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Choirs at MSU Denver


Chorale (Mixed Choir) MUS 3280 MW 12:30 - 2:20pm Audition Required - Sign Up
University Treble Choir MUS 3821 TR 12:30 - 1:45pm Placement Process - See Below
University Basso Choir MUS 3822 TR 12:30 - 1:45pm Placement Process - See Below
Auraria Choir (Mixed Choir) MUS 3823 TR 2:00 - 3:15pm No Audition Required


Audition Information

Auditions for Chorale for the Fall 2019 semester will be held August 19 and 20. Scroll down to view audition materials, requirements, and expectations.

  • Monday, August 19, 1:45 - 2:15 pm and 3:30 - 5:00 pm: SIGN UP
  • Tuesday, August 20, 9:30 - 11:30 am: SIGN UP

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.


University Treble Choir and University Basso Choir Placement Process

Members of the University Treble Choir and University Basso Choir will be asked to perform a brief voice placement audition during the first class to make sure that singers have the ability to match pitch and have some familiarity with musical notation. Students who do not meet these criteria will be placed in the non-auditioned Auraria Choir.

Chorale Audition Materials

Singers auditioning for Chorale are expected to prepare an excerpt from "Lobgesang" by Felix Mendelssohn. 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.

Sheet Music: Willan - Rise Up, My Love, My Fair One - Chorale Audition Sheet Music

Rehearsal Examples


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

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