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Fall 2019 Choral Auditions: September 23 and 24

The time of singing is just around the corner! Consider adding choir to your academic pursuits this fall, meet new friends, and increase your wellness and joy quotient!  UW has a choir for everyone who loves to sing and some do not require an audition to register.

For more information and to sign up, visit our Auditions page here.

Spring Choral Auditions for 2019-2020

Auditions for current UW ensemble singers wishing to change or add choirs for the 2019-20 school year will take place on Friday, May 10, 2018, 9:30-1:30 in Rm 114 of the School of Music.  You can definitely sing in more than one choir at UW!

You may instead opt to audition in the fall, but you are encouraged to sing for us now if you are ready.  You don’t need to prepare a song, but if you have one you like, bring it.  We will vocalize you and learn a little bit about your voice type.  There is no sight-reading required for the spring auditions.

 Signing up is a two-step process! First, you will complete this audition form, then be sure to follow the link that will appear after you submit the form to select an audition time. We encourage you to sign up as early as possible!  Email Dr. Wyers ( with questions.

Register Now! UW Choral Festival of Excellence and Composers Workshop








Registration is Now Open for the University of Washington Choral Festival of Excellence, April 23, 2018. This year we also offer two composers workshops (April 22 and 24), to correspond with the teaching residencies of luminary composer/clinicians Jake Runestad and Eric William Barnum. Don’t miss this unparalleled opportunity for creative inspiration for yourself and your students! All information available on the Choral Festival Page.

University Chorale Cabaret: An “A’Choir-ed Taste”

Come enjoy the lighter side of University of Washington Chorale on Sunday, May 7th at 7 pm at the Ethnic Cultural Theater. An “A’Choir-ed Taste” is an annual cabaret concert and fundraiser, and will feature solos, duets, small ensembles, dance numbers and even comedy!  Be sure to purchase $3 tickets for the cabaret raffle at the event or from any Chorale member, with over $1000 worth of prizes, including:

-Chipotle Free Item Coupons (5x Free Meal Items, 5x Free Chips & Guacamole)-Two tickets to Seattle Symphony for events forthcoming in 2017 (exact dates noted on the coupon)
-4 MOPOP (Museum of Pop Culture) tickets
– 2 tickets to see 5th Avenue Theater’s Romy and Michelle’s HS Reunion on Thursday June 8 at 8 pm OR any performance from June 9 through 12.
-One month unlimited yoga classes at Core Power Yoga
-$50 Thai 65: Gift Certificate
-$20 MOD Pizza Gift Card
-3 $30 Netflix Gift Cards
-$50 Tom Douglas restaurants gift card
-HBO Swag: Game of Thrones DVD, blanket, bag, swag bag
-Piano Tuning Service by Wilson Charles
-1 Glassybaby and a tour for 10 people of the glassblowing facility from Glass Baby
-1 Hour Voice lesson from Zach Buker
-DBL Bluetooth Speaker
-Pet Basket from Eastside Dog
-$25 Earl’s on the Ave Gift Card
-Two tickets to Seattle Shakespeare Company’s Julius Caesar
-4 $5 Tea Republik Gift Cards


University of Washington at NAFME-Bellevue

Please come out and enjoy the following sessions offered by University of Washington faculty and students at NAFME 2017 in Bellevue, Washington!  

Friday, Feb. 17

9:50: Giselle Wyers: “Climbing the Great Wall: Singing in Chinese Dialects”

         Hyatt: Grand Ballroom J

9:50: Leann Conley-Holcom: “Gesture Without Pain: Injury Prevention for Conductors”

         Westin: Fort Peck

3:30: University of Washington Chorale Performance

         Hyatt: Grand Ballroom ABC

3:30: Panel with Laurie Cappello and Geoffrey Boers: “Adjudicating the Large-Group Choral Festival”
         Hyatt: Laurel

5:30: University of Washington reception

         Westin: Either the Lake Chelan Room, or Lake Washington A

Saturday, Feb. 18

12:30: Steve Morrison and Anita Kumar: “Conducting Matters: Shaping the Way We Hear Music”

         Hyatt: Grand Ballroom J

Sunday, Feb. 19

8:30: Bethany Grant-Rodriguez and Will Coppola: “Giving Recognition to Sociohistorical Significance in African-American Song”

         Hyatt: Cedar Ballroom

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!

Veteran’s Day in Spirit and Song

godblessstillimg_0811The University Singers and Men’s Glee Club had the opportunity to sing with the Husky Marching Band on Saturday, November 12, 2016 as part of the band’s Veteran’s Day 75th Remembrance of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The Husky Band performed a patriotic show including John Williams’ March from 1941, and Glenn Miller’s Chattanooga Choo-Choo. The show culminated with a medley of songs highlighting the Marines, Army, and Navy – all heavily affected by the events of December 7, 1941. The conclusion of the medley was God Bless America at which point the choirs took center field and joined their voices in tumultuous joy.

The University Singers and Men’s Glee Club are non-auditioned choirs at the University of Washington. Both choirs enjoyed the experience and look forward to other collaborations in the future. 

University Chorale Sings “TOGETHER”

14641985_10210142986987046_392176049226307915_nThe University of Washington Chorale is honored to be participating in the University of Washington’s most ambitious fund-drive to date, entitled TOGETHER.  The chorus will join members of the Columbia Choirs of Metropolitan Seattle Children’s Chorus, as well as dancers from the UW dance department. For information about attendance or to view a livestream of the event,visit

Photo at left features the two choruses in their technical rehearsal at HecEd Pavilion.

Estonian Independence Day Celebration

Estonian festival picUniversity of Washington Chamber Singers, Director of Choral Activities Geoffrey Boers, and UW graduate students and alumns in choral conducting performed at an Estonian Independence Day recognition ceremony in Odegaard Library last week. The celebration was a gathering of the Baltic Community, captured by UW TV, coinciding with the opening of a photo art exhibit celebrating the Song Festival UNESCO tradition in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Dr. Boers and Dr. Wyers combined a “tour choir” which combined to travel and perform in the 2014 Latvian Song Festival.  University of Washington has the only choral library collection of Baltic music in the US, established in 2005.

UW Choral Alums sing with Choral Arts Ensemble in White House

Obama and Choral Arts EnsembleChoral Arts Ensemble, one of the Pacific NW’s premiere semi-professional choruses directed by Dr. Robert Bode, received an official invitation to provide a private performance at the White House for President Obama, the First Lady and guests last month. The White House Social Office organized the event, utilizing the 2015 holiday season to showcase the best in American choral performance.

Twenty choirs were hand-selected from across the country to provide these performances, and Choral Arts was honored–not only to be the only choir from the Pacific Northwest invited– but also as the final choir in the series.

Matthew Blegen, DMA candidate at University of Washington, and Managing Director of the ensemble, spoke warmly of this opportunity: “The reception we performed as a part of was hosted by the Obamas and the White House staff for the Democratic National Committee and therefore it was a bit of a more star-studded affair than we expected. More exciting, it was an incredibly appreciative audience. We arrived expecting to be background music but were positioned where folks could just focus on our performance … we were treated like honored guests – particularly during our private meeting with the Obamas when they made an effort first and foremost to meet and thank each of us individually.”

Alums from the University of Washington choral program who sing regularly with Choral Arts ensemble include Matthew Blegen*, Adam Burdick, Becca Cantrell, Gary Cannon, Anneliese Johnson* (graduate of UW Law School), Melinda Schlimmer* and Phil Tschopp.  Those singers listed with an asterisk were able to participate in the White House event.  Congratulations to Robert Bode and the Choral Arts Ensemble!