Choirs

Wright State University Choral Conducting Faculty

 

Collegiate Chorale Audition Information

The Wright State University Collegiate Chorale announces auditions for the 2016-2017 school year.  The Collegiate Chorale is the primary choral ensemble of the University, performing throughout the school year and frequently touring throughout the US and beyond. Most recently, the Collegiate Chorale toured Italy over spring break 2016, singing in Rome, Florence and Venice at world famous cathedrals and other major venues.

To learn more about the Collegiate Chorale and to hear sample recordings and YouTube videos, please go to to our webpage:

https://liberal-arts.wright.edu/music/about/ensembles/choirs

Auditions for the Collegiate Chorale are open to all current Wright State students regardless of major.  Auditions for new members will be held on the following dates:

August 22, 26, 29 and 30.

Auditions take approximately 10-15 minutes, and consist of a brief interview, vocalization, pitch memory and sight singing exercises, and a brief solo song (art song, hymn, or folk song arrangement).  If you do not have your own song, you will be asked to sing a simple well-known song like “My country ‘tis of Thee.”  An accompanist is provided free of charge.

In addition to returning Collegiate Chorale members, we anticipate additional openings in the following sections:

One soprano
Two altos
One tenor
Two basses or baritones

To audition, interested singers may contact Dr. Hank Dahlman (hank.dahlman@wright.edu or 937-775-3721) to arrange an audition, or simply sign up for a audition appointment on Dr. Dahlman’s office door, CAC M087B.

The Collegiate Chorale is a regular credit-bearing course offering 1 credit hour at either the undergraduate or graduate level (MUE 4990.01 or MUE 6990.01).  The Collegiate Chorale regularly rehearses on MWF 1:25-2:20 PM in CAC room M152.  In addition, there may be other rehearsals scheduled.  All rehearsals and performances are listed in a schedule of events distributed with the syllabus at the beginning of the semester.  Members of the Collegiate Chorale are expected to attend all scheduled rehearsals or performances unless excused by the director.

ETHOS Audition Information

Auditions will be held Monday, August 29 and Tuesday, August 30, from 5-7 p.m. in the Creative Arts Center - Schuster Hall. Auditionees should come prepared with a vocal solo in the pop style (think American Idol "Golden Ticket" round) as well as having learned their background part of choice (not the solo) to the song "Fallin'" by Alicia Keys. Sheet music for  "Fallin'" as well as learning tracks can be found by clicking HERE.

If you have questions, conflicts or concerns, please email Brody McDonald at brody.mcdonald@wright.edu

 


As a major component of a balanced curriculum of music performance, applied music, music history, music theory, and music education, the School 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.

For further information on auditions for the other choirs, please contact the appropriate director below:

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
ETHOS: Brody McDonald, brody.mcdonald@wright.edu

 

Collegiate Chorale

MUE 2990/4990/6990

The Wright State University Collegiate Chorale is the university’s primary choral ensemble. Touring annually, the Chorale has sung throughout the United States and Europe, including Austria, the Czech Republic, England, Germany, and the Netherlands, including such venues as Salzburg Cathedral, St. Stephan’s Cathedral in Vienna, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Washington National Cathedral and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York.  Most recently, the Chorale toured Italy in Spring 2016, performing an all a cappella program spanning six centuries in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice, and other great venues in Rome and Florence.

The Collegiate Chorale includes undergraduate singers representing many majors, including music, the humanities, social sciences, liberal arts, engineering, business, education, and medicine. The ensemble performs the music selected from a wide variety of styles and genres, spanning the early Renaissance to the 21st century, including music taken from the worlds of folk music and popular entertainment.

The Collegiate Chorale has been featured with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra to critical acclaim on numerous occasions, performing works such as Britten’s War Requiem, Stravinsky’s Mass, Orff’s Carmina Burana, the Bernstein Mass, and numerous Bach motets and cantatas. The choir has also appeared with or performed for numerous notable artists, including most recently Maestro Keith Lockhart and composer Stephen Schwartz.

Hank Dahlman, conductor

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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

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 2:30-3:25 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 "Harmony 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)

ETHOS

MUE 2050/4050/6050 section 30

Open to all WSU students

ETHOS is Wright State’s A cappella group: a one-credit class that meets Tuesday and Thursday from 5-6:30 in the Creative Arts Center, room M162. This group will perform contemporary acappella music in the style of groups seen in the movie Pitch Perfect or NBC’s The Sing-Off. The ensemble is open to all WSU students.

Why:   

  • Because you like singing popular music
  • Because you love a cappella
  • Because you want to perform at high-profile events throughout the area
  • Because you want to tour and perform around the state

 

If you have questions, conflicts or concerns, please email Brody McDonald at brody.mcdonald@wright.edu.