Choirs

Wright State University Choral Conducting Faculty

Choral Audition Information

As a major component of a balanced curriculum of music performance, applied music, music history, music theory, and music education, the Department of Music offers a wide range of performing ensembles. These ensembles are open to all students at the university, regardless of major, and, in some cases, to community members.

Contact
Collegiate Chorale: Dr. Hank Dahlman, hank.dahlman@wright.edu
Men’s Chorale & University Chorus: Dr. James Tipps, james.tipps@wright.edu
Women’s Chorale: Ginger Minneman, ginger.minneman@wright.edu
Paul Laurence Dunbar Chorale: Robert Stockton, robert.stockton@wright.edu
ETHOS: Brody McDonald, brody.mcdonald@wright.edu
Chamber Singers: Amanda Hughes, amanda.hughes@wright.edu
 

Collegiate Chorale

MUE 2990/4990/6990

The Wright State University Collegiate Chorale is the university’s premiere choir and primary choral touring ensemble. Touring annually, the Chorale has sung throughout the United States, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, and England, including such venues as Salzburg Cathedral, Washington National Cathedral and Carnegie Hall. In 2012 and 2013, the WSU Collegiate Chorale will tour Washington DC, France, and Belgium. They were recently selected to sing in the Champions Level Competition at the World Choir Games in 2012. The Chorale has performed for conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, Music Educators National Conference, Ohio Choral Directors Association, and the Ohio Music Education Association. The Collegiate Chorale has appeared with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra to critical acclaim.

Dr. Hank Dahlman, conductor

Collegiate Chorale Audition Information

  • August 27, the first day of Fall Semester
  • A sign-up sheet will be placed on Dr. Dahlman's office door (M368 CAC) by Friday, August 24, 2012.
  • Singers should be prepared to sing one solo {classical style art song, folk song arrangement, hymn arrangement, aria, etc.) from memory. Please provide 2 copies of the music.  An accompanist will be provided to the singer.
  • Singers should be prepared to sight-sing and vocalize.

The Wright State University Collegiate Chorale is the university’s primary touring ensemble.  Touring annually, the Chorale has sung throughout the United States, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, and England, including such venues as Salzburg Cathedral, Washington National Cathedral and Carnegie Hall.  In 2012 and 2013, the WSU Collegiate Chorale will tour Washington DC, France, and Belgium. They were recently selected to sing in the Champions Level Competition at the World Choir Games in 2012.

The Chorale has performed for conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, Music Educators National Conference, Ohio Choral Directors Association, and the Ohio Music Education Association.  The Collegiate Chorale has appeared with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra to critical acclaim, performing works such as Stravinsky’s Mass and motets and cantatas by Bach and, most recently, a fully staged production of the Bernstein MASS.

MUE 2990/4990/6990 01, MWF 1:25 p.m. to 3 p.m.

YouTube videos of the Collegiate Chorale

Eric Whitacre: The Seal Lullaby; Hank Dahlman, Conductor

Lars Jansson/arr. Gunnar Eriksson: To the Mothers in Brazil/Salve Regina; Hank Dahlman, Conductor; Brian Cashwell, Accompanist

Orlando Gibbons: Hosanna to the Son of David; Hank Dahlman, Conductor

Chamber Singers

MUE 2850/4950/6950

An auditioned ensemble recognized as one of the region’s outstanding collegiate vocal chamber choirs. They present WSU’s annual Madrigal Dinner, a tradition about to celebrate its 30th anniversity and listed in Midwestern Living as one of the best productions in the region. The WSU Chamber Singers has been featured at several professional conventions, including invitatuins to the 1996 and 2002 Central Division conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. The ensemble has toured frequently through the United States and Europe.

TBA, conductor

An auditioned, elite vocal ensemble of mixed voices.  The group is the musical core of WSU’s annual Madrigal Dinners, a tradition for over a quarter century and listed in Midwestern Living as one of the best productions in the region. The Chamber Singers has been featured at several professional conventions, including the American Choral Directors Association's 1996 and 2008 Central Division conventions. The ensemble has toured throughout the United States and Europe.

The University Chorus

Dr. James Tipps, conductor

University Chorus is a non-auditioned vocal ensemble comprised of singers from across the campus community. Membership is open to all university students without audition, regardless of major. The longest running ensemble on campus, this group has enjoyed a strong tradition at WSU as an inclusive choral ensemble. The group performs a wide variety of choral music from many styles, periods and cultures. The University Chorus often joins forces with other instrumental and choral ensembles for presentations of masterworks. Since no audition is required, just register and come on the first day of the term as you would for any other class. Join at the beginning of any term, or sing all year. University Chorus rehearses from 1:30-2:35 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

FAQs
Do I have to be a music major to sing in University Chorus?

Everybody is welcome to sing in University Chorus, no matter what major you are (and even if you're undecided!).

Is there an audition for University Chorus?

No. Most of our choirs require an audition, but University Chorus does not. It is open-enrollment. So, all you need to do is register as you would for any other course, then show up on the first day of the term!

What kind of music does University Chorus sing?

We sing a wide variety of musical styles. In any given year, we might sing art music from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods; a Gospel, pop, or Broadway; folk songs from the United States and around the world; and much, much more!

Can I join anytime, or only in the Fall?

You can join an ensemble at the beginning of any term. So, if your schedule doesn't allow you to join in the Fall, you can still sing in Winter or Spring! When registering for classes, remember to keep the University Chorus time slot open!

What about credits?

In some ways, University Chorus is just like any other course on campus. Registration is required, you will receive a syllabus, and you get a credit for each term you take the class. Having trouble registering, or not sure you want to join? Just go ahead and show up to the first rehearsal and chat with the professor. Each ensemble is worth 1 credit hour each term. Students who need full-time status can perform in a campus ensemble to get their credit load up to 12. Bonus: Already at 18 credits?...You can participate in as many as 3 different ensembles each term without paying an overload fee!! (See your director for details.)

How late into the term can I register for University Chorus?

The add/drop schedule is the same for every course across campus. Check the webpage for the Registrar's Office to find out the last day to add University Chorus for this term.

How do I join?

Register as you would for any other course. The course number is "MUE 2900". The section is "01".

I can't be in University Chorus this term. Is there another choir I can join?

Yes! We have seven choirs at Wright State. So, it's very likely that one of the other six will work for your schedule. An audition may be required, so contact the director of the particular chorus in which you are interested for more information about how to audition:

Men’s Chorale

MUE 2930/4930/6930

An auditioned ensemble of male singers. Members develop musical skills and superior vocal technique through rehearsal and performance of a wide variety of challenging choral literature.

The Men’s Chorale has performed throughout the community in schools, churches, and retirement homes. The Chorale has also performed in the state and regional Music Education Conferences, and frequently joins forces with other WSU ensembles to perform masterworks, and has been regionally televised. Other venues have included basketball games, graduation ceremonies, homecoming festivities, tours, and an annual anything-goes variety show.

Much of the Chorale’s appeal to the public results from the wide variety of both secular and sacred choral music representing all of the major style periods, lively folk song arrangements, entertaining selections from opera, operetta, musical theater, and movies, as well as popular tunes.

Always looking for a few more good men, the Chorale is made up of over 70 students from various academic disciplines, with over two-thirds of the ensemble being non-music majors. While an audition is required for joining, musical backgrounds of the members differ widely and have included previous participation in school choruses, bands, orchestras, show choirs, church choirs, musical theater, and rock bands.

Dr. James Tipps, conductor

The Wright State Men’s Chorale provides the opportunity to learn about the art of choral music in a university setting. Members develop musical skills and superior vocal technique through rehearsal and performance of a wide variety of challenging choral literature. The Chorale also gives back to the community by motivating young people to participate in vocal activities and encouraging young men to identify with a positive image of collegiate men singing in performances and workshops.

The Men’s Chorale has performed for many schools, churches, retirement homes, and various civic functions, and the group has been regionally televised. The Chorale has also performed in the state and regional Music Education Conference, and frequently joins forces with other WSU ensembles to perform masterworks.. Other venues have included basketball games, graduation ceremonies, homecoming festivities, tours, and an annual anything-goes variety show.

Much of the Chorale’s appeal to the public results from the wide variety of both secular and sacred choral music representing all if the major style periods. The ensemble is able to adapt to diverse audiences with lively folk song arrangements, entertaining selections from opera, operetta, musical theater, and movies, as well as popular tunes.

Always looking for a few more good men, the Chorale is made up of over 70 students from various academic disciplines, with over two-thirds of the ensemble being non-music majors. The WSU Men’s Chorale is relatively new, having begun in 1995, and is anticipating continued numerical and artistic growth.

While an audition is required for joining, musical backgrounds of the members differ widely and have included participation in school choruses, bands, orchestras, show choirs, church choirs, musical theater, and rock bands.

Women’s Chorale

MUE 2940/4940/6940

An auditioned ensemble of treble voices.  The ensemble performs significant choral music selected from a wide variety of historical, compositional, and cultural traditions.  The Women’s Chorale performs at numerous concerts and events, both on and off campus, throughout the year. Each year, the group is one of five choral ensembles featured in WSU’s annual Holidays in the Heartland concert.

Ginger Minneman, conductor

Women's Chorale is an auditioned, elite ensemble of treble voices comprised of singers from across the Wright State University campus community. Any university student may audition, regardless of major. The group performs significant choral music selected from a wide variety of historical, compositional, and cultural traditions. The Women’s Chorale performs at numerous concerts and events, both on and off campus, throughout the year. This has included composer collaborations, world premieres, hosting choirs from around the world, combined concerts with other campus ensembles, recording sessions, and convention appearances. Major works performed by the ensemble—alone or in collaboration—include Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Fauré's Messe Basse, Thompson’s Frostiana, and Haydn’s Mass in D Minor ("Lord Nelson Mass"). Each year, the group is featured in WSU’s annual "Holidays in the Heartland" and "Celebration of National Poetry Month Final Concert" events. Women's Chorale rehearses from 10:10a-11:05a on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Audition at the beginning of any term, or sing all year.

Mission Statement

We strive to serve listeners, singers, composers, our campus community, and the Miami Valley community at large by maintaining high standards of artistry and education in the performance of historically relevant and culturally significant choral music, as well as music of today.”

FAQs
Do I have to be a music major to sing in Women's Chorale?

Everybody is welcome to audition, regardless of major (and even if you're undecided!). About half of the singers each term are music majors, while the other half have majors from outside the Creative Arts Center.

Is there an audition for Women's Chorale?

Yes. E-mail Ginger Minneman (ginger.minneman@wright.edu) to schedule a time. Auditions are held twice each term: (1) in the first week of each term; and (2) around registration time each term. The audition lasts about 5 minutes, and no advance preparation is necessary.

What kind of music does Women's Chorale sing?

We sing a wide variety of musical styles. In any given year, we might sing art music from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods; Gospel, pop, jazz, or Broadway selections; folk songs from the United States and around the world; and much, much more!

Can I join anytime, or only in the Fall?

You can join an ensemble at the beginning of any semester. So, if your schedule doesn't allow you to join in the Fall, you can still sing in spring semester. When registering for classes, remember to keep the Women's Chorale timeblock open!

What about credits?

n some ways, Women's Chorale is just like any other course on campus. Registration is required, you will receive a syllabus, and you earn a credit. However, there is no textbook, and instead of a final exam, we give concerts. Having trouble registering, or not sure you want to join? Just go ahead and show up to the first rehearsal and chat with the professor. Each ensemble is worth 1 credit hour each term. Students who need full-time status can perform in a campus ensemble to get their credit load up to 12. (Bonus: Already at 18 credits?...You can participate in as many as 3 different ensembles each term without paying an overload fee!! See your director for details.)

How late into the term can I register for Women's Chorale?

We take new singers in the first 2 weeks of each semester.

How do I join?

At your audition, the director will provide you with a signed registration form.

I can't be in Women's Chorale this term. Is there another choir I can join?

Yes! We have six choirs at Wright State. So, it's very likely that one of the others will work for your schedule. An audition may be required, so contact the director of the particular chorus in which you are interested for more information about how to audition:

• Collegiate Chorale (Dr. Hank Dahlman — hank.dahlman@wright.edu)

• Chamber Singers (Amanda Hughes — amanda.hughes@wright.edu)

• Men’s Chorale (Dr. James Tipps —james.tipps@wright.edu)

• Paul Laurence Dunbar Chorale (Robert Stockton —robert.stockton@wright.edu)

• University Chorus (Dr. James Tipps —james.tipps@wright.edu)

Paul Laurence Dunbar Chorale

MUE 2970/4970/6970

A choral ensemble for students who desire to explore the musical style of gospel music and its roots and various forms. Includes performances of a body of literature associated with the African American church to the university and surrounding communities.

Robert Stockton, conductor
(937) 775-2072

The Paul Laurence Dunbar Chorale specializes in the performance of African American sacred music. The ensemble’s repertoire includes spirituals, hymns, anthems, traditional and contemporary gospel music, and classically influenced repertoire from the African American tradition. Other mediums of liturgical expression such as liturgical dance, sign-interpretation, and mime are also included in select performances. Membership in the ensemble is diverse and includes a variety of students majoring in various disciplines, along with nontraditional students and university staff.

The Paul Laurence Dunbar Chorale presents concerts and performances on campus, throughout the Dayton metropolitan community, and through tours to various regions. In 1997 the Chorale was extremely well received in its first international tour to Toronto, Canada. Highlights of the Chorale’s performances include the Art of Gospel Music Series at the Dayton Art Institute, the Wright State University and United Theological Seminary commencements, the premier receptions for the Department of Theatre’s award-winning production if 1913:The Great Dayton Flood, and Harlem Renaissance in Black and White, and the visitation services for the late Wright State University president, Dr. Harley Flack.