School of Music

Choirs

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.

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Collegiate Chorale

Collegiate Chorale (MUE 2990/4990/6990)
Hank Dahlman, D.M.A., conductor

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, 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.

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

James Tipps, Ph.D., 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 Wright State 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 p.m. 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

Men's Chorale (MUE 2930/4930/6930)
James Tipps, Ph.D., conductor

The Wright State Men’s Chorale meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:10-11:05 a.m., and 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 Wright State ensembles to perform masterworks. Other venues have included basketball games, graduation ceremonies, homecoming festivities, and tours.

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 students from various academic disciplines, with more than 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.


Women’s Chorale

Women's Chorale (MUE 2940/4940/6940)
Ginger Minneman, conductor

Women's Chorale is an auditioned ensemble of treble voices. The ensemble performs significant choral music selected from a wide variety of historical, compositional, and cultural traditions. The 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 Wright State’s annual Holidays in the Heartland concert.

This group's performances have 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").

Women's Chorale rehearses from 10:10-11:05 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Audition at the beginning of any term, or sing all year. Any university student may audition, regardless of major. 

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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)


Conducting Faculty


Auditions

Collegiate Chorale Audition Information

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 and Tuesday of the 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 (hank.dahlman@wright.edu or 937-775-3721) 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 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1:25-2:20 p.m. 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.

 


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