Sing in a Tell School Choir!

University Choir MWF 12-12:50, Biemesderfer, WVPAC 101

University Chorale TTh 2:30-4:00, Biemesderfer, WVPAC 101

Cantilena Women’s Choir MW 5:30-7, Biemesderfer, WVPAC 101

(Scroll down for descriptions and video highlights of each choir.)

Questions: Contact Dr. Jeffrey S. Gemmell (jeffrey.gemmell@millersville.edu)

ALL ensembles are open to ALL students, regardless of major. University Choir requires an audition for NEW students only. All members of Chorale must re-audition. No audition is required for Women’s Choir. More information is available outside of Dr. Gemmell’s office, WVPAC 222.

Choral Syllabus (Brief Version):

Auditions and First Week of Rehearsals:

Rehearsals start immediately during the first week of classes on Monday, 8/23. Whether you’ve auditioned or not – and remember Women’s Choir does not require an audition – you should attend ALL rehearsals of the ensembles you would like to join during the first week. This way you can learn more about the repertoire to be learned, the organization, the total program, and the commitment involved.

Be sure to sign up for an audition by Friday, 8/27. Choir lists will be posted by Monday, 8/30.

Auditioning for a Millersville Choral Ensemble.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Read the concert schedule and abbreviated syllabus provided below to make sure you can commit to a choral ensemble and perform on the Fall concert dates (Saturday, 11/7; Thursday thru Sunday, 12/2-12/5).
  2. Sign up for a 10-minute audition slot that is convenient for you. Auditions will be held in person or via Zoom (your choice). Submitting a video is possible for the solo portion of the audition, but all other phases must be accomplished in person or via Zoom. Please consider a time within the following blocks, if possible:
    • Tuesday, 8/24: 1pm – 2:10pm
    • Wednesday, 8/25: 10:30am – 11:40am ; 4:00-5:00pm
    • Thursday, 8/26: 12:30pm – 2:10pm
    • Friday, 8/27: 11:00am – 2:00pm

            Sign up for your audition by emailing Dr. Gemmell or by clicking the Sign-Up Genius link here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4CAFAA2CABFDCE9-muchoirs

3. Complete the Choral Audition Form below.

4. The Interview-Audition will take place in Dr. Gemmell’s office (WVPAC 222). Please bring the completed audition sheet to your audition. The audition procedure includes:

                        a) Sing a simple song or, for Chorale, a prepared selection in your preferred style

                        b) Vocalize to demonstrate your range

                        c) Echo sing tonal patterns to check your ear

                        d) Sight read a choral part to check your music reading ability

NEW members are welcome and encouraged to join all choirs.

Previous experience is helpful, but not required. Come join the fun!!

More information?  Contact:  Dr. Jeffrey Gemmell (jeffrey.gemmell@millersville.edu)

MU Choir Descriptions and Video Highlights    

Remember: ALL choirs are OPEN to ALL students!

University Choir (MWF 12-12:50 pm) is an auditioned ensemble of 60-80 members that explores a diverse repertoire of exciting vocal music from around the world. From the Renaissance to Contemporary Periods, this ensemble concentrates on challenging choral repertoire of the highest quality. An infinite variety of songs and enjoyable juxtaposition of styles is a common theme of all concerts.

University Chorale (TTh 2:30-4:00 pm) is a very select ensemble with a maximum of 30 members, the majority of which are upper class voice majors. The main focus of this choir is to create innovative performances of sophisticated mixed-choir literature that is varied in style, international in scope, and universal in theme. Just recently, the ensemble performed the U.S. premiere of Oscar Navarro’s The Seven Trumpets with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, performed in concert with musical theater legend Patti LuPone, and performed Mozart’s Coronation Mass to rave reviews!

Cantilena Women’s Choir (MW 5:30-7 pm) is a chamber ensemble specializing in music written for their specific choral instrument. All students are welcomed and there is ample opportunity for student direction. Repertoire is supremely varied with many opportunities to perform on and off campus.

Choral Union is the name given to the exciting (and large) choir that emerges when all of the above ensembles perform together in concert. This practice is most common for the “Glorious Sounds” concert, but also occurs regularly in Fall and Spring concerts.

Choral Highlights of Virtual GSS 2020