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Everyone has a voice at the University of Central Oklahoma.
The UCO Choral Society is comprised of four major ensembles which offers opportunities for singers of all levels of interest and ability: Concert Chorale, Chamber Singers, Cantilena (Women), and the Edmond Community Chorale as well as smaller ensembles, as the need requires.
In 1988 the Choral Division was reorganized to give the singers more opportunity to perform a larger variety and a higher quality of music. During the fall of that year the University Choir was reorganized into the Concert Chorale, and the Edmond Community Chorale was created. In 1992 the Concert Choir was created and in 2002 reorganized into a men's group (Cantare) and a women's group (Cantilena, formerly Choriste). Each year these ensembles perform a minimum of four major concerts on campus and surrounding area including mid fall and spring concerts, Christmas with the UCO Choral Division and, at the end of the year, the collaborative Masterworks Concert. Members of the ensembles have taken three international tours (Italy 1999 and 2008 and Ireland 2001) and they are in the planning stages for their fourth to Greece in July 2013.
UCO has an ensemble for any person wishing to sing. For information about the ensembles or Choral Scholarships please contact Choral Director Dr. Karl Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org
For Audition dates for Concert Choir (MPER 2111), Cantilena (MPER 2141), Chamber Choir (MPER 2181) and Edmond Community Chorale (MPER 2101), contact Dr. Karl Nelson at email@example.com.
What to expect:
Please arrive at least 10 minutes early to complete an audition form.
Auditions will be held in Dr. Nelson's office, room 208 of the Music Building.
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 Exercies (Chamber Singers only) - 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.
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). They have also toured Texas, Louisiana, Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado, and Missouri as well as Oklahoma.
Recent performances include 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.
For information about the Concert Choir please contact Dr. Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Karl Nelson, Director
The Chamber Singers performing groupwas created in 1986 to provide a chamber ensemble experience for students atUCO. In addition to its traditional a cappella literature, the ChamberSingers perform a Vocal Jazz Concert at the UCO Jazz Lab each semester,showcasing the variety of literature available for small vocal ensembles. Theyhave performed extensively in the surrounding area including Kansas City,Dallas, New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming, as well as many performances eachyear in the Oklahoma City/Edmond area. Recent performances have includedmusic by Giovanni da Palestrina, Thomas Tallis, Tomás Luis da Victoria, PaulHindemith, Jan Sandström, and Morten Lauridsen, as well as George Gershwin, DukeEllington, Johnny Mercer, and Thomas "Fats" Waller.
For information about the ChamberSingers please contact Dr. Nelson at email@example.com.
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.
Edmond Community Chorale
Dr. Karl Nelson, Director
The Edmond Community Chorale 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.
For information about the Edmond Community Chorale please contact Dr. Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.