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There has never been a better time to sing at Oregon State University. In recent years, 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.
Recent graduates have been in demand as young artists and graduate students at prominent schools for vocal music across the nation such as the Manhattan School of Music, the University of Southern California, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the University of Texas and the University of Arizona.
The long tradition of excellence in choral singing at OSU continues to enhance or define 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, comprised of campus and community concerts, choral festivals, high school visits, regional or national tours, and in many years, international tours. 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.
Dr. Steven Zielke, director
The Oregon State University Chamber Choir is the premier choral ensemble on campus. The auditioned choir is comprised of 38 carefully selected students who perform the finest in choral music repertoire. 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.
The choir will be touring to Europe in June, 2018. The expected singer contribution will be approximately $2,500. Fundraising opportunities and resources will be available for students needing financial assistance. No deserving students will be left behind based on financial ability.
Membership by audition. Full-year commitment is MANDATORY. Register for one of the following:
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:
Russ Christensen, director
The Oregon State University Meistersingers are a 50-60 member men’s chorus. This auditioned ensemble, comprised of music majors as well as students from other majors across campus, 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 and have been invited to perform in 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:
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: