Wright State University Choral Conducting Faculty
- Dr. Hank Dahlman, Director of Choral Studies, Conductor, Collegiate Chorale
- Dr. James Tipps, Conductor, Men’s Chorale and University Chorus
- Ginger Minneman, Conductor, Women’s Chorale
Collegiate Chorale Audition Information
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, 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:
Auditions for the Collegiate Chorale are open to all current Wright State students regardless of major. Auditions for new members are usually held the first Monday & Tuesday of fall semester.
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.
To audition, interested singers may contact Dr. Hank Dahlman (firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an audition.
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 M180. 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.
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:
Collegiate Chorale: Dr. Hank Dahlman, email@example.com
Men’s Chorale & University Chorus: Dr. James Tipps, firstname.lastname@example.org
Women’s Chorale: Ginger Minneman, email@example.com
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
YouTube videos of the Collegiate Chorale
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.
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:
- Collegiate Chorale (Hank Dahlman — firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Chamber Singers (Amanda Hughes — email@example.com)
- Paul Laurence Dunbar Chorale (Robert Stockton — firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Men’s Chorale (Jim Tipps — email@example.com)
- Women’s Chorale (Ginger Minneman — firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
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.
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.”