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University Singers Defined

The University Singers is the primary class in applied music at Oglethorpe; as a co-curricular offering it carries one semester hour of credit which may be applied to any degree offered at the University.   The Singers functions dually as a class for the study and performance of significant choral literature, as well as an educational organization providing musical experiences of cultural value and intrinsic worth to the performer and listener alike. Additionally, the Singers serve as both academic and cultural representatives of the University.  Since the University Chorale is drawn from the Singers, it is similarly so defined.


After acceptance to the University, application for membership in the University Singers must be made to the Director of Musical Activities.  Registration for Music 134: University Singers is by the instructor's permission only. In order to be admitted, all candidates must complete a qualifying audition consisting of:

  • Voice placement
  • Intonation
  • Melodic Retention

If the audition is completed successfully and if a vacancy exists in the specific voice part auditioned, admission follows.

Once accepted, any member of the Singers may audition for the highly-select University Chorale; no additional registration is necessary.  Hearings for vacancies are held at the first of each semester.  Being selected for the Chorale is a distinct honor and is based on the quality of the audition, the singer's ability and the need for a particular voice in any given ensemble. Participation in Chorale is reported as part of the Singer's grade.

The Chorale audition consists of:

  • Voice Placement
  • Solo Performance
  • Aural / Melodic Retention Exam
  • Musical Literacy / Sight Reading Exam

Requirements and Expectations

In order to enjoy the rights, privileges and honors of membership in the Singers, a member must remain in good standing academically, socially, and spiritually. This assumes a willingness to work "in ensemble" with other Singers to fulfill all responsibilities to the best of one's abilities - and with a positive spirit and attitude.

The University Singers meets three days each week (M, Tu, Th and F 1:15-2:05 pm) for rehearsal. The University Chorale meets twice each week (F 1:15-2:05 plus one additional rehearsal to be set by the membership).  There is one dress rehearsal prior to each major performance.

The basic performance schedule for both University Singers and Chorale follows:

  • Fall semester regularly includes two a Fall Concert and a seasonal concert for the University's annual Boar's Head Ceremony, along with occasional shorter concerts both on and off campus.
  • Spring semester regularly includes a Spring Concert plus university-wide convocations, and occasional shorter concerts both on and off campus.
  • A calendar of out-of-class requirements is issued at the first of each semester.
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