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
- Voice placement
- 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
The Chorale audition consists of:
- Voice Placement
- Solo Performance
- Aural / Melodic Retention Exam
- Musical Literacy / Sight
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 (MTuTh 12:30-1:20pm) for rehearsal. The University
Chorale meets twice each week (F 12:30-1:20pm 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.