Sing at OSU

We’re still singing at OSU, and the experience of joining together in song has never been more vital to the human spirit.  The OSU choral and vocal program has developed an excellent reputation on a national level through the success of our alumni – who are teaching music in schools throughout the Pacific Northwest and across the country at all levels from elementary music through higher education. Graduates have gone on to study at prominent programs for music education, conducting, and vocal performance across the nation such as the University of Southern California, Louisiana State University, Michigan State University, Manhattan School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the University of Texas, and more.  

The long tradition of excellence in singing at OSU continues to enhance the university experience for so many students. With each new school year, the award-winning OSU choirs present a season of singing second to none, including international music tours, invitations to national and international conferences, and exciting new music by some of our country’s most exciting composers. At Oregon State there is a choir for every singer with every level of vocal ability and the opportunity to work with expert faculty who offer a wealth of experience.

Making Singing Safe: Covid-19 Protocols

Oregon State University plans to have in-person rehearsals for all choirs this fall, using research-supported safety protocols, approved by health authorities and OSU administrators. 

Rehearsal plans for all choirs:

  • Using singer’s masks for ease, comfort, and safety.
  • Outdoors in the comfort of the SEC Plaza at the heart of the OSU campus.
  • Socially distanced. 
  • 30-minute rehearsals with 10-minute intervals to allow for air exchange.
  • Online sectional rehearsals.
  • Online participation possible for all choirs.

Auditions are anticipated to be all held  online to protect singers and support a safe and positive atmosphere.  Students should prepare to perform a short excerpt a cappella, and may also upload a prepared video if they choose. Sign up for an audition time here.

University Chorale is the ensemble designated for students interested in a full-time online experience, while the other choirs will be focused on in-person choral experiences.  See below for a description below of all our choirs for this fall. 

OSU Chamber choir

Dr. Steven Zielke, director

The Oregon State University Chamber Choir is the premier choral ensemble on campus. The mixed auditioned choir will comprise of approximately 32 students and will perform innovative and ambitious choral repertoire from all periods and traditions, representing a diverse group of composers. Rehearsal is anticipated to be held in two 30-minute periods at noon on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the SEC Plaza.  Online sectionals may replace some in person rehearsals.  Online participation may be possible for some students. No retreats, tours, or concerts are currently scheduled for the fall term. 

Traditionally, the OSU Chamber Choir performs each term and tours regionally or internationally every spring. Recent tours have included Hawaii, Canada, China and New York -- where Chamber Choir, Bella Voce and the OSU Meistersingers performed in Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. In June of 2015 Chamber Choir returned to China to give concerts in Beijing, Chengdu and Zhengzhou. In 2017 the choir toured throughout the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, and in June 2018 the ensemble traveled throughout Europe, performing in Leipzig, Vienna and Prague. In addition, the OSU Chamber Choir has performed at state, regional, and national conferences, including the National Association for Music Education national conference, the National Collegiate Choral Association, and three invited performances at the Northwest region of the American Choral Directors Conference. 

Membership by audition. Full-year commitment is traditional mandatory. Register for one of the following:

MUS 140  |  MUS 340  |  MUS 540  Rehearsals: MWF 12:00-1:50  |  Sign up for auditions


Bella Voce

Dr. Sandra Babb, director

Founded in 2000 by conductor, Dr. Tina Bull, and now conducted by Sandra Babb, Ph. D., Bella Voce is the premier women’s choir at Oregon State University. The choir consists of 40 undergraduate students studying a variety of degree programs at OSU. Some favorite past performances include the Vivaldi Gloria RV589 with the Corvallis-OSU Symphony, and the commission and world premiere of Joan Szymko’s piece, “viva sweet love,” at the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts in New York City, May, 2013, and Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” in December 2013. Bella Voce has toured the northwestern United States, Hawaii, Finland, Denmark, and Estonia and Brazil. In July 2014 the choir was invited, by audition, to perform at ISME 2014, the International Society for Music Education Conference in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Membership by audition. Class fee. Full-year commitment strongly encouraged. Tour fee. Register for one of the following:

MUS 146  |  MUS 346  |  MUS 546   Rehearsals: T/TH 2:00 - 3:50  |  Sign up for auditions

OSU Meistersingers

Dr. Steven Zielke, director

The Oregon State University Meistersingers are an auditioned tenor/bass ensemble with traditionally between 50-60 members. The Meistersingers will hold a mixture of in-person rehearsals at the SEC Plaza and online sectional rehearsals.  The term will focus on a variety of repertoire from diverse composers. No retreats, tours, or concerts are currently scheduled for the fall term.  Singers should plan on rehearsal from 2:00p-3:50p on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

This auditioned ensemble, comprised of music majors as well as students from other majors across campus, traditionally performs each term, and frequently entertains at community, university, and sporting events. Meistersingers has toured the northwest, Canada, New York, and Hawaii. They have performed at numerous state and regional music conferences, most recently having been invited to perform at the Northwest American Choral Directors Association Conference in March, 2018.

Rehearsals: MWF 2:00 - 3:20pm. Membership is by audition. Register for one of the following:

MUS 147  |  MUS 347  |  MUS 547 Rehearsals: T/TH 2:00 - 3:50  |  Sign up for auditions


University chorale

Dr. Sandra Babb, director

The University Chorale, a mixed SATB chorus, requires no audition and is open to students, faculty, staff and community members. The choir performs each term, providing a laboratory for choral conducting students who share conducting duties. The conducting students work under the guidance of Dr. Sandra Babb.

No audition required. Register for one of the following:

MUS 199  |  MUS 399  |  MUS 599  |  Rehearsals: TR 12:00-12:50