Sing at OSU
We anticipate a return to normal in-person rehearsal in the fall. As we have learned from the past year, the experience of joining together in song has never been more central 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. If you want to sing, we have a place for you!
Making Singing Safe: Covid-19 Protocols
While the details of possible protocols are not yet known for the fall, we will be working closely with university and health officials to ensure that students are able to experience OSU choirs while maintaining the highest safety standards.
At this time, we anticipate the fall auditions to be all held on campus in a safe and positive atmosphere. We encourage the students to prepare a song of choice for performance. An accompanist will be provided. In addition, we will have an opportunity for you to display sight-reading and musicianship. Sign up for an audition time here.
OSU Chamber choir
Dr. Steven Zielke, director
The Oregon State University Chamber Choir is the premier choral ensemble on campus. The mixed auditioned choir comprises approximately 32 to 40 students and performs innovative and ambitious choral repertoire from all periods and traditions, representing a diverse group of composers.
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. The choir joins OSU’s Bella Voce, the Corvallis Repertory Singers and the OSU Wind Ensemble on the recording of David Maslanka’s “Mass”. You can listen here: https://open.spotify.com/album/1B2egecXmH2Olyq5SBdQRr?si=jLC9TL6RRPO7qJLfYtp8Aw
The OSU Chamber Choir has often premiered new works and has had a long association with nationally recognized composer and Oregon State alumnus, Joshua Rist. You can view a virtually produced recording of Rist’s composition “Here" on YouTube.
Membership by audition. Full-year commitment is expected. Exceptions made for returning members planning off-campus internships and international study abroad programs.
MUS 140 | MUS 340 | MUS 540 Rehearsals: MWF 12:00-1:50 | Sign up for auditions
Dr. Sandra Babb, director
Bella Voce is the premier SSAA choir at Oregon State University, made up of undergraduate and graduate students studying a variety of degree programs at OSU. Primary goals of Bella Voce are: to provide opportunities for treble singers to engage with a wide range of choral repertoire; to generate opportunities for choral music education majors to lead and conduct; and to champion composers from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds, including women and BIPOC composers.
Bella Voce has toured throughout the United States, Canada, Finland, Denmark, Estonia and Brazil. They have also performed for conferences of the Oregon Music Educators Association, the Northwest Divisions of NAfME and ACDA, and the International Society for Music Education. Favorite past performances include: Shlof Main Kind, by Allan A. Naplan; To Be Certain of the Dawn, by Stephen Paulus; and Mass, by David Maslanka.
This past year, Bella Voce sang for the nation as they presented their invited performance for the 2021 American Choral Directors Association virtual conference. This prestigious invitation brought national attention to this ensemble, propelling them as a leader in collegiate treble singing. Watch the performance.
MUS 146 | MUS 346 | MUS 546 Rehearsals: T/TH 2:00 - 3:50 | Sign up for auditions
Dr. Steven Zielke, director
The Oregon State University Meistersingers are an auditioned tenor/bass ensemble with traditionally between 50-60 members. Founded in 1999 by the current director, this ensemble has been an often-featured group at university events and annually performs the national anthem at the OSU Homecoming football game in Reser Stadium.
This auditioned ensemble, consisting 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. In 2021, they recorded a new version of “Soon the Wellerman Come”, arranged and produced by Meistersinger alumni, Jens Lovtang. You can hear this arrangement here.
Rehearsals: T/Th 2:00-3:50. 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
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 and Dr. Steven Zielke. This ensemble is ideal for those students, university staff, and community members who are interested in a lower commitment ensemble, but wish for weekly rehearsals in a friendly and enjoyable environment.
No audition required. Register for one of the following:
MUS 199 | MUS 399 | MUS 599 | Rehearsals: TR 12:00-12:50