UConn Choirs

About

UCONN CHOIRS welcome all singers to be a part of the exciting choral singing and learning happening at the University of Connecticut. We are dedicated to creating music at the highest level, exploring music in a thoughtful way of all backgrounds and cultures, and empowering you to become a dynamic and creative musician through an active rehearsal process (in-person when possible) and exciting performances (virtual and in-person when possible). 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. This semester we will be meeting as choirs online due to COVID concerns but as soon as possible we will be back making music together in person. Until then, we will learn new music, learn about choral music, prepare “virtual” choral performances and enjoy each other’s company in a supportive and dynamic way.

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 using Zoom at the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester in August and you can sign up for a hearing below. Please contact Dr. Spillane in the UConn Choral office at UConnChoirs@uconn.edu if you have any questions. 

For more information about UConn Choirs please see the information below.

For Information about Choral Placement hears and contact information- click here!

To schedule a Choral Placement Hearing – Click here!

Ensembles- (All UConn Choirs will meet online for the Fall 2020 Semster)

UConn Concert Choir  MUSI 1111 | Monday, Wednesday, & Friday – 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Concert Choir is the premier large choral ensemble for undergraduate and graduate music majors and non-majors. The approximately 100 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. Choral Placement Hearings are scheduled at the beginning of each semester.

Note: Non-music majors, please register for MUSI 1111 section 010. Music majors, please register for sections 001-004 as directed from Choral Placement Hearings.

UConn Chamber Singers – MUSI 1111 section 3 | Tuesday & Thursday – 12:30 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.

The UConn Chamber Singers is a highly select choir comprised of 24 advanced vocal students. 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 and collaborating with professional and collegiate ensembles throughout the world. 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

UConn Collegium Musicum – MUSI 1111 section 4 | Tuesday & Thursday – 12:30 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.

The University of Connecticut Collegium Musicum consists of approximately 24 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 two concerts each semester. The ensemble often performs off-campus and presents clinics and outreach concerts with local schools.

During J.S. Bach’s lifetime (1685–1750), a collegium musicum was a group of amateur musicians, primarily university students, who met to rehearse and perform for pleasure. The term is commonly used today to refer to ensembles of instrumentalists and singers that perform early music.

UConntabile (Treble Voices) – MUSI 1111 section 5 | Tuesday & Thursday – 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

UConntabile, a chamber choir of approximately 30-35 soprano and alto voices, is known for its innovative and versatile programming of music representing varied cultures and styles from the past through the present. UConntabile provides a strong foundation in skill development and musical understandings with the goal of creating choral artistry in performances that often are related to global issues of social justice. The ensemble is open to undergraduate and graduate sopranos and altos from all majors. Interested students must sing a Choral Placement Hearing so that voice type and quality can be determined.

UConn Glee Club (Bass & Tenor Voices) –  MUSI 1111 section 6 | Tuesday  7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The UConn Glee Club is one of the newest performing organizations on campus.  Following in the tradition of  low-voice chorus singing throughout the nation, UConn Glee Club provides service to the university and the state through the singing of the low voice repertoire.  Although singing a Choral Placement Hearing is encouraged, membership in Glee Club is open to any bass or tenor singer enrolled at the university and students from all aspects of campus life are welcome.  UConn Glee Club will celebrate excellence and UConn Husky Pride in all we do.

UConn Festival Chorus – MUSI 1111 section 9 | Monday – 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

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 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, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living. 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 director Dr. Jun Lee at Jun.2.Lee@uconn.edu for further information.

Voices of Freedom – MUSI 1114 | Wednesday – 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Voices of Freedom is a unique ensemble of approximately 80 or more students which provides personal elevation and enlightenment of the gospel and spiritual music of the Black Experience Church. Membership is open to all students of the University and admission is determined by consultation with the instructor, Rev. Lisa Clayton.

Jamie Spillane, DMA

Jamie Spillan

Director of Choral Studies
jamie.spillane@uconn.edu
(860) 486-2562