WSU Concert Choir is our premiere auditioned choral ensemble. This is a mixed choir of about 40-48 singers who meet 4 times each week (M-T-W-Th at 2:10-3:00 p.m.) and perform approximately 3-5 times each semester. They sing music of all musical periods and styles, incorporating challenging, creative, and intriguing performance experiences. The ensemble generally tours within the region in the spring and embarks on international performance tours every 4-5 years, recently visiting South Korea, Russia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, and Germany. Lori Wiest, conductor.
Madrigal Chamber Singers is a select ensemble of 20 singers and meets twice a week (T, Th 12:00-1:15 p.m.). The mixed ensemble performs in Renaissance costume and traditionally performs music of the Renaissance and also other chamber music through musical history including a cappella pop genres. The Madrigal Chamber Singers perform on campus approximately 5 times each semester, and tour through the state of Washington as well as other opportunities including performances in Italy, Russia, Arizona, and California. Lori Wiest, conductor.
Opera Workshop is an auditioned organization. Fall semesters have typically been opera or musical theatre scenes in a workshop manner, allowing students varied performance opportunities and classroom knowledge regarding staging, makeup, costumes, set design, etc. Spring semesters alternate between musical theatre and opera productions. Recent productions include the opera Marriage of Figaro of Mozart and Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. Julie Wieck, director.
Treble Choir is a non-auditioned ensemble that meets twice a week (T, Th 3:10-4:00 p.m.). This ensemble performs repertoire for sopranos and altos of varying styles and genres on campus throughout the semester.
Tenor/Bass Choir is a non-auditioned ensemble that meets twice a week (T, Th 4:10-5:00 p.m.). This ensemble performs music of varying styles/genres and performs on campus throughout the semester. The Tenor/Bass Choir is also the ensemble in residence for the annual WSU Young Men In Song Festival.