Dr. Drew Collins, conductor
Women's Chorale is an auditioned, elite ensemble of treble voices comprised of singers from across the Wright State University campus community. Any university student may audition, regardless of major. The group 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. This has included composer collaborations, world premieres, hosting choirs from around the world, combined concerts with other campus ensembles, recording sessions, and convention appearances. Major works performed by the ensemble—alone or in collaboration—include Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Fauré's Messe Basse, Thompson’s Frostiana, and Haydn’s Mass in D Minor ("Lord Nelson Mass"). Each year, the group is featured in WSU’s annual "Holidays in the Heartland" and "Celebration of National Poetry Month Final Concert" events. Women's Chorale rehearses from 10:10a-11:05a on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Audition at the beginning of any term, or sing all year.
We strive to serve listeners, singers, composers, our campus community, and the Miami Valley community at large by maintaining high standards of artistry and education in the performance of historically relevant and culturally significant choral music, as well as music of today.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I have to be a music major to sing in Women's Chorale?
Everybody is welcome to audition, regardless of major (and even if you're undecided!). About half of the singers each term are music majors, while the other half have majors from outside the Creative Arts Center.
Is there an audition for Women's Chorale?
Yes. E-mail Dr. Collins (firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule a time. Auditions are held twice each term: (1) in the first week of each term; and (2) around registration time each term. The audition lasts about 5 minutes, and no advance preparation is necessary.
What kind of music does Women's Chorale sing?
We sing a wide variety of musical styles. In any given year, we might sing art music from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods; Gospel, pop, jazz, or Broadway selections; folk songs from the United States and around the world; and much, much more!
Can I join anytime, or only in the Fall?
You can join an ensemble at the beginning of any semester. So, if your schedule doesn't allow you to join in the Fall, you can still sing in spring semester. When registering for classes, remember to keep the Women's Chorale timeblock open!
What about credits?
In some ways, Women's Chorale is just like any other course on campus. Registration is required, you will receive a syllabus, and you earn a credit. However, there is no textbook, and instead of a final exam, we give concerts. Having trouble registering, or not sure you want to join? Just go ahead and show up to the first rehearsal and chat with the professor. Each ensemble is worth 1 credit hour each term. Students who need full-time status can perform in a campus ensemble to get their credit load up to 12. (Bonus: Already at 18 credits?...You can participate in as many as 3 different ensembles each term without paying an overload fee!! See your director for details.)
How late into the term can I register for Women's Chorale?
We take new singers in the first 2 weeks of each semester.
How do I join?
At your audition, the director will provide you with a signed registration form.
I can't be in Women's Chorale this term. Is there another choir I can join?
Yes! We have six choirs at Wright State. So, it's very likely that one of the others will work for your schedule. An audition may be required, so contact the director of the particular chorus in which you are interested for more information about how to audition:
Collegiate Chorale (Dr. Hank Dahlman email@example.com)
Chamber Singers (Dr. Drew Collins firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mens Chorale (Dr. James Tipps email@example.com)
Paul Laurence Dunbar Chorale (Robert Stockton firstname.lastname@example.org)
University Chorus (Dr. Drew Collins email@example.com)
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