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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 M.M., D.M.A., and Ph.D. 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, please email choral.music@ttu.edu or call (806) 742-2270.


Alan Zabriskie, Director of Choral Studies / Associate Professor of Music

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

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


Auditions for the Spring 2019 choral ensembles can be scheduled at our updated audition scheduling form, located at the link below:

Spring 2019 Choir Audition Scheduling Form

A staff accompanist will be available for your audition date. Please don't forget to bring sheet music for the accompanist! Read below for audition requirements pertaining to each ensemble. For more information about our Texas Tech University Choral Ensembles, click on the links further below that we have provided for your perusal.

Available audition times:

  • Monday, January 14, 2019 — between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00p.m. — in Room 202 (Opera Lab) at the School of Music
  • The audition will last approximately 7 minutes. Please appear 15 minutes before your scheduled audition time fully warmed up. You may audition for any choir that interests you.

Auditions for University Choir:

  • There are no auditions for University Choir during Spring semester.

Auditions for Women's Chorale and The Lubbock Chorale:

  • Audition requirements include sight-reading, vocal sing-backs, rhythmic audition material, and vocal placement.
  • Be prepared to perform a short solo (one minute) of your choice — and please bring music for the accompanist!

Auditions for Matador Singers:

  • Audition requirements include checks for vocal range, aural recall skills, and sight reading. There is no prepared material.

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 2017-2018 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 make a choral ensemble other than the class for which you registered, Linda Gregston, our undergraduate advisor, will move you to the ensemble class in which you need to be.


Ensemble Rehearsal Times:

University Choir (Room 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 (Room 010)

  • Tuesday 2:00-3:20 p.m.
  • Thursday 2:00-3:20 p.m.

Matador Singers (Room 010)

  • Monday 2:00-2:50 p.m.
  • Wednesday 2:00-2:50 p.m.
  • Friday 2:00-2:50 p.m.

University Singers (Room 010)

  • Monday 1:00-1:50 p.m.
  • Wednesday 1:00-1:50 p.m.
  • Friday 1:00-1:50 p.m.

Lubbock Chorale (Room 010)

  • Tuesday 7:30-9:30 p.m.

News and Events

Choral Area Calendar 

  • March 1, 2019; School of Music Scholarship Event; 7:30 p.m. Hemmle Hall
    • Combined Choirs, Brass, and Percussion will perform Rutter's Gloria, conducted by Dr. John Hollins
  • April 12, 2019; LakeRidge UMC Chamber Orchestra; 7:30 p.m. LakeRidge UMC
    • University Choir will perform Bruckner's Mass in E Minor, conducted by Dr. Eric Allen
  • April 28, 2019; Women's Chorale, Matador Singers, University Singers; 7:30 p.m. Hemmle Hall
    • Spring Concert conducted by Dr. Carolyn Cruse, Justin Nelson, Jake Taylor, Jonathon Barranco, David Warren, Harrison Saldaña, and Jacob Garcia
  • May 4, 2019; University Choir; 7:30 p.m. Hemmle Hall
    • University Choir Spring Concert conducted by Dr. Zabriskie, Justin Nelson, and Jonathon Barranco
  • May 11, 2019; Lubbock Chorale 7:30 p.m. Hemmle Hall
    • Haydn's Creation conducted by Dr. John Hollins

University Choir

Dr. Alan Zabriskie Conductor
Justin Nelson Graduate Associate Conductor
Jonathon Barranco Graduate Associate Conductor
Becca Zeisler Collaborative Pianist

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.

The University Choir has performed at conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, the Southwest Division of the American Choral Directors Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, and the Association of British Choral Directors. Additionally, the Choir has toured internationally to various locations throughout the world.

The University Choir has also served as the featured ensemble in many of the finest performance halls in the United States, including Carnegie Hall, Chicago's Orchestral Hall, and Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center.

Conductors of the University Choir have included Professors Ken Davis, John Dickson, and Rick Bjella. The Choir is currently conducted by Texas Tech University Director of Choral Studies, Alan Zabriskie.

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)

Listen to the 2017-2018 University Choir's performance of Kim André Arnesen's Flight Song, from the September 29 "Kaleidoscope of Choirs" concert

Women's Chorale

Dr. Carolyn Cruse Conductor
Jake Taylor Graduate Associate Conductor
Becca Zeisler Collaborative Pianist

Women's Chorale

In addition to a regular concert series, the Women's Chorale performs for various other university and community events. 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)

Justin Nelson Co-Conductor
Jake Taylor Co-Conductor
Dr. Alan Zabriskie Faculty Advisor
David Warren Collaborative Pianist 

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.

The ensemble supports the University as a fine choral ensemble singing artistically performed arrangements of artistic, accessible, and entertaining music.


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:

Dr. Alan Zabriskie Director of Choral Studies

University Singers

Jonathon Barranco Conductor
David Warren Graduate Associate Conductor
Harrison Saldaña Graduate Associate Conductor
Dr. Alan Zabriskie 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
Harrison Saldaña Graduate Associate Conductor
Dr. Debbie Gelber Collaborative Pianist

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)


Graduate Studies in Choral Conducting