College of Fine Arts and Design

Choirs

Everyone has a voice at the University of Central Oklahoma.

UCO has an ensemble for any person who enjoys singing and would like to create music as one cooperative voice. The UCO Choral Society is comprised of five major ensembles which offers opportunities for singers of all levels of interest and ability: Concert Chorale, Chamber Singers, Cantilena (Women’s Chorus), Concert Choir, and the Edmond Community Chorale as well as smaller ensembles, as the need requires.

Choral scholarships are available for those who qualify.  For more information, please contact Dr. Karl Nelson, Director of Choral Studies, at knelson15@uco.edu.

Auditions

Auditions for the 2014 Fall semester choral ensembles will be held August 12 – 15, 2014 in Music Building 208. To schedule an audition, contact Dr. Karl Nelson at knelson15@uco.edu.
The audition will consist of the following:

  • Vocal Range Test - Sing arpeggios down and up the scale on an open vowel to check for range.
  • Tonal Memory - Sing short melodies on a neutral syllable, which are demonstrated on the piano.
  • Chord Exercises * - A chord will be played on the piano and you will be requested to sing either the root, third, fifth or seventh of the chord.
  • Sightreading ** - Sing a short, eight measure melody.  You will be given 60 seconds to review and practice during the audition before the evaluation.
  • Prepared Piece - Sing a piece of your choice, a cappella.  Please try to choose something which shows the best qualities of your voice.

*     indicates a requirement for Chamber Singers only
**   indicates a requirement for Concert Chorale, Cantilena and Chamber Singers only

Choral Ensembles

Concert Chorale
MPER 3111
Dr. Karl Nelson, Director 
The Concert Chorale was created in 1992 to sing the highest quality choral literature from all style periods. As UCO's premier choral ensemble, the Concert Chorale is chosen each year from the UCO student population, including majors and non-majors.  Members of this ensemble have performed at the 2012, 2010 and 2009 Oklahoma Music Educators Conferences, the 2010 College Music Society National Conference in Minneapolis, MN, and three international tours (Italy, 1999, 2008, and Ireland, 2001). In July 2014, the Concert Chorale will be performing throughout Brazil, highlighted by their participation as an invited ensemble in the Campina Grande International Music Festival. They have also toured Texas, Louisiana, Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado, and Missouri as well as Oklahoma.

Performances include Messiah by G.F Handel, Music of Duke Ellingtons’ Sacred Concerts, Ein Deutches Requiem, Op. 45 by Johannes Brahms, Requiem, Op. 9 by Maurice Duruflé, The Creation by Franz Joseph Haydn, Requiem in D Minor, KV 626 by W. A. Mozart, Gloria by Francis Poulenc, Hymn to St. Cecilia, Op. 27 by Benjamin Britten, Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106 by J. S. Bach, Liebeslieder Walzer, Op. 52 by Johannes Brahms, and Magnificat by Halsey Stevens.

Concert Chorale meets MWF 12:30 to 1:50 p.m. in Music Building 135.  For additional information about the Concert Chorale please contact Dr. Nelson at knelson15@uco.edu.

Sample recordings of the UCO Concert Chorale in concert:

Nicolette from Trois Chansons by Maurice Ravel
Salvator mundi from Requiem by Herbert Howells

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Chamber Singers
MPER 2181
Dr. Karl Nelson, Director

The Chamber Singers performing group was created in 1986 to provide a chamber ensemble experience for students at UCO.  In addition to its traditional a cappella literature, the Chamber Singers perform a Vocal Jazz Concert at the UCO Jazz Lab each semester, showcasing the variety of literature available for small vocal ensembles. They have performed extensively in the surrounding area including Kansas City, Dallas, New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming, as well as many performances each year in the Oklahoma City/Edmond area.  Recent performances have included music by Giovanni da Palestrina, Thomas Tallis, Tomás Luis da Victoria, Paul Hindemith, Jan Sandström, and Morten Lauridsen, as well as George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, and Thomas "Fats" Waller.

The Chamber Singers meet TTh 12:30 to 1:50 p.m. in Music Building 135.  For additional information about the Chamber Singers please contact Dr. Nelson at knelson15@uco.edu.

Sample recordings of the Chamber Singers in concert:

O Magnum Mysterium by Francis Poulenc
Waltz for Debby arranged by Peder Karlsson
Lullaby of Birdland arranged by Paris Rutherford

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Cantilena
MPER 2141
Dr. Darla Eshelman, Director

The University of Central Oklahoma women’s choir, Cantilena, is an auditioned performance group designed to enhance the skills of developing musicians through the choral genre. Repertoire is chosen that incorporates many styles of choral music including small octavos and larger works. Emphasis is placed on nurturing reading skills and honing awareness of musical form, stylistic characteristics, and musical ensemble performance. As the women help build a “culture of singing” at UCO, they foster a community of beautiful music in a positive environment.  Recent performances include the Oklahoma premiere of Betty Bertaux’s “Sing On, along with world premieres of “Time Flies On Wings of Lightning” an original composition by Dr. Darla Esheman, written specifically for the women of Cantilena, and an arrangement of the well known spiritual “Wade in the Water” written by local high school music educator Reuben Green.

Cantilena meets MWF 11:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. in Music Building 135.  For additional information about Cantilena please contact Dr. Eshelman at deshelman@uco.edu or Dr. Nelson at knelson15@uco.edu.

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Concert Choir
MPER 2111
Dr. Karl Nelson, Director  

The Concert Choir is open to all students of the University of Central Oklahoma, regardless of major.  This ensemble is designed to perform choral music of all styles, and enrich the musical lives of UCO students.   

The Concert Choir meets MW 4:00 to 4:50 p.m. in Music Building 135.  For additional information about the Concert Choir, please contact Dr. Nelson at knelson15@uco.edu.

Edmond Community Chorale
MPER 2101
Dr. Karl Nelson, Director

The Edmond Community Chorale (ECC) was created as a "town and gown" ensemble in 1988 to fulfill an invitation to sing with John Rutter in New York City's Carnegie Hall and to fill a need in Edmond for a community choir. Open to all community singers and students by audition, the ECC sings high quality major works from all style periods, with and without orchestral accompaniment. Members from the ECC have made up the core of the ensemble that sang at the Sienna International Choral Festival in Sienna, Italy in 1999 and performed six concerts in Ireland and England in 2001. They have performed annually for the Mayor's Tree Lighting and Essay Contest and performed for the nationally prominent 4th of July celebration in 2002. They performed once again with John Rutter at Carnegie Hall in May 2010 and are preparing to perform for The Festival of the Agean in Syros, Greece in July 2013. ECC has recently collaborated with the UCO Concert Chorale, Cantilena, UCO Symphony Orchestra, UCO Chamber Orchestra and UCO Jazz Band I.

The Edmond Community Chorale meets Tuesday nights, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Music Building 135.  For additional information about the Edmond Community Chorale, visit their website at www.edmondcommunitychorale.org or contact Dr. Nelson at knelson15@uco.edu. Back to Top

Remaining Choral Concert Schedule

Vocal Jazz Concert
Enjoy a delightful evening of jazz standards performed by soloists and the Chamber Singers.  Guaranteed to put a smile on your face!  

Thursday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m.
UCO Jazz Lab
Tickets: $10
Call (405) 359-7989 to reserve seats  
 

Masterworks Concert
Join us for an eclectic night of choral music performed by three ensembles.  Enjoy the youthful vitality of the Young Choirs of Central Oklahoma, directed by Dr. Darla Eshelman.  The UCO Concert Chorale will perform mostly American music that will be performed for their upcoming concert tour to Brazil, highlighted by the world premiere of “The Winding Way” by Samuel Magrill.  The Edmond Community Chorale will celebrate the close of their 25th season with Schicksalslied (The Song of Fate) by Johannes Brahms and The Prayers of Kierkegaard by Samuel Barber.  

Saturday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Mitchell Hall Theatre
Tickets: Adults $8, Senior Citizens and UCO Faculty & Staff $6, UCO Students $4
Call (405) 974-3375 for ticket information