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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. Opportunities abound to perform locally and to travel regionally, nationally, and internationally. In February 2020, the Radford Singers traveled to New York City to sing on the highly acclaimed Carnegie Hall stage.
All ensembles sing socially conscious and culturally diverse musics in themed concerts, which often focus on social justice issues of our time. It is expected that every singer spend time outside of the guided rehearsal practicing their part. Rehearsal is not for learning pitches and rhythms, rather for learning how to listen and collaborate with other singers and for the in-depth study of the DNA of each musical work. Accommodations are made for all levels of reading abilities.
University Chorus: MUSC 311, meets Monday, 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. All incoming voice majors are required to sing in this ensemble. Previous choir experience recommended but not required.
Chorale: MUSC 312, meets Tuesday/Thursday, 2 - 3:15 p.m.
Chorale is an auditioned ensemble open to all soprano, alto, tenor and bass voice students in the university. Each semester focuses on folk songs and vernacular music from many cultures and includes one or two performance opportunities a semester.
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 culturally diverse musics. 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.
How to Join?
University Chorus 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 Chorale and Radford Singers take place during finals week the spring semester prior to the following school year. Exceptions are made on a case by case basis. Please email Dr. Bowen for more information.
*Music majors and others who wish to audition for Chorale or Radford Singers should first register for MUSC311 and keep the slot open in their schedules for Chorale or Radford Singers. (Instrumental majors can still sing in Radford Singers even though the time overlaps with Wind Ensemble