Choral Ensembles

The CSU, Chico choral organizations have a rich history of outstanding concerts and are respected for consistently high performance standards. Each of the choirs, whether auditioned or non-auditioned, is open to all Chico State students, regardless of major. This open enrollment philosophy gives the choirs a unique group dynamic by including a wide cross-section of students with varied interests, with a common interest in performing choral music together. Each choir performs in at least one major concert a semester and participates in a variety of other activities, including retreats, fundraisers, and performing tours.

The four ensembles offer a wide range of repertoire and performance opportunities for choral singers. University Chorus, composed of nearly 100 student and community members, specializes in large choral masterworks and often performs with orchestra. Acappella Choir, an auditioned ensemble of approximately 65 students, explores a diverse repertoire of quality vocal music from the 17th to the 21st centuries. Chamber Singers, a small and highly select ensemble of typically 20 students who are also members of Acappella Choir, focuses on innovative performances of challenging choral literature that is varied in style, international in scope, and rich in depth and excellence. Gospel Choir sings music specifically from the gospel music genre and frequently performs at events both on and off campus.

At times, the Acappella Choir and University Chorus are combined to create a large performing ensemble known as the Choral Union. This ensemble is featured each year in the music department scholarship fundraising concert, "Glorious Sounds of the Season," and also performs a major choral/orchestral work during the spring semester.

Faculty:
Dr. David Scholz
dmscholz@csuchico.edu
Phone: 530-898-6127

A Cappella Choir

Acappella Choir, an auditioned ensemble of approximately 60 students, explores a diverse repertoire of quality vocal music from the 17th to the 21st centuries. This choir is open to any CSU, Chico student, regardless of major. Students interested in singing with this ensemble should register for the class and attend the first class session of the semester, where information regarding auditions, a class syllabus, and a complete schedule of concerts will be distributed. Membership is contingent upon completion of an audition and instructor approval. Contact the director, Dr. David Scholz, at dmscholz@csuchico.edu or 530-898-6127 for further information.

Chamber Singers

Chamber Singers is a small ensemble of typically 20 students who are also members of Acappella Choir. This group focuses on innovative performances of challenging choral literature that is varied in style, international in scope, and rich in depth and excellence. This choir is open by audition to any CSU Chico student, regardless of major. Membership is contingent upon completion of an audition, membership in Acappella Choir, and instructor approval. Students interested in singing with the Chamber Singers should hold the rehearsal times open in their schedule and contact the director, Dr. David Scholz, at dmscholz@csuchico.edu or 530-898.-6127 for further information and to set up an audition time.

University Chorus

University Chorus is comprised of CSU, Chico faculty, staff, and students as well as members of the Chico community. This choir performs a wide variety of choral music suitable for large choral ensembles, including choral masterworks with orchestra, and is open without audition to any CSU, Chico student, faculty, staff, or community member. Any students interested in singing with this ensemble should register for the class and attend the first class session of the semester, where a class syllabus and a complete schedule of concerts will be distributed.