 1:00pm – 1:50pm

Women’s Choir consists of approximately 35 singers and is open to all students and specializes in powerful music written for women’s voices. Repertoire includes music from renaissance to the 21st century and includes powerful folk and world music. This ensemble is open to all singers but students are encouraged to sing a Choral Placement Hearing so that voice type and quality can be determined. This ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Mary Ellen Junda.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_r1DK6YwN8 | Kenya Melodies – Robert I. Hugh

UCONN Men’s Glee Club – men’s chorus – MUSI 1111 sec 6 | Tuesday  7:00pm – 9:00pm  room ML 103

The UCONN Men’s Glee Club is one of the newest performing organizations on campus.  Following in the tradition of strong male chorus singing throughout the nation, UCONN Men’s Glee Club provides service to the university and the state through the singing of the male chorus repertoire.  Although singing a Choral Placement Hearing is encouraged, membership in Glee Club is open to any male singer enrolled at the university and students from all aspects of campus life are welcome.  UConn Men’s Glee Club is under the direction of Mr. Trevor Fanning and will celebrate excellence and UCONN Husky Pride in all we do.   

EARTHTONES – FINA 1001 | Tuesday 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Earthtones, UConn’s exciting world music vocal ensemble, is open to all university students and community members who are interested in the study and performance of songs from underrepresented cultures. The ensemble meets in the evening once a week in ML 103 Under the direction of Dr. Mary Ellen Junda. 

UCONN Collegium Musicum – MUSI 1111 sec 4 | T & TH – 1:00pm – 1:50pm

The University of Connecticut Collegium Musicum consists of approximately 16 highly select singers and 15 instrumentalists and selection to this ensemble is by audition through the Choral Placement Hearing process. Its purpose is to promote an understanding of the music of the late Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque period with regard to style, performance practices, and cultural milieu, through rehearsal and performance of at least one concert each semester. This ensemble is under the direction of UConn’s Music Department chair and music scholar Dr. Eric Rice and performs on and off campus. The ensemble often presents clinics and outreach concerts with local schools.

UCONN FESTIVAL CHORUS– MUSI 1111 sec 9 | Mondays 7:00-9:00pm

This vocal ensemble is a large mixed choir comprised of UConn faculty, staff, and students as well as members of the Greater Storrs Community. The Festival Chorus is under the direction of Mr. Brian Stevens and rehearses once per week on Monday evenings – 7:00-9:00pm. This ensemble provides singers with the opportunity to be part of an outstanding community organization and to express themselves through the art of joyous choral singing. The Festival Chorus typically collaborates annually with the UCONN Concert Choir and Symphony Orchestra in performances of choral/orchestral masterworks.  Recent performances included: Beethoven’s Symphony #9, The Brahms A German Requiem, and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Haydn’s Creation. Some experience singing in a choir and music sight-reading is recommended but all interested singers are welcome and encouraged to be part of this outstanding choral organization. Festival Chorus may be taken for no credit (with a small membership dues each semester) for anyone who is not a registered UConn student. Please contact UConn Choirs at uconnchoirs@uconn.edu for further information. Interested community members and registered students please show up for the first rehearsal, Monday, January 23, at 6:30pm in room ML 103 in the UConn Music Building.

VOICES OF FREEDOM MUSI 1114 | Wednesday – 6:00pm – 8:30pm in M102

Voices of Freedom is a gospel choir of approximately 80 singers that celebrates music and spirituality through the rich tradition of Gospel music with songs ranging from inspirational spirituals to rousing gospel tunes. Membership is open to all students enrolled at the University and admission is determined by consultation with the instructor, Rev. Lisa Clayton.