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Concert Choir MUS 431 (UCORE-ARTS) is our premier auditioned choral ensemble. This is an SATB choir which meets 4 times each week (Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs at 2:10-3:00 p.m.) and performs approximately 3-5 times each semester. They sing music of all musical periods and styles, and produce challenging, creative, and intriguing experiences. The ensemble generally tours within the region in the spring and embarks on international performance tours every 4-5 years. Concert Choir has been invited to perform at the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria, in August 2023. Dean Luethi, conductor. Concert Choir meet Monday through Thursday from 2:10 – 3:00 pm.
Opera Workshop MUS 428 (UCORE-ARTS) is an auditioned ensemble which performs both opera and musical theatre. Each fall the ensemble presents a production of operatic scenes and/or one-act operas. For Family Weekend in the spring, a full production is presented, rotating between opera and musical theatre, accompanied by the WSU Symphony Orchestra. In the summer of 2002 the ensemble added a now annual summer musical theatre production to its offerings on campus. Julie Wieck, director. Opera Workshop meets in the fall M, W 3:10 – 5pm and in the spring M, W 3:10 – 6pm.
Chamber Singers MUS 433 (UCORE-ARTS) is a new small auditioned vocal ensemble whose repertoire includes jazz, a cappella, popular, folk, and small ensemble vocal music from all eras. This ensemble performs both on and off campus each year and engages an annual recording project in the WSU Recording Studio (4th Floor Studios). Singers in the WSU Chamber Singers are asked to commit to the entire year of singing in the ensemble. Members must also sing, concurrently, in another WSU voice area ensemble. Dean Luethi, director. Chamber Singers meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:10 – 1:25.
University Singers MUS 432 (UCORE-ARTS) is WSU’s non-auditioned SATB choir. The ensemble strives toward excellence in all styles of choral music and presents at least three performances each semester. The group regularly collaborates with Concert Choir, Treble Choir and Symphony Orchestra. Membership in the University Singers is open to students of all majors across campus. University Singers has been invited to perform at the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria, in August 2023. Matthew Myers, conductor. University Singers meets MWF from 1:10–2:00 pm.
Treble Choir MUS 430 (UCORE-ARTS) is WSU’s non-auditioned choir for upper voices: soprano or alto. The ensemble performs music from all periods from Renaissance to contemporary and performs at least three times a semester. Treble Choir celebrates the beauty and unique timbres available for upper voices. Membership in the Treble Choir is open to students of all majors across campus. Treble Choir will perform at the Northwest Division conference of the National Association for Music Education in February 2023 and has been invited to perform at the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria, in August 2023. Matthew Myers, conductor. Treble Choir meets Tuesday and Thursday from 3:10-4:00 pm.