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August 2018

Dear Students,

Welcome to an exciting year in the CMU School of Music. I hope
you are looking forward to significant music making!

CMU Chorus freshmen and sophomore voice majors, other Music
School students and all other CMU students will find the sign up
on my office door, MM 124, by August 20th. Consideration for
the CMU Singers will be included in these auditions.

Please recruit your non-voice major friends who may be interested
in auditioning for the CMU Chorus this year (altos, tenors and
basses, only please!) You can have them email me directly, or even
give me their names and I will contact them.

The Festival Chorus, which includes the junior and senior voice
majors, will be singing:

Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols and other selections for the
Holiday Concert, December 6 and 7th. Auditions for the solos will
be announced later.
Beethoven Symphony #9 with Maestro Maximiano Valdés,
February 24th.
Orff’s Carmina Burana Africana on April 28th with the WVU
African Drumming Ensemble and dancers. (Freshmen and
Sophomore chorus only)

CMU Chorus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30pm to 4:50pm
CMU Singers Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00pm to 5:50pm
CMU Festival Chorus Tuesday-Fridays from 3:30-5:50 as
announced

Course Description

57-419 Chorus


The CMU Chorus is a SATB group of all freshman and sophomore
voice majors, other music majors, and University students from
other schools on campus. The Chorus performs two concerts with
the CMU Philharmonic as the Festival Chorus, which includes
junior and senior voice majors: the Holiday concert and the
Winter Oratorio concert with a prominent guest conductor. The
Chorus also performs a spring concert. Recently, they performed a
concert of Spirituals and Famous Opera Choruses, the
arrangements of Robert Page, and the live soundtrack for the
showing of the silent film, The Passion of Joan of Arc.
Membership is by audition.

57-422 Singers

The CMU Singers is a specialized group of 12-16 singers, who
are also members of the CMU Chorus, who perform music written
especially for a small vocal ensemble. These students must
demonstrate an advanced level of vocal ability and musicianship to
handle the most challenging of vocal repertory suitable for young
singers. Membership will be determined by the CMU Chorus
audition.

Audition requirements

*Freshman Voice majors will sing a piece of their choice. It is
recommended that you choose one of the auditions pieces used to
enter the voice department at CMU.

*Sophomore Voice majors will sing a piece from their most recent
voice jury.

*Music majors and non-music students will prepare a song of their
choice with a fully realized piano accompaniment.

*All students will be required to sight-read. Vocalization may
also be required. Please dress appropriately.

Auditions for the CMU Choruses will take place on Tuesday and
Thursday, August 28th and 30th from 3:30-6:00 pm in MM 119.
Sign up sheets are posted outside the office, MM 124. The first
rehearsal of the CMU Chorus will be on Tuesday, September 4th.

Sincerely,
Professor Douglas
thom@andrew.cmu.edu


Click Here to Download the 2018-2019 Chorus Syllabus