UB Choir is a large ensemble typically consisting of 30-60 singers. It is a collegiate-level group meant for those with prior singing experience, preferably prior choral or ensemble singing experience. Typical members are interested in high level ensemble singing, learning to blend and grow their voices in a mature choral environment, and singing challenging repertoire. It is an auditioned group and members are required to have music reading ability. Typical repertoire includes advanced choral music in both 4 and 8 parts, and the group often collaborates with the UB Orchestra to sing large works.
It rehearses twice per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:15-6:15pm, with additional rehearsals scheduled during concert season. It performs several concerts throughout the semester at various venues throughout Buffalo, and has the opportunity to tour.
UB Choir members recently performed with the Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, music icons Kristin Chenoweth and Kenny Rogers, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Their most recent tour was to New York City in June 2018.
Please view our concert calendar for the latest information on upcoming events.
Recent programs include:
LUX: Faure's Requiem and works by MacMillan, Tschesnokov, Whitacre, and Wood (December 2020)
MAGNIFICAT: Works by Dove, Murrill, Rachmaninov, Lauridsen (December 2019)
Love Songs from the British Isles: Irish, Scottish, and English works by Holst, Pearsall, McGlynn, and more (May 2019)
Ralph Vaughan Williams' 'Fantasia on Christmas Carols' and other English Holiday Masterpieces with UB Symphony Orchestra (December 2018)
STARS: Music and Poetry Celebrating the Night Sky (May 2018)
UB students who would like to participate in the Choir are required to register for one of the following classes:
Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester. The audition process typically consists of singing the melody line of either the National Anthem or 'Silent Night', singer's choice, and participating in vocal exercises to test range, tone-matching, and vocal agility.
To submit an interest form for any of our choral ensembles, please click here. Prof. Claudia Brown or TA Julia Anne Cordani will be in touch with you shortly.
You can also visit our Facebook page, UB Choirs, for updates, concert listings, recordings, news, and more: https://www.facebook.com/UBuffaloChoirs