The ESU Choral Department offers a wide variety of opportunities for students to participate in music making, an enriching experience that complements your education, no matter what your major area of study may be. If you have a musical background, such as church choir, middle or high school choir, instrumental experience, or perhaps you just want to learn to sing, then there is a place for you in one of ESU’s choirs.
You will meet people from virtually every major academic discipline, continue your vocal development, and build lasting friendships and memories. Singing in one of the ensembles will be a wonderful musical experience as well as a welcome change from all of your academic classes.
Q. I’m worried about fitting an ensemble into my schedule. Can I make it work?
A. Yes. Major ensembles, A Cappella Choir and Community Chorus: Women’s and Men’s, meet 3.3 hours per week. Chamber Singers has two 50 minute rehearsals per week. Each ensemble typically performs two major concerts per semester. Interestingly, many of our students participate in more than one choral ensemble, as it is a welcome change of pace from academia.
Q. How many credits is the ensemble and does it count towards my GPA and degree?
A. Each ensemble is 1 credit; the course grade counts towards your GPA and toward the General Education requirements for all degrees.
Q. Do non-music majors sing in the choral ensembles?
A. Yes! In fact even the most select ensembles are approximately 30-35% non-music majors. Overall about 40% of the participants are non-music majors. The size and popularity of our choral program simply reflects the exceptional character and ability of the student body, and means that our singers are able to be a part of music making at the highest level.
Q. Are there auditions?
A. This varies from ensemble to ensemble. The men’s and women’s sections of Community Choir are open enrollment so an audition is not required. Simply enroll as you would in any other class.
Auditions, however, are required for A Cappella Choir and Chamber Singers. The audition consists of (a) several vocalizes to assess range, tessitura, voice quality and vocal technique skills; (b) six to seven short tonal patterns to assess the ear; and (c) sight singing to assess reading skills. Auditions will be held two days prior to the start of classes. Sign up for an audition time in Beach Hall, Room 302 or contact Dr. Krueger at 620-341-5436 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. What is the cost of participating in an ensemble?
Students in A Cappella Choir and Chamber Singers are asked to provide their performance attire, a proscribed black dress for women and tuxedo for men. Special group prices are available for the garments and used dresses are usually available. Students in the Men’s and Women’s section of Community Chorus are expected to purchase their own choral octavos (approximately $20) and wear a dark suit or and appropriate long black dress/black dress slacks and long sleeve black top.
Q. Are private lessons available?
A. Yes. These can be arranged with the appropriate teacher in the department. Students must be enrolled in a choir in order to take private lessons.
Q. Is it fun?
A. Yes! Our students have a great time. It is hard work, but the musical and social rewards are well worth it. Come check us out. You’ll like what you see.
ESU's premiere choral ensemble is an auditioned mixed ensemble comprised of 38-44 singers from all fields of study. They share an ability and love for music, especially singing. Noted for its innovative and versatile programming the singers pride themselves in singing challenging and diverse choral repertoire from all historical eras and many cultures.
In May 2010, the choir toured England, singing concerts at St. Paul Cathedral and St. James Piccadilly Church in London, among other venues. Other international tours include England, France, and Germany (1989), Austria and Czechoslovakia (1992), Spain and France (1996), Denmark and Sweden (2001), and Italy, Switzerland and Austria (2006).
In addition, the choir was invited, through competitive auditions, to sing at the Southwestern Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association (1980) and the Kansas Music Educators Convention (1985, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1999, 2003, 2008, and 2010).
This course offers one hour of ensemble credit and counts toward General Education requirements for all degrees. Auditions will be held two days prior to the start of classes. Sign up for an audition time in Beach Hall, Room 302 or contact Dr. Krueger at 620-341-5436 or email@example.com.
Please also check out the A Cappella Choir RSO website.
Composed of community and university members from all walks of life, the Community Chorus, a non-auditioned ensemble, has grown to approximately 100 singers who share a common love for the singing of great choral music. The repertoire is as diverse as the membership. Whether singing a classical motet or a song from American musical theater, the choir receives enthusiastic responses for their remarkable artistry and distinctive style.
The chorus has collaborated with the Community Orchestra to perform outstanding choral-orchestral works and has been featured in the Madison Concert Series.
This course offers one hour of ensemble credit and counts toward General Education requirements for all degrees.
The ESU Chamber Singers is comprised of 12-16 members of the A Cappella Choir who are chosen for their vocal and sight-reading abilities. The ensemble specializes in chamber music ranging from the Renaissance to the present. The singers must be academically astute as they also participate in one or more of ESU’s other ensembles. Every year the ESU Chamber Singers perform at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival in Bonner Springs, KS and are also featured in the Madrigal Dinner sponsored by the ESU A Cappella Choir every November.
This course offers one hour of ensemble credit. Auditions will be held two days prior to the start of classes. Sign up for an audition time in Beach Hall, Room 302 or contact Dr. Krueger at 620-341-5436 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Carol Krueger, conductor
Emporia Camerata, an auditioned women’s chamber ensemble, is comprised of 12-15 singers from the greater Emporia community who are chosen for their vocal and sight-singing abilities. Noted for its innovative and versatile programming, the singers pride themselves in singing challenging and diverse repertoire from all historical eras and many cultures.