Texas Tech University

Choirs

Texas Tech University Choral Ensembles

Click here for a description of ensemble accommodations made for Fall 2020 due to COVID protocols.

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 near 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.

Sincerely,

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

Spring 2021 Auditions

Auditions for all vocal ensembles for Spring 2021 will be conducted individually by the conductors of the ensembles.  If you are interested in participating in any of our ensembles, please contact the following conductors:

University Choir: Not open for auditions.

Scarlet Voce: Dr. Carolyn Cruse; carolyn.cruse@ttu.edu

Matador Singers: Brad Light; brad.light@ttu.edu or Victoria Pitre; victoria.pitre@ttu.edu

University Singers: No audition required (open for treble singers only)

Lubbock Chorale: Dr. Alan Zabriskie; alan.zabriskie@ttu.edu

News and Events

Choral Area Calendar 

 

University Choir

Dr. Alan Zabriskie, Conductor

Jake Taylor, Associate Conductor

Andrew Huish, Associate Conductor

Dr. John Hollins, 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

Stephanie Reyes, Associate Conductor

Kaycee Logsdon, 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 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)

Brad Light, Co-Conductor

Victoria Pitre, Co-Conductor

Dr. Alan Zabriskie 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.

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

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:

Dr. Alan Zabriskie Director of Choral Studies

University Singers

Brad Light, Co-Conductor

Stephanie Reyes, Co-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. Alan Zabriskie, Artistic Director

Kaycee Logsdon, Associate Conductor

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. Alan Zabriskie. For more information or to schedule an audition, please contact Dr. Zabriskie at alan.zabriskie@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

Graduate study in Choral Conducting at Texas Tech University follows two paths, leading either to the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts or Master of Music. Students accepted into the program experience an immersive environment with a strong focus on choral literature, artistic conducting, and rehearsal pedagogy. Graduate conductors enjoy significant podium time both as teaching assistants and as primary conductors for selected TTU choirs. The flexible course of study allows one to pursue interests in vocal pedagogy, music theory, musicology, and other related areas of study. Graduates of the Choral Conducting Program at Texas Tech University currently work at colleges and universities throughout the country, as well as in secondary settings and sacred institutions. They are also involved in positions of leadership at state and national levels through TCDA, TMEA, ACDA, and other professional organizations.

Current Graduate Students:

  • Jake Taylor (DMA) Katy, Texas
  • Andrew Huish (DMA) Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Brad Light (DMA) Lubbock, Texas
  • Kaycee Logsdon (MM) Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
  • Victoria Pitre (DMA) Orlando, Florida
  • Stephanie Reyes (DMA) Baytown, Texas

Recent Former Graduate Students (2009 - Present):

Doctor of Musical Arts

  • Jonathon Barranco (2020), Interim Director of Choral Activities, Henderson State University
  • Justin Nelson (2019), Director of Choral Activities, Southern Arkansas University
  • Benjamin Hawkinson (2018), Associate Director of Choirs, Millikin University
  • Jeff Goolsby (2018), Director of Choral Activities, Abilene Christian University
  • Ryan Person (2018), Director of Choral Activities, Morningside College
  • Matthew Carey (2017), Director of Choral Activities, University of Alabama in Hunstville
  • Barb Lamont (2016), Director of Choral Activities, Southeast Missouri State University
  • Sarah Ludwig (2016), Assistant Director of Choral Activities, The College of St. Scholastica
  • Joe Svendsen (2016),  Co-Director of Choral Studies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Stephanie Council (2015), Director of Choral Studies, Simpson Collegetre
  • Eric Posada (2015), Visiting Instructor of Choral Music, UNC Charlotte
  • Trey Davis (2013), Associate Director of Choral Activities, Louisiana State University
  • Andrew Kreckmann (2013), Director of Choral Studies, Sacramento State University
  • Kristina Caswell MacMullen (2012), Associate Professor of Choral Studies, University of North Texas
  • Andrea Pobanz (2010), Director of Liturgy & Music, St. Austin Catholic Parish
  • Hyung Sek Chae (2009), Director of Choral Music Studies, Wayland Baptist University
  • Sigurd Øgaard (2009), Domkantor, Bergen, Norway

Master of Music

  • Trenton Davis (2020), Head Choir Director, Lowery Freshman Center, Allen, Texas
  • Jacob Garcia (2020), Choir Director, Tennyson Middle School, Waco, Texas
  • Debbie Seitter (2020), Head Choir Director, Vines High School, Plano, Texas
  • Harrison Saldaña (2019), Worship Leader, Fellowship of Wildwood, Glencoe, Missouri
  • David Warren (2019)
  • Chris Jorns (2017), Assistant Choir Director, Lubbock High School, Lubbock, Texas
  • Ryan Sullivan (2016), Director of Choral Activities, Arkansas State University
  • Justine Halamicek Falch (2015), Head Choir Director, Killeen High School, Killeen, Texas
  • Dan Smith (2015)
  • Rossana Ardila (2013)
  • Justin Duncan (2011), Music Director, Lubbock Moonlight Musicals