The Women’s Chorus is the oldest continuously active choral ensembles at UT, performing since its formation in the 1920’s. While serious choral literature is always performed by this choir, the Women’s Chorus also includes lighter and more current music on its programs. They perform a joint concert each semester with the UT Men’s Chorus, participate in the annual Texas Choral Holiday Concert and Songs of the Season, and join the other UT choirs for special concerts. Around campus, the Women’s Chorus performs informally, such as singing the National Anthem at UT Women’s Basketball games and singing on the West Mall. Additionally, the Women’s Chorus participates each fall in the Texas Collegiate Women’s Chorus Festival held on various college campuses.
How to join
Singing in one of UT’s choral ensembles has been one of the largest student participating activities on campus for many years. Thousands of UT students have shared the experiences of preparing and presenting concerts to audiences of all kinds and sizes, and from these experiences they take away valuable musical memories and friendships. We would like to share some of these experiences with you while you attend The University of Texas at Austin. All UT choirs are open to any UT student, regardless of major or previous choral experience.
Scheduling an Audition
Every student, new or returning, must audition for membership, either through an individual audition with choral music faculty, or through a recall audition. Individual auditions for the fall semester will be held in August several days before the first class day. All those who would like to be part of a choral ensemble must have an audition.
To schedule an audition, students must sign up for a time slot; sign-up sheets are posted on the bulletin boards outside of MBE 2.116. Individual auditions for the fall semester will be held in August several days before the first class day.
NonMusic Majors: Elect the choral ensemble you would like to join in your schedule, then sign up for a non‐music major audition on the audition sheets in MBE. You do not need to prepare any music. The professors just ask that you warm your voice.
Music Majors: Elect the choral ensemble you would like to join in you schedule, then sign up for a music major audition. You do not need to prepare any music, the professors just ask that you warm your voice.
The 8-minute audition consists of vocalizations, pitch memory/recall, and sight-reading. Students are not required to have a prepared piece.
A preliminary list of audition results will be posted on the bulletin boards on Tuesday evening. This list includes call-back audition details. A final list will be posted that Friday. If your name doesn’t appear on the Tuesday list be sure to check the Friday list after all auditions have been completed.
Students may register for a choral ensemble at any time. However, some students who have registered prior to auditions may need to be placed in a different ensemble after auditioning. In this case, it is the student’s responsibility to make the appropriate changes during the ADD/DROP period as listed in the course schedule. Also, please note that when registering for Chamber Singers, Concert Chorale, or Choral Arts Society undergraduates must register under ENS 109 and graduate students must register under MUS 180K. Registration for all other choirs is under ENS 109 only.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Ensembles Office, MBE 2.116C
School of Music
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78712