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Choral music thrives at Radford University, with three ensembles performing a wide variety of music throughout the year in the beautiful acoustics of the Covington Center for the Visual and Performing Arts Performance. Additionally, there is an annual Christmas performance at the historic architectural and acoustical splendor of St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church in Roanoke and multiple opportunities to travel regionally, nationally, and internationally.
University Chorus: MUSC 145, meets Monday evening, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m..
University Chorus is a self-selected ensemble open to the entire Radford Community including professors, students, staff, and community members living in the New River Valley. Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass voices are all welcome. Each semester focuses on one large Masterwork from the classical canon and concludes with a performance with an orchestra. Previous choir experience recommended.
Chorale: MUSC 147, meets Tuesday/Thursday, 2 - 3:15 p.m..
Chorale is a self-selected ensemble open to all soprano and alto voices in the university. Each semester focuses on folk songs and vernacular music from many cultures and includes one or two performance opportunities a semester. No prior singing experience necessary.
Radford Singers: MUSC 456, Meets Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 2- 3:15 p.m..
Radford Singers is an auditioned ensemble open to all soprano, alto, tenor, and bass voices in the university. Each semester focuses on a varied repertoire of music from the classical canon, music by living composers, and multicultural music. This ensemble performs multiple times per semester, regularly singing in the community and travelling to sing regionally, nationally, and internationally. A year-long commitment is expected when auditioning for Radford Singers.
Contemporary A Cappella Music: Acabellas (treble clef singers) and Low Key (bass clef singers)
Members of Chorale, University Chorus, and Radford Singers may audition to perform contemporary a cappella music in a small ensemble setting.
How to Join?
University Chorus and Women’s Chorale is open to anyone who wants to join. Simply register for the class, and come to Covington 138 on the first day of classes.
*Auditions for Radford Singers are held the first week of classes. Information and audition sign-up can be found here: http://tiny.cc/radfordsingers
*Music majors and others who wish to audition for Radford Singers should first register for MUSC145 or MUCS147 and also try to keep the slot open in their schedules for Radford Singers (MWF 2 - 3:15 p.m.). Instrumental majors can still sing in Radford Singers even though the time overlaps with Wind Ensemble