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Choirs at MSU Denver

Choirs at MSU Denver have always been open to every student on campus regardless of major or institution of enrollment, and we plan to return to that policy just as soon as possible. However, due to COVID-19, for Fall 2020 there will be some restrictions on enrollment in choral ensembles.

Chorale (Mixed Choir) | MUS 3280 | MW 12:30-2:20 pm | Open to any student | Audition Required - Sign Up

  • Auditions must be completed by August 11, 2020, the week before classes begin.

University Treble Choir | MUS 3821 | TR 12:30-1:45 pm | Music Majors Only | No Audition 

University Basso Choir | MUS 3822 | TR 2:00-3:15 pm | Music Majors Only | No Audition 

 

Audition Information

Auditions for Chorale for the Fall 2020 semester will be held August 10 and 11.  Below are the audition materials, requirements, and expectations.

After you have signed up for an audition time, please fill out the Audition Form. Do not fill out the form prior to reserving your audition time.

 

Plans for the Fall 2020 Semester

Approved students who are registered for a choir will be assigned to a vocal chamber ensemble of between 4 and 8 singers. For the first 8 or 9 weeks of the semester, each chamber ensemble will meet once per week IN PERSON, OUTSIDE for 30 to 50 minutes, and will develop remote rehearsal strategies and individual rehearsal strategies to account for a specified additional time per week. In week 9, there will be a performance-based event, possibly a recording session and/or a live-streamed concert. There will be no in-person meetings in weeks 10-15, but there will be a virtual performance project to be used in a video we will produce in lieu of our annual “A Holiday Card to the City” concert.

 

Chorale Audition Materials

Singers auditioning for Chorale are expected to perform "Meeres stille" by Beethoven. The score and some practice resources are posted below. In addition to accuracy of pitches and rhythms, the audition committee will be particularly looking for appropriate dynamics and articulations in your performance. Rather than singing the piece in German, please prepare it on solfege or a neutral syllable like 'doo' or 'ta.'

Sheet Music: Beethoven - Meeres stille (PDF)

Rehearsal Example: Beethoven - Meeres stille (Youtube) - Note: the piece ends on page 5, about halfway through this video.

If you would like a rehearsal track of your part, please email MB Krueger at kruegema@msudenver.edu.


 

Chorale Audition Expectations

  • Vocal Exercises: You will perform vocal exercises to display your range and tone quality.

  • Tonal Recall: You will be given a series of notes to sing back on a neutral syllable in order to test your pitch and aural memory.

  • Prepared Song: You will be provided with a song and rehearsal tracks to prepare for the audition (see Audition Materials above).

  • Sight Reading: You will be asked to read a piece of music that you have not previously looked at. The use of solfege is highly encouraged.

  • Other: In addition to all of the above, the panel will be listening for your tone color (breathy, strident, full, rich, brassy, vibrant, bright, dark, etc.) and your pitch accuracy (intonation) in all areas of the audition.

     

Audition Tips

  • Please come well-prepared with your song. The audition panel takes into consideration not only the quality and intonation of your voice, but also your level of preparation and determination.  

  • Practice your sight reading and solfege skills ahead of time. Students who sight read well are more likely to place into an auditioned ensemble. Use of solfege is preferred, however if you are not proficient in the use of solfege, use a neutral syllable for your sight reading.

  • If you are sick, nervous, or generally feeling like you are not performing your best during your audition, please keep this information to yourself and refrain from saying anything about it to the audition panel. It is normal to feel nervous during an audition, and the panel favors those who maintain a positive demeanor despite the influence of nerves.

  • Be confident and assume you will be successful!

For more information, please contact: Professor MB Krueger at kruegema@msudenver.edu.


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