UConn Choirs

About

UCONN CHOIRS welcome all singers to be a part of the exciting choral singing happening 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 at the beginning of the Fall 2019 semester in August and you will be able to sign up for a hearing on our website. Please contact Dr. Spillane in the UConn Choral office at UConnChoirs@uconn.edu if you have any questions. 

 

For more information about UConn Choirs Choral Placement Hearings click here.

To Schedule a Choral Placement Hearing – click here.

Letter to School Choir Directors: 2019-2020 Opportunities for High School Choral Directors

Young Conductors Symposium

Brothers Sing On! Choral Festival

UConn Choirs Choral Festivals

Ensembles

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 75-95 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 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.

Earthtones – FINA 1001/MUSI 1006 | Wednesday – 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Earthtones, UConn’s exciting world music vocal ensemble founded by Dr. Mary Ellen Junda, is open to all university students and community members who are interested in bringing to life the songs of underrepresented people and cultures as a means to gain understanding of people and their connection to communities, culture, spirituality and social justice. Each semester the music, songs and dance of one culture or period is studied in depth under the guidance of a master teacher, with the goal of recreating the music to share with the community in a multi-media performance. Previous programs include the music of Trinidad and Tobago, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Gullah-Geechee of the Sea Islands. This year’s programs will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the African American Cultural Center and the Irish-American Experience. Earthtones requires no auditions and fulfills 1 credit towards the CA1 Arts and Humanities requirement.  The course can be retaken with a change of content to fulfill the CA1 requirement for 3 credits.

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 UConn Choirs at uconnchoirs@uconn.edu for further information. Interested community members and registered students please show up for the first rehearsal, Monday, September 9th, at 6:30pm in room ML 103 in the UConn Music Building.

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

2019-2020 Performances

Fall 2019

 

Brothers Sing On!

Saturday, October 12, 2019
4:00 p.m. Concert
von der Mehden Recital Hall

 

UConn Choirs Family Weekend Concert

Sunday, October 13, 2019
3:00 p.m.
von der Mehden Recital Hall

 

UConn Festival Chorus: All About Mozart

Friday, November 15, 2019
3:00 p.m.

 

Voices of Freedom

Saturday, November 16, 2019
8:00 p.m.
von der Mehden Recital Hall

 

UConn Choirs

Sunday, November 17, 2019
3:00 p.m.
von der Mehden Recital Hall

 

Collegium Musicum: Music from Imperial Courts, 1500-1750

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
8:00 p.m.
von der Mehden Recital Hall

 

Messiah Sing

Friday, December 6, 2019
8:00 p.m.
von der Mehden Recital Hall

 

Spring 2020

 

Collegium Musicum

Friday, February 14, 2020
8:00 p.m.
von der Mehden Recital Hall

 

UConn Choirs Pre-Tour Concert

Sunday, March 8, 2020
3:00 p.m.
von der Mehden Recital Hall

 

UConn Choral Festivals

Friday, April 17, 2020
Saturday, April 18, 2020

 

Collegium Musicum

Friday, April 17, 2020
8:00 p.m.
von der Mehden Recital Hall

 

UConn Festival Chorus

Saturday, April 25, 2020
3:00 p.m.
UCC Tolland

 

Voices of Freedom

Saturday, April 25, 2020
6:00 p.m.
von der Mehden Recital Hall

 

UConn Choirs

Sunday, April 26, 2020
3:00 p.m.
von der Mehden Recital Hall

 

Earthtones

Friday, May 1, 2020
8:00 p.m.
von der Mehden Recital Hall

 

Spectrum Concert

Saturday, May 2, 2020
4:00 p.m.
Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts