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Monday, September 20
Tuesday, September 21
Wednesday, September 22
Friday, September 24
For an audition, call (805) 688-8314

Conductor:  Michel Marc Gervais
REHEARSALS: M W 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. , Music 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 has undertaken numerous international concert tours, and it has seven CD recordings to its credit.  Following a highly successful concert tour to Italy in 2009, this top choir will be celebrating its 15th anniversary this season.  Part of its celebrations will include travel to France in June/July 2011 for a major collaboration with the famous choir school Gervais founded at Notre-Dame Cathedral, which will also be celebrating its 20th anniversary!  Following a week-long residency in Paris, the choir will perform in the medieval city of Tours and serve as artist-in-residence for a three-day conducting academy, followed by concerts in the Romanesque city of Poitiers and the medieval city of Angoulême.  Join the UCSB Chamber Choir for an outstanding year of choral singing!

University Singers -
Conductor:  Helena von Rueden
REHEARSALS:  T  5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Music 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 2010-2011 season, the ensemble will be sharing its concerts with soloists of the Department of Music’s Voice Area, showcasing parallels between solo and choral writing throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.  The Fall Quarter will feature 19th century vocal music, including the rarely-heard the duets by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and Josef Gabriel Rheinberger’s beautiful Messe in Es, Op. 155, for women’s chorus and organ.  Join us for a great year of music-making!


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 between September 14-19 and ask for a choral audition.  If you miss the auditions, come to the first rehearsal of one of the groups and we may be able to set something up for you during the first week of classes.

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