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Choral

Texas Tech University Choral Ensembles

Texas Tech enjoys a rich tradition of excellence in the choral arts. With five vibrant ensembles, three full-time faculty members, and a thriving studio of outstanding graduate conductors, there is a wealth of wonderful experiences awaiting those who love to sing and who want to be a part of the choral community. All of our ensembles have won acclaim in performing throughout the community, region, state, nation, and indeed around the world.

Our undergraduate program in choral music education boasts a 100% placement record and upholds the highest standards in innovative teaching and pedagogical techniques. Graduate studies in choral conducting include the MM, DMA, and PhD degrees with various possibilities in performance and education concentrations. We invite you to learn more about the choral program, our upcoming activities, and each of our ensembles by exploring the various pages of this website. We warmly welcome you to join us! For more information on any aspect of choral studies at Texas Tech, email choral.music@ttu.edu or call 742-2270 ext. 284.

Sincerely,

Richard Bjella, Director of Choral Studies

John Hollins, Associate Professor of Voice / Associate Director of Choral Studies

Carolyn Cruse, Associate Director of Choral Activities / Associate Professor of Music Education

Auditions

Auditions for the Fall 2016 choral ensembles will be held between Thursday, August 25th and Saturday, August 27th in room 202 (the Opera Lab) of the Music Building (south end of the Student Union Building). A staff accompanist will be available for audition days. Don't forget to bring sheet music for the accompanist! Please read below for audition requirements pertaining to each ensemble. For more information about our Texas Tech University Choral Ensembles, click on the links below that we have provided for your perusal.

Available audition times:
  • Thursday, August 25th
  • Friday, August 26th
  • Saturday, August 27th
The audition will last 7 minutes.
Please appear 15 minutes before your scheduled audition time fully warmed up.
You may audition for any choir that interests you.
CLICK HERE to schedule your audition.
Auditions for University Choir:
  • Prepare the following excerpts from the Brahms Requiem: (download excerpts here)
    • measures 1-16, movement VI (in German or a neutral syllable)
    • measures 208-234, movement VI (in German or a neutral syllable)
  • Be prepared to vocalize throughout your range, and to sight-sing a short melody and a part from a Bach chorale
  • Testing of the ear, rhythmic, and tonal recall abilities
  • Be prepared to sing a short solo of your choosing that best displays your voice
Auditions for Women's Chorale, Matador Singers, or The Lubbock Chorale:
  • Audition requirements include sight-reading, vocal sing backs, rhythmic audition material, and vocal placement.
    • Be prepared to perform a short solo of your choice (bring music for the accompanist)
Membership in University Singers:
  • The University Singers ensemble is a non-auditioned choir.
    • We encourage all students regardless of experience or major to sing.
    • If you are interested in registering for University Singers for the 2015-2016 school year, you do not need to sign up for an audition time.
    • However, our directors ask that you please email choral.music@ttu.edu with your full name, phone number, SATB placement (if known), and your history with choir/singing if any.
Should I register before or after auditions?
  • You may register for your desired ensemble before auditions.
    • If you should make a choral ensemble other than the class that you registered for, Linda Gregston, our undergraduate advisor, will move you to the ensemble class that you need to be in.

ENSEMBLE REHEARSAL TIMES:
 
University Choir 010
Monday 12:00-12:50 p.m.
Tuesday 12:30-1:50 p.m.
Wednesday 12:00-12:50 p.m.
Thursday 12:30-1:50 p.m.
Friday 12:00-12:50 p.m.
 
Women's Chorale 010
Tuesday 2:00-3:20 p.m.
Thursday 2:00-3:20 p.m.
 
Matador Singers 010
Monday 2:00-2:50 p.m.
Wednesday 2:00-2:50 p.m.
Friday 2:00-2:50 p.m.
 
University Singers 010
Monday 1:00-1:50 p.m.
Wednesday 1:00-1:50 p.m.
Friday 1:00-1:50 p.m.
 
Lubbock Chorale 010
Tuesday 7:30-9:30 p.m.
 

News and Events

Choral Area Calendar 

Download the .PDF calendar of choral events for the 2016-2017 academic year.

University Choir

Professor Richard Bjella, Conductor
Ryan Person, Graduate Associate Conductor
Minji Kim, Graduate Assistant Conductor

Texas Tech University Choir

University Choir "Mirrored Messages" concert performance at the TMEA Convention

For more than fifty years, the Texas Tech University Choir has enjoyed a rich legacy of outstanding conductors and has established a standard of excellence recognized through both national and international venues. A featured performing ensemble of the 2008 TMEA Convention, the University Choir also served as the demonstration choir for Eric Whitacre for that event. In 2007, the Choir returned to England for the third annual St. John's College, Cambridge / Texas Tech Summer Choral Institute, performing Evensong services at St. Paul's Cathedral, London and St. John's Chapel, Cambridge with David Hill, principal conductor of the BBC Singers and composer Bob Chilcott. In January 2007, the Choir joined Craig Hella Johnson and Conspirare for the National Endowment of the Arts American Masterpieces Music Festival.

The highly acclaimed invitational performances before the American Choral Directors Association 2005 National Convention in Los Angeles marked the third occasion for the Choir to sing for an ACDA national convention. Other highlights from recent seasons include, performances for 2004 TMEA; 2004 ACDA Southwest regional; and in 2002, the Choir represented the U. S. at the Association of British Choral Directors national convention in York, England. The Choir has won effusive praise from composers Eric Whitacre and Stephen Paulus through collaborative workshops.

In the spring of 2009 the University Choir toured to the Dallas and Fort Worth areas in performing the complete St. John Passion of J.S. Bach along with other concert repertoire.

On May 2, 2010 the Texas Tech University Choir made its debut solo appearance at Carnegie Hall to rave reviews. In 2012 they were the only choir selected for the Texas Music Educators Convention and received standing ovations for their remarkable performance.  Several music educators exclaiming "the finest performance I have seen in 40 years of attending TMEA conventions." In 2013 they appeared at the National ACDA Convention in Dallas. On May 25, 2014 they are performing a debut concert in Chicago's Orchestra Hall at the Symphony Center.

The University Choir rehearses Mondays and Wednesdays, 12 – 12:50 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 – 1:50 p.m., and Friday Sectionals 12 – 12:50 p.m.

MUEN 3101-201, 3201-201 (undergraduate); MUEN 5101-201 (graduate)


Podcast featuring Richard Bjella and University Choir


  

 

Women's Chorale

Dr. Carolyn Cruse, Conductor
Chris Jorns, Graduate Associate Conductor

Women's Chorale

In addition to a regular concert series, the Women's Chorale performs for various other university and community events. This past November the ensemble performed at the Texas Collegiate Women's Choir Festival in Austin, and this January the Women's Chorale will join the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra in its performance of Holst's The Planets. This ensemble is open to females of all majors, yet is primarily made up of music performance and music education majors. Non-music majors with considerable high school choral experience are encouraged to consider this ensemble.

Women's Chorale rehearses Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 – 3:20 p.m.
MUEN 3101-204 (undergraduate); MUEN 5101-204 (graduate)


Matador Singers (Men's Chorale)

Ben Hawkinson, Graduate Associate Conductor
Ryan Person, Graduate Assistant Conductor
Professor Richard Bjella, Faculty Advisor

Matador Singers

The Texas Tech University Matador Singers was established in 2000 as an auditioned choral ensemble for all male students who enjoy the camaraderie of choral singing.

Matador Singers has gained substantial recognition performing in numerous events at the University and community levels. In addition to regular appearances on the School of Music choral concert schedule, this ensemble has opened the arts season for the College of Visual & Performing Arts; has sung at numerous Techsan Memorial Services and Alumni Association Dinners; has done outreach of singing for middle school male singers and local retirement communities; and, for the past number of years, has performed The Star-Spangled Banner at the TTU athletic events. The ensemble performs a wide variety of musical styles, including classical works, spirituals, folksongs, barbershop, jazz standards, opera choruses, and spirit songs.

Matador Singers is under the director of Richard Bjella and has a membership of thirty-five singers. The ensemble supports the University as a fine choral ensemble singing artistically performed arrangements of artistic, accessible and entertaining music. This mission as "singing ambassadors" for the University is gaining success and recognition for this fine organization.

Membership

Membership in the Matador Singers is open by audition to all registered male TTU students who have choral singing experience, who enjoy the fellowship of male singers, and who wish to serve the University as "singing ambassadors."

The men rehearse in the School of Music's Choral Rehearsal Hall (M01) on M-W-F, 2:00-2:50, and register under the course number MUEN 3101-207 (undergraduate credit) or MUEN 5101-207 (graduate credit) – one credit hour.

Prospective members should contact:
Richard Bjella, Director of Choral Studies
richard.bjella@ttu.edu

University Singers

Chris Jorns, Graduate Conductor
Justin Nelson, Graduate Assistant Conductor
Professor Richard Bjella, Faculty Advisor

University Singers

The University Singers is a non-auditioned, large mixed (SATB) ensemble that provides students with the opportunity to experience outstanding choral performance, develop their vocal technique, discover and absorb choral repertoire and masterworks from diverse musical and stylistic periods, improve their musicianship, and learn artistic disciplines in a collaborative setting. As with all TTU choral ensembles, the University Singers is comprised of both music majors and non-majors. This choir presents one major concert each semester and performs in both the annual Carol of Lights and Scholarship concerts. The creation of the finest possible artistic product is the primary goal of this ensemble.

University Singers rehearses Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 1 – 1:50 p.m.

MUEN 3101-202 (undergraduate)

The Lubbock Chorale

Dr. John Hollins, Artistic Director
Dr. Debbie Gelber, Collaborative Pianist
Justin Nelson, Graduate Teaching Assistant

The Lubbock Chorale

The Lubbock Chorale is a vibrant and vital civic choral organization that has been bringing enriching choral music to the cultural life of the South Plains for four decades. In addition to its integral relationship with the Texas Tech University School of Music, the Lubbock Chorale also regularly collaborates with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, area churches, and various municipal and educational entities. Performing major choral masterworks with orchestra, presenting innovative programming, and celebrating a wide variety of music are all fundamental aspects of the Lubbock Chorale's activity in our community. Each season the Chorale provides numerous scholarships for undergraduate and graduate music students. Week after week, year after year, people of all ages come together to enjoy everything from Bach and Beethoven to Broadway and Blues. Come and join us!

All TTU students are highly encouraged to seek membership in one of the all-student choral ensembles (University Singers, Women's Chorale, Matador Singers, or University Choir) to maximize the collegiate choral experience, and TTU music majors must register for one of the all-student choirs to fulfill degree requirements related to ensemble credit. The Lubbock Chorale is, however, an excellent option for additional choral experience, for students who do not need to fulfill a degree requirement, or for those who seek to broaden their contact with major choral works. One may join The Lubbock Chorale as a registered student or as a community member.

Students may audition for The Lubbock Chorale via regular TTU choral auditions (click on "Auditions" above), or may schedule an independent audition with Artistic Director Dr. John Hollins. For more information or to schedule an audition, please contact Dr. Hollins at john.hollins@ttu.edu. For more information about the Chorale, please visit www.lubbockchorale.org or call (806) 778-4980.

The Lubbock Chorale rehearses on Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

MUEN 3101-206 (undergraduate)
MUEN 5101-206 (graduate)

 

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