State University Choral Conducting Faculty
- Dr. Hank Dahlman, Director of Choral Studies, Conductor, Collegiate Chorale
- Dr. Drew Collins, Associate Director of Choral Studies, Conductor, University Chorus, Chamber Singers & Women’s Chorale
- Dr. James Tipps, Conductor, Men’s Chorale
Choral Audition Information
As a major component of a balanced curriculum of music performance, applied music, music history, music theory, and music education, the Department of Music offers a wide range of performing ensembles. These ensembles are open to all students at the university, regardless of major, and, in some cases, to community members.
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The Wright State University Collegiate Chorale is the university’s premiere choir and primary choral touring ensemble. Touring annually, the Chorale has sung throughout the United States, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, and England, including such venues as Salzburg Cathedral, Washington National Cathedral and Carnegie Hall. In 2012 and 2013, the WSU Collegiate Chorale will tour Washington DC, France, and Belgium. They were recently selected to sing in the Champions Level Competition at the World Choir Games in 2012. The Chorale has performed for conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, Music Educators National Conference, Ohio Choral Directors Association, and the Ohio Music Education Association. The Collegiate Chorale has appeared with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra to critical acclaim.
A non-auditioned ensemble comprised of students from throughout the campus community. The longest running ensemble on campus, this group has enjoyed a strong tradition at WSU as an inclusive choral ensemble. The group performs a wide variety of choral music from many styles, periods and cultures. The group varies in size from term to term, anywhere from 60 to 120 members, making it one of the largest choirs of its kind in the Midwest. The University Chorus often joins forces with other instrumental and choral ensembles for presentations of masterworks, as well as the popular Holidays in the Heartland concert.
An auditioned ensemble of male singers. Members develop musical skills and superior vocal technique through rehearsal and performance of a wide variety of challenging choral literature.
The Men’s Chorale has performed throughout the community in schools, churches, and retirement homes. The Chorale has also performed in the state and regional Music Education Conferences, and frequently joins forces with other WSU ensembles to perform masterworks, and has been regionally televised. Other venues have included basketball games, graduation ceremonies, homecoming festivities, tours, and an annual anything-goes variety show.
Much of the Chorale’s appeal to the public results from the wide variety of both secular and sacred choral music representing all of the major style periods, lively folk song arrangements, entertaining selections from opera, operetta, musical theater, and movies, as well as popular tunes.
Always looking for a few more good men, the Chorale is made up of over 70 students from various academic disciplines, with over two-thirds of the ensemble being non-music majors. While an audition is required for joining, musical backgrounds of the members differ widely and have included previous participation in school choruses, bands, orchestras, show choirs, church choirs, musical theater, and rock bands.
An auditioned ensemble of treble voices. The ensemble performs significant choral music selected from a wide variety of historical, compositional, and cultural traditions. The Women’s Chorale performs at numerous concerts and events, both on and off campus, throughout the year. Each year, the group is one of five choral ensembles featured in WSU’s annual Holidays in the Heartland concert.
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