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There’s a place for you in ASU choirs! Join the more than 400 students of all majors, faculty, staff, and local residents who sing at ASU.
The Arizona State University Choral Program provides a vibrant experience for over 300 students and nearly 100 more non-students from the surrounding area. Our seven choral ensembles are open to students of all academic majors and perform a wide range of repertory from Gospel to music for large symphonic choir—and everything in between, whether it's a 12-voice chamber ensemble, a men's chorus, a women's chorus, or a medium to large concert choir.
ASU choral students and alumni find professional opportunities to participate in the Grammy award-winning Phoenix Chorale, the Arizona Opera Chorus, and many, many church choirs around the Valley. Our ensembles have performed frequently at conferences for the American Choral Directors Association, the National Collegiate Choral Association and the Arizona Music Educators Association; other travel opportunities include the Barrett Choir trip to France, where they performed Fauré's Requiem at the Madeleine in Paris and sang at the American Cemetery in Normandy to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.
Concerts on campus range from intimate performances in the beautiful Katzin Concert Hall to grander events, such as the collaboration between the School of Music and the School of Film, Dance and Theatre to present Haydn's The Creation in Gammage Auditorium with stunning visual elements designed by students and faculty. Our choirs also perform regularly at off-campus locations, such as the Tempe Center for the Arts and area churches. Guest lecturers on campus have included Bob Chilcott, Morten Lauridsen, and Eric Whitacre.
In addition to ensembles, the Choral Program also offers courses in conducting, repertory, and choral techniques and offers the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting. Information on applying for the doctoral degree is available on the School of Music admissions website.
Please explore the links on this page to learn more about the exciting opportunities that await you in ASU choirs!
The Choral Program in the ASU School of Music strives to create a positive, professional environment that inspires and empowers all students to become creative leaders who transform society through singing and choral music.
Through its ensembles, the Choral Program provides superior rehearsal and performance opportunities for a wide range of students and community members. We respect and celebrate each person's individuality, removing barriers and welcoming all, without regard to race, color, creed, sexual preference, gender, or any other trait or identity. Participating in choirs refines the members’ musicianship, prepares students for a lifetime of choral singing, whether in professional or volunteer capacities, and provides fulfilling musical experiences for all involved.
The doctoral conducting program trains highly-qualified musicians to become conductors and scholars of choral music. Students develop a thorough knowledge of repertory, incorporate an understanding of the historical and analytical issues underlying the music, and improve their expertise in vocal technique and pedagogy. They learn to apply this knowledge in rehearsal and performance with an understanding of efficient, effective rehearsal technique and clear, expressive conducting technique. Doctoral students receive considerable individual attention and have regular opportunities to rehearse and conduct ensembles.
Undergraduate courses in conducting prepare students for the next step in their professional development, whether to undertake advanced study in conducting at the graduate level or to apply their skills in school music programs and with community choirs. Courses emphasize the development of sound basic technique in conducting and introduce the issues of analysis, performance practice, vocal technique and rehearsal technique.
Through its public performances and outreach activities, the Choral Program serves as an ambassador for ASU, the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and the School of Music. Outreach activities include bringing students and members of the community onto the ASU campus, music ensembles performing regularly off campus, and faculty guest conducting, presenting workshops and clinics and publishing in major journals.