UB Chamber Singers

Chamber Singers with Director Claudia Brown.

About

UB Chamber Singers is a select ensemble of 8 voices, with one on a part SSAATTBB. It is a professional-level group meant for those who are serious about choral or solo singing as an element of their career. Members sing independently and with mature technique, and are individually coached on repertoire and performance practice. Typical repertoire includes advanced choral music for 4-8 voices from all eras. Members are required to participate in Choir to be eligible for Chamber Singers, and typically serve as section leaders in the choir. 

It rehearses once per week for 3 hours on a schedule decided by its current members' availability. It performs several concerts per semester at various venues throughout Buffalo, engages in paid gigs, and has the opportunity to tour.

UB Chamber Singers' recent performances include venues in Buffalo, Niagara Falls (NY), Pittsburgh, and other Western Pennsylvania locations.

Upcoming Performances

Please view our concert calendar for the latest information on upcoming events. 

Past Performances

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)

The UB Chamber Singers have also appeared with the St. Joseph University Cathedral Choir and Chamber Orchestra for Lenten services since March 2018.

Past Members

Past Chamber Singers have gone on to sing with various professional choirs, including Vocalis Chamber Choir (Buffalo), Harmonia Chamber Singers (Buffalo), The Canticum Novum Singers (NYC), and Tapestry (NYC). They also serve as section leaders and directors in community and liturgical choirs throughout Buffalo and New York City, and several hold masters and doctoral degrees in vocal performance, music education, and music history.

Past Chamber Singers are:

Aline Wintermantel, soprano
Amanda Hellwig, soprano
Benjamin Havey, tenor
Blake Hurlburt, baritone
Elizabeth Vennari, contralto
Grayce Weller, mezzo-soprano
Heather Bloom, mezzo-soprano
John Podvezko, tenor
Julia Anne Cordani, soprano
Mike Alessi, bass
Nick Jones, bass-baritone
Paul Reilly, tenor
Ryan Lockwood, bass
Walker Gosrich, bass
William Zino, baritone

Registration

UB students who would like to participate in the Choir are required to register for one of the following classes:  

  • Undergraduate: MUS 351, 2 credits
  • Graduate: MUS 551, 2 credits
  • Undergraduate Non-Music Major: MUS 151, 2 credits

Auditions and Contact

Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester. The audition process typically consists of singing their intended voice part on William Byrd's Mass for Four Voices or a similar work and participating in vocal exercises to test range, tone-matching, and vocal agility. Auditionees will be asked to sing along with current members of the group, where available, to demonstrate blending ability. 

NB: any potential auditionee must also be a member of Choir to be eligible to participate in Chamber Singers

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.

To reach out directly, please email us at cbrown34@buffalo.edu or juliacor@buffalo.edu.

You can also visit our Facebook page, UB Choirs, for updates, concert listings, recordings, news, and more: https://www.facebook.com/UBuffaloChoirs

UB Chamber Singers on break from tour in Pittsburgh.