MU's University Singers have been recognized as one of the premiere university choirs in the United States. In November of 2009, they were invited to perform at the national convention of the National Collegiate Choral Organization at Yale University--one of nine choirs selected by audition from across the U. S. In May of 2010, they accepted an invitation to perform at some of the most prestigious venues in Milan, Bologna, Rome and Salerno, Italy. This tour was sponsored by several institutions in these cities, as well as the office of the U. S. Consulate General in Naples
In January 2011 they performed by invitation at the Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) state convention. In March of that same year, they traveled to Chicago following an acceptance of an invitation to perform at the national convention of the American Choral Directors Association before accepting an invitation to perform at the White House in Washington, D.C. This same ensemble was the featured choir for MU residencies of Peter Phillips (Tallis Scholars) and Joseph Flummerfelt in 2012. In January of 2013, they returned to Missouri Music Educators Association conference as one of three collegiate choirs featured for the special 75th Anniversary convention. In May 2014, they were invited to perform in Austria and Hungary, including the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest and performing with the Salzburg Cathedral choir. In May 2016 they completed a performance tour in China where they were hosted by various universities.
An innovative twist on the traditional choral experience, singers selected for Concert Chorale will have the opportunity to sing in both voice-specific (Soprano/Alto and Tenor/Bass) choirs as well as a mixed-voice ensemble. This auditioned ensemble is open to any university student regardless of major or year in school. Dedicated to providing a positive and high quality choral experience, members of Concert Chorale will experience a wide variety of diverse and stimulating music that will include traditional repertoire, modern choral compositions from living composers, traditional folk songs from around the world, and a cappella/barbershop arrangements of popular songs. Singers will meet twice weekly as voice-specific ensembles and once weekly in the large mixed voice ensemble. Multiple formal and informal performances will take place throughout the year. Concert Chorale is conducted by Dr. Brandon Boyd and Professor Emily Edgington Andrews.
Organized in 1977, this 250-voice non-auditioned chorus represents a "union" of choral singers from the student body, University faculty and staff, and community members from Columbia and mid-Missouri. The ensemble presents one major program each semester. The Choral Union combines with professional orchestras, performers, conductors and various University instrumental ensembles to present performances of significant choral/orchestral literature. A primary objective of the Choral Union is to offer participants direct, extended educational exposure to some of the most significant music personalities of our time. These artists have included Aaron Copland, Robert Shaw, Sir David Willcocks, John Rutter, Lukas Foss, Vincent Persichetti, Margaret Hillis, Otto-Werner Mueller, and William Warfield. The Choral Union's repertoire has included large-scale oratorios such as Bach's Christmas Oratorio and Handel's Messiah and Judas Maccabaeus, Haydn's The Creation, Mendelssohn's Elijah, the Requiems of Mozart, Brahms, and Verdi, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, and such 20th-century works as the Honegger King David, Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, and Vaughan Williams's Dona Nobis Pacem.
Hitt Street Harmony (Vocal Jazz Ensemble)
Hitt Street Harmony is an auditioned chamber vocal ensemble specializing in traditional vocal jazz repertoire, often in collaboration with instrumental jazz combos. In addition, this ensemble also performs contemporary popular music and a cappella arrangements. Each semester the group performs one full-length concert and participates in various outreach events in the community. Hitt Street Harmony provides a diverse, challenging experience for each of its singers, developing vocal independence and a variety of different performance techniques.
Requirements (for all students except returning members of University Singers):
- Please arrive ten minutes before your scheduled audition to complete the front side of the Audition Form located outside of FAB 210.
- Prepare a classical (contest-level) solo to sing at the audition. Please bring a recorded accompaniment. (If accompaniment is not available, we’ll do the best we can!) If you do not have a solo prepared, we’ll proceed to number 3.
- Be prepared to vocalize and demonstrate the strengths and flexibility of your voice.
- Be prepared to demonstrate your sight-reading skills.
- Be prepared to demonstrate your tonal memory skills.
- Plan on completing the above process in 7-8 minutes.
By Sunday evening before the first day of classes, a list will be posted placing you in one of the existing ensembles. Plan to attend your assigned ensemble on the first day of class. If you have a scheduling conflict, contact Dr. Crabb (firstname.lastname@example.org) immediately to help resolve the conflict. This list will be posted on the on Mizzou Choirs Facebook page and on Choral Board in the north hallway, first floor of FAB. This board faces FAB 138 (faculty mailroom). You must check each choir's roster carefully to make sure you find your proper placement. Everyone will be placed in one of the five choirs--be sure to locate your name on the list. If you don't find it, please contact Dr. Crabb immediately.
- Those students placed in one of the choral ensembles (University Singers, Concert Chorale, Hitt St., Choral Union) should plan to attend the first rehearsal of their respective ensembles.
- Approximately seventy students will attend the first University Singer rehearsal. If you were assigned to attend the first University Singers rehearsal, you will practice the music on the first Monday with the entire ensemble during the University Singers class period, from 12:15-1:45 p.m. in McKee Gymnasium 204. By Monday evening, you will then be assigned to an octet that will perform the rehearsed music and a short sight-reading example during the second round of auditions taking place on Tuesday evening between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. in FAB 145. You will need to be there the whole time—some of you will have to sing more than one time to complete the octets. Approximately forty five singers will be placed on the final University Singer roster.
- Results will be posted on the bulletin board across from FAB 138 and on the Mizzou Choirs Facebook page by 11:00 a.m. Wednesday.