University of Charleston

The music department at UC is more than a group – it’s family. 

UC offers two opportunities to perform with an exceptional music group: our Concert Choir and the University Singers. Both groups offer several performances during the year and tour a portion of the U.S. The annual Holiday and Spring concerts held on campus are a ‘standing room only’ UC tradition.

All UC students from any major are welcome to join our chorus community through an audition. Participation in both groups is free, and students earn one credit per semester for participating.

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UC Concert Choir

The Concert Choir is a select singing organization, with membership open to all UC students by audition.

  • Performs a wide variety of choral literature.
  • Two to three performances each semester, and a performance tour at the end of the spring semester.
  • Participation is free, and the required outfits are provided by UC. Costs for the annual tour are also taken care of.
  • Members earn one credit per semester for participating.
  • Rehearsals are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3 p.m. until 4:15 p.m.

 

 

 

University Singers

The University Singers is a select singing organization, whose members are drawn from the UC Concert Choir by audition; therefore, University Singers members must sing in both the Concert Choir and the University Singers.

  • Performs music that includes classical, jazz, show tunes, and popular music.
  • Several performances a semester. This group is also often requested to perform by university organizations at various functions.
  • Members earn one credit per semester for participation.
  • Rehearsals for the University Singers are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2:00 p.m. until 2:50 p.m.

 

Performances and Tours

Numerous performances are scheduled during each semester. Annual Holiday and Spring concerts are performed in the Erma Byrd Gallery and attended by both the UC and Charleston communities.

Each year, the Concert Choir and University Singers tour a portion of the U.S. Past tours have included trips to Illinois (Chicago); New York; Maryland; Michigan; Ohio; Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C.

Choir tours are always fun and rewarding — a chance to meet new friends and cement old relationships. For many talented students, traveling as part of a touring choir is the first time their performance skills have a tangible reward.

Music Scholarships

The University of Charleston offers various levels of scholarship based on ability and participation in our ensembles.

 

Auditions

You must audition for the Concert Choir, but students should register before they audition. The audition is simple, and most (though not all) who attempt it are successful. If you are really good and have the interest and time to perform with the best, you can also audition for the University Singers.

Auditions

You must audition for the Concert Choir, but students should register before they audition. The audition is simple, and most (though not all) who attempt it are successful. If you are really good and have the interest and time to perform with the best, you can also audition for the University Singers.

During your audition, the conductor will:

  • Lead you through simple warm-up style vocalizations to determine the range and beauty of your voice and ability to sing in tune
  • Clap rhythms and ask you to echo them
  • Play short melodies and ask you to echo them on a neutral syllable
  • Listen to a prepared song you might wish to sing (This item is not required.)
  • Discuss the choral program at UC and answer questions as needed

 

Music Scholarships

The University of Charleston offers various levels of scholarship based on ability and participation in our ensembles.

Students wishing to audition for a music scholarship will be asked to:

  • Perform simple warm-up style vocalizations to determine the range and beauty of their voice and ability to sing in tune
  • Echo rhythms that are clapped
  • Echo short melodies on a neutral syllable
  • Perform a prepared song
  • Take part in a discussion about the UC choral program

 

Scholarship Audition Form

Joseph Janisch
Joseph Janisch, DMA

Associate Professor/ Director of Choral Activities