Department of Music
Choirs at MSU Denver
Choirs at MSU Denver are open to any student on the Auraria Campus, regardless of major or institution of enrollment.
Chorale (Mixed Choir) | MUS 3280 | MW 12:30-2:20 pm | Audition Required - Sign Up
University Treble Choir | MUS 3821 | TR 12:30-1:45 pm | No Audition
University Basso Choir | MUS 3822 | TR 2:00-3:15 pm | No Audition
Auditions for Chorale for the Fall 2021 semester will be held on August 23, 2021 in person. Below are the audition materials, requirements, and expectations. Sign up here: SIGN UP
After you have signed up for an audition time, please fill out the Audition Form. Do not fill out the form prior to reserving your audition time.
Chorale Audition Materials
Singers auditioning for Chorale are expected to perform an excerpt from "Fern Hill" by John Corigliano. The score and some practice resources are posted below. In addition to accuracy of pitches and rhythms, the audition committee will be particularly looking for appropriate dynamics and articulations in your performance.
Sheet Music: Corigliano - Fern Hill excerpt (PDF)
Rehearsal Example: Fern Hill (YouTube) - Note: this excerpt is from about 1:00 - 2:15 in the video.
If you would like a rehearsal track of your part, please email MB Krueger at email@example.com.
Chorale Audition Expectations
Vocal Exercises: You will perform vocal exercises to display your range and tone quality.
Tonal Recall: You will be given a series of notes to sing back on a neutral syllable in order to test your pitch and aural memory.
Prepared Song: You will be provided with a song and rehearsal tracks to prepare for the audition (see Audition Materials above).
Sight Reading: You will be asked to read a piece of music that you have not previously looked at. The use of solfege is highly encouraged.
Other: In addition to all of the above, the panel will be listening for your tone color (breathy, strident, full, rich, brassy, vibrant, bright, dark, etc.) and your pitch accuracy (intonation) in all areas of the audition.
- Please come well-prepared with your song. The audition panel takes into consideration not only the quality and intonation of your voice, but also your level of preparation and determination.
- Practice your sight reading and solfege skills ahead of time. Students who sight read well are more likely to place into an auditioned ensemble. Use of solfege is preferred, however if you are not proficient in the use of solfege, use a neutral syllable for your sight reading.
- If you are sick, nervous, or generally feeling like you are not performing your best during your audition, please keep this information to yourself and refrain from saying anything about it to the audition panel. It is normal to feel nervous during an audition, and the panel favors those who maintain a positive demeanor despite the influence of nerves.
- Be confident and assume you will be successful!
For more information, please contact: Professor MB Krueger at firstname.lastname@example.org.