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UCSB CHOIR AUDITIONS

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UCSB CHAMBER CHOIR * Conductor: Michel Marc Gervais
REHEARSALS: M W 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. * Music Room 1145
First Rehearsal: Mon., October 1 at 5 p.m., Room 1145
Music A36 * A136 * A236
This outstanding ensemble of music majors and non-majors comprises 34 of the best singers from the UCSB campus. Specializing in virtuosic a cappella choral music from the Renaissance to the 20th century, it has collaborated with the Ericson Chamber Choir from Stockholm, Madrigalchor Kiel from Germany, the SB Chamber Orchestra, the SB Symphony and the Asia-America Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles. It was featured in a 3-hour Swedish Television documentary on the legendary choral master Eric Ericson and, in May of this year, at the Ascending Voice II festival at Pepperdine University. The Chamber Choir presents quarterly concerts in Santa Barbara, it undertakes frequent international concert tours, and has ten CD recordings to its credit. The choir completed a highly successful concert tour in France in summer 2011, where it undertook a major collaboration at Notre-Dame Cathedral with the famous choir school Gervais founded there 20 years ago!

WOMEN’S CHORUS
Conductor: Michael Vitalino
REHEARSALS: T 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. * Music Room 1145
First Rehearsal: Tues., October 2 at 5 p.m., Room 1145
Music A37 * A137 * A237
A dynamic group of music majors and non-majors, the Women’s Chorus offers a great opportunity to sing and make music with new friends from a wide array of backgrounds. This popular ensemble draw its membership from some 20 departments across campus. The chorus performs the main repertory for women’s voices, including a cappella and accompanied works, often with unusual combinations of instruments. It has been featured on three CD recordings with the UCSB Chamber Choir, including Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. During the 2012-2013 season, the ensemble will be sharing its concerts with the UCSB Chamber Choir.
Its fall concert will feature seasonal works by German composers Kropfreiter, Lübeck, Koerpen and Distler. Join us for a great year of music-making!

FAQ

Do I have to be a music major?
Absolutely not! Both music majors and non-majors from some 20 departments on campus sing in the choirs.

Should I be afraid of the audition?
Absolutely not! The audition is short (10 min.) and simple. We just need to hear your voice and evaluate your reading level so that we can place you in the choir that is a good match for you. Nothing complicated, and probably nothing you’ve never done before. If you’ve never sung in a choir, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is. Simply show up with your voice, that’s all!

Do I need to read music?
Yes. The choirs use scores and do not learn by rote.
However, don’t try to second-guess your level or let your fears deter you from trying out, because each choir has a different level and the audition helps us orient you to the group which best suits your abilities.

What is the age range in the choirs?
The choirs include all levels of undergraduate, masters and doctoral students, and even post-docs, faculty and staff. The mixture is great, and it works because what motivates us is our love of music and singing!

How do I sign up?
Call (805) 688-8314 before September 27 and ask for a choral audition. If you miss the auditions, come to the first rehearsal of one of the groups and we will set something up for you during the first week of classes.

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