Choirs

Choirs

The Humboldt State University music department proudly offers four choirs. The choirs are open to all Humboldt State University students, regardless of major. The choirs thrive on the unique dynamic of students with widely varying interests and majors coming together to express themselves through choral music. In each of the choirs students learn healthy vocal technique, musicianship and performance skills. Each choir performs in at least one concert per semester.

Humboldt Chorale, the largest of the ensembles, does not require an audition and is composed of students and community members. Madrigal Singers offers a solid choral experience in a smaller setting and requires a brief audition. University Singers gives more experienced singers the opportunity to focus on advanced repertoire and requires an audition. All of the above choirs perform a wide range of repertoire, including traditional music from the Renaissance through the 21st century, music from various cultures around the globe, as well as popular styles. The Mad River Transit Singers offers students with interest in jazz and talent for singing close harmonies to explore the diversity of jazz styles and the opportunity to sing in a choir of about 12-14 singers.

Please feel free to contact Dr. Rachel Samet with any questions you have about the choirs or to set up an audition. All auditions are friendly and are intended to help find the best HSU choir for you at this time. We invite you to join us!

Dr. Rachel Samet, Director of Choirs
rachel.samet@humboldt.edu

HUMBOLDT CHORALE - MUS 106/406N

Study and performance of choral music of all periods and diverse styles. No audition required.

Founded by Professor Emeritus Dr. Leland Barlow more than fifty years ago, the Humboldt Chorale explores a wide variety of choral literature, including music from various time periods and genres, from traditional to contemporary, as well as multicultural repertoire. The Humboldt Chorale consists of about 50-70 singers and is made up of students and community members. Each semester culminates with at least one performance at the end of the semester. The Humboldt Chorale will collaborate with the University Singers and Humboldt Symphony for a performance of Mozart's Regina coeli and other works in December 2018. The Humboldt Chorale meets Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:50 PM in Fulkerson Recital Hall.

MADRIGAL SINGERS - MUS 106/406V

Study and performance of choral music of all periods and diverse styles. Audition required.

Madrigal Singers is a choir of 20-30 singers and performs music from all styles and periods, including traditional choral music, music from various cultures around the globe, a cappella and accompanied pieces, and contemporary works. Students will learn healthy vocal production and musicianship within the context of the choral setting. Students perform in a concert at the end of each semester. No previous choral experience is necessary but a brief audition is required. Madrigal Singers meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00-1:50 PM in Fulkerson Recital Hall.

UNIVERSITY SINGERS - MUS 106/406B

Study and performance of choral music of all periods and diverse styles. Audition required.

University Singers, founded in 1992, is the premier choir at HSU. University Singers performs music from all styles and time periods, including traditional choral music, music from various cultures around the globe and contemporary works. University Singers represents the university and music department in performances and on campus, in the community, and tours throughout the state. University Singers is open to all students at the university by audition, and meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11:00-11:50 AM in Fulkerson Recital Hall. An audition testing voice quality and musicianship is required. Most students have previous choral experience.

MAD RIVER TRANSIT SINGERS (MRT) - MUSĀ  106/406F

Select vocal jazz ensemble. Audition required.

Mad River Transit Singers (MRT) provides singers the opportunity to sing vocal jazz. Members of MRT are exposed to a wide variety of styles within the genre of vocal jazz. Students work toward the development of the ear and voice to accommodate the uniquely close harmonies and unconventional chordal voicings which help define the genre. Proper vocal technique is taught to create a unified choral sound. Training is given in sound reinforcement and microphone technique. The group performs at least once on campus during the semester, and often performs within the community as well. The group is currently treble voices only (sopranos and altos). An audition testing vocal quality, musicianship and understanding of the style is required. Mad River Transit Singers meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00-2:20 PM.