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UW Choirs – Fall Auditions, Sep 25-26

UW Chorale

Dr. Giselle Wyers conducts the UW Chorale in concert at Meany Hall

Fall Auditions for the UW choirs are quickly approaching. They will take place from 9am-4pm on September 25 and 26. Singers have the opportunity to audition for Chamber Singers, University Chorale, or Recital Choir.

Sign up for an audition time by clicking here. After you fill out a form, you will see a link to select an audition time. For more information about the audition process, click here. We encourage you to sign up as early as possible!

Chamber Singers – The University of Washington Chamber Singers is a professional-level choir consisting of graduate and advanced undergraduate music majors, as well as advanced musicians of majors from across the UW community. Meets Monday through Friday 12:30-1:20 pm in Brechemin Auditorium.

University Chorale – The University of Washington Chorale is an auditioned advanced undergraduate ensemble of music and non-music majors from the Seattle campus. Meets Mondays & Wednesdays 3:30-5:20 pm in Music Building, Brechemin Auditorium and Room 213.

Recital Choir – The Recital Choir performs diverse literature directed by choral conducting graduate students. Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4:30-5:20 pm in the Music Building, Room 213.

University Singers, Gospel Choir, and Women’s Chorus
If you’d like to sing in University SingersGospel ChoirMen’s Glee, or Women’s Chorus, there is no audition necessary– simply come to the first day of classes! You can register in advance or in the first week of classes.

Congratulations, choral graduates!

Pictured: Miriam Anderson, David Wimett, Geoffrey Boers, Giselle Wyers, and Leann Conley-Holcom

On June 9-10, six choral conducting students graduated from the University of Washington! Several had some words to share about their experience in our program and thoughts about the future:

The UW choral conducting program was a wonderful place to build relationships with an amazing community of musicians, develop as an authentic leader, and invest in myself as a vocally-grounded conductor. Now that I have completed my degree, I look forward to creating movement-based applications for vocal and conducting instruction that combine some of the empirical findings from my dissertation with my immersive experiences becoming a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst. In the fall, I will continue in my position as Assistant Director of Choral Activities and Lecturer at Smith College.

– Amanda Huntleigh, DMA
Dissertation title: Choristers’ Perceptions of Laban-based Conducting Gestures

I am grateful for my time at the University of Washington and for the ways that I have been encouraged to grown as a conductor, scholar, and individual. The nurturing environment, inspiring and challenging mentoring, and mutually-supportive community of choral graduate students did so much for me. I’m a proud Husky and alum of this program!

– Leann Conley-Holcom, DMA
Dissertation title: ‘Come, All My Dear Brethren, and Help Me to Sing’: Dialogue and Participation as Foundations for the Choral Performance of Sacred Harp Music

The choral conducting program at the University of Washington is incredibly unique. You are surrounded by peers and mentors who all have tremendous gifts. Over the past two years I have become not only a better musician and conductor, but I’ve become a teacher- something I was not expecting. I’m not yet sure what I will be doing next year, but whatever I choose, I am sure that the experiences I’ve had and skills I’ve learned at UW will be integral to my success.
– Miriam Anderson, MM
Master’s exam topics included: Prison Choirs, Yoga for Musicians, Dance for Conductors, South and West African Choral Music and Percussion Accompaniment, Mozart Mass in C Minor, Mahler’s choral works, and more

 We are also thrilled to congratulate DMA recipients Ryan Ellis and Brenda Mohr, as well as MM recipient David Wimett!

Right: Leann Conley-Holcom, Brenda Mohr, and Ryan Ellis
Left: Miriam Anderson, Geoffrey Boers, and David Wimett

Happy New Year from the UW Choral Department

image002The lighter side of the UW Choral program was in full display during the Holidays as the University Chorale and Chamber Singers enjoyed light-hearted music around Seattle. University Chorale collaborated with the Seattle Symphony Holiday POPS, kicking the holiday season into high gear.  And if you can’t tell “Who” these singers are, they are members of the UW Chamber Singers singing at a Christmas party at the Seattle Center—dressed up like Who’s from Whoville, and singing music from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”  

Continue to follow the joyful, energetic and ever-changing profile of UW Chorale and Chamber Singers, as they travel to New York’s Carnegie Hall in April, and perform the athletic and dramatic Verdi Requiem with University of Washington Symphony Orchestra this June!

Messiah, Pops Concerts a Rousing Success

Two of University of Washington’s top choirs finished up a busy quarter last week, with performances on campus and across the community.  The UW Chamber Singers (prepared by Geoffrey Boers, director), sang four performances of Handel’s Messiah in a collaboration with regional early music ensemble Pacific MusicWorks, under the direction of Stephen Stubbs, who was recently nominated for a Grammy.  Their innovative approach was lauded in a recent review of the performance by Phillipa Kiraly at CityArts Online.

UW Chorale sang four Holiday POPS concerts with Seattle Symphony, under the direction of nationally renowed POPS conductor Stuart Chafetz (prepared by Giselle Wyers, director).  The chorus had the opportunity to back up Broadway and TV star Capathia Jenkins, as well as collaborating with Tony deSare, composer, singer and pianist.

Stay tuned for more performance information after the new year, and enjoy these photos from the recent events.  Chamber Singers Messiah 1Messiah Pacific MusicWorksUniversity Chorale and Seattle Symphony POPS 2015Capathia and Giselle

Combined Choirs earn “Raves” for their Seattle Symphony POPS appearance

Rave Seattle POPS 2015The University of Washington Chorale and Chamber Singers just completed a three-performance run of Rodgers and Hammerstein POPS concerts  with Seattle Symphony under the direction of Steven Reineke, who also serves as Principal Conductor of the New York POPS.  The combined choirs were joined by outstanding soloists Jonathan Estabrooks, Ashley Brown, and Aaron Lazar.  Our performance earned us a “Rave” in the Seattle Times and ignited some promising future connections with the Seattle Symphony.

the common S E N S E

University of Washington Chorale and members of the wider UW choral community gather this season to provide “touch in the form of embodied sound” as part of MacArthur award winning conceptual artist Ann Hamilton’s upcoming exhibit at the Henry Art Gallery.  Read more about this exciting interdisciplinary project in a feature article written by UW alum Kelly Huffman here.  Information about how you can add your voice to this project or come and see the exhibit is available here or by contacting Dr. Giselle Wyers.

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