With over 250 singers enrolled, the University of St. Thomas choral program offers six choirs for academic credit. The Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Liturgical Choir, Women's Choir, Schola Cantorum and Jazz Singers have extensive performance and tour schedules as they share music of all genres, historical periods and cultures with audience members around the globe. Highlights of each academic year included fall concerts and Christmas concerts at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis as well as a spring performance of a major choral/instrumental masterwork with professional orchestral musicians from the Twin Cities.
In recent years, the UST choirs have performed at the 2011 National ACDA convention, the 2009 Minnesota Collegiate Choral Festival, the 2008 North Central ACDA convention, the MN-ACDA convention in 2004, and MMEA conventions in 2007 and 2001. Recent international tours include travel to Greece, Central Europe, Ireland, Spain and several trips to Italy, a destination that included singing for Christmas Eve Mass at the Vatican. In all their endeavors, UST choir members work to understand deeply the music they sing and the cultures from which it comes. They perform this repertoire with the highest artistic standards, and they find great joy in doing so!
Chamber Singers rehearses Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:55-11:35 and Fridays from 2:55-4:35.
Concert Choir rehearses Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:35-3:10 and Fridays from 2:55-4:35.
Liturgical Choir rehearses Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:35-3:10 (and two Sunday mornings per month).
Women's Choir rehearses Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:25-5:00.
Yes, students may fulfill the Fine Arts Requirement FREE OF CHARGE by singing in Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Liturgical Choir, or Women's Choir for four semesters (one credit per semester). You'll continue to earn one free credit per semester if you participate for more than four semesters.
The Freshmen Music Option provides free 30-minute, one credit music lessons to all first year students involved in a large ensemble. Freshmen choral students receive free voice lessons.
Auditions are held the first week of fall semester, beginning Labor Day Monday.