Choral Ensembles Auditions 2018

Questions: email David Rayl, director of choral programs 

All MSU ensembles include music majors and non-majors. University Chorale typically includes only music majors. All MSU ensembles (except Chamber Choir) are available for one credit, which may fulfill degree requirements (depending on the degree).

Audition information for each ensemble is listed below:


University Chorale

If you are interested in auditioning for University Chorale, conducted by Dr. Rayl, those auditions will be held on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, August 27, 28, 29 in Music Practice Building, Room 211. All returning and transfer undergraduate music majors and all new graduate students in vocal performance and other majors must do these auditions.

  • Go here to sign up for an audition time.
  • In preparation for your audition please learn both excerpts found here. You will be given a starting pitch and key center and will be asked to sing without piano. Be as accurate and musical as possible in your performance.

MUS 127: University Chorale; MTWTh, 1:50 – 2:40 p.m.; Music Practice Bldg. #103; 45 members; highly selective; mostly graduates and upper level undergraduates. Traditional choral repertoire; several performances on-and off-campus each semester. David Rayl, conductor.


State Singers

If you are interested in auditioning for State Singers, conducted by Dr. Reed, those auditions will be held on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, August 27, 28, 29 in Music Practice Building, Room 210. Freshman music majors and all non-music majors should do these auditions.

  • Go here to sign up for an audition time.
  • No prepared vocal solo is required for this audition, but you will be asked to vocalize and sight read.

MUS 126: State Singers; MTWTh, 12:40 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.; Music Practice Bldg. #103; 50 members; selective; mostly undergraduate music majors and non-majors. Traditional choral repertoire; two performances on-campus each semester; Jonathan Reed, conductor.


Women’s Chamber Ensemble

If you are interested in auditioning for Women’s Chamber Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Snow, those auditions will be held on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, August 27, 28, 29 in Music Practice Building, Room 205.

  • Go here to sign up for an audition time.
  • In preparation for your audition please learn the excerpt found here. The audition will require vocalization, ear training tasks, and preparation of the excerpt. Please prepare either the soprano or alto material in m. 1-12.  You will be given a harmonic context and then will sing your line while the opposite line is played or sung.  If you sing soprano, for example, you will hear the alto line.
  • Please note that members of WCE who are vocal music majors must also sing in either Chorale or State Singers. WCE enrollment will be limited to 32 singers.

MUS 125:003: Women’s Chamber Ensemble; TTh, 4:10-5:30 p.m., Cook Recital Hall, Music Building; 32 members; selective. Choral repertoire for women’s voices, much of it composed within the past decade; several performances on- and off-campus each semester; Sandra Snow, conductor.


Men’s Glee Club

If interested please come to first rehearsal on August 30.

MUS 125:2; Men’s Glee Club; TTh, 4:10 – 5:30 p.m.; Music Practice Bldg. #103; 75 members. Rehearsal and performance of a broad range of choral repertoire; several on- and off-campus performances each semester; Jonathan Reed, conductor. 


Women’s Glee Club

If interested, please contact Connor Koppin at connor.koppin@gmail.com or come to the first rehearsal on August 29.

MUS 125:002; Women’s Glee Club; MW, 4:10 – 5:30 p.m.; Music Practice Bldg. #103; 75 members. Rehearsal and performance of a broad range of choral repertoire; several on- and off-campus performances. Connor Koppin, conductor.


Choral Union

If interested please come to audition/interview and first rehearsal in Comm Arts #147 at 6:00 p.m. on September 5. Be prepared to sing the first verse of The Star-Spangled Banner with piano

MUS 124: Choral Union; W, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.; Comm Arts & Sciences Bldg. #147; 125 members; mostly adult members of the greater Lansing community; brief audition/interview required. Major choral-orchestral works; one or two performances on-campus each semester; David Rayl, conductor.


Campus Choir

If interested please contact Xiaosha Lin at linxiaos@msu.edu or come to first rehearsal on August 30.

MUS 123; Campus Choir; TTh, 3:00 – 3:50 p.m.; Music Building 120; 50 members. Choral works from cultures around the world and from all stylistic periods; one performance each semester; Xiaosha Lin, conductor


Chamber Choir

If interested, please contact Alison Geesey at alisongeesey@gmail.com

Chamber Choir (non-credit): F, 12:40-1:50; Music Practice Bldg. #103; 25 members. Traditional chamber repertoire from all periods; one performance each semester; Alison Geesey, conductor.

Participation only with permission of conductor.