The Department of Music is home to five outstanding choral ensembles. With the exception of Concert Chorale (open to Music majors only), the ensembles are open to all WSU students, faculty and staff, subject to an audition with the ensemble director. Ensemble auditions take place each August. Each choral ensemble is one credit hour.
Contact: Andrew Kreckmann
Course number: MUA 2850 (undergraduate) 7850 (graduate)
Credit hours: 1
Rehearsal times: Monday, Wednesday, Friday • 12:50 to 2:20 pm
A mixed ensemble of 20+ voices, this highly selected choral ensemble performs literature of the 16th through 20th centuries, including compositions with orchestra and works in contemporary formats. The Concert Chorale strives, through its diverse and demanding repertoire, to brings its audiences the best choral literature performed with the highest possible artistry and professionalism. The Concert Chorale has performed and recorded internationally, including featured performances at festivals in Central and Eastern Europe.
Listen to Choral Union perform Mozart's Laudete Pueri
Listen to Choral Union perform Hogan's Battle of Jericho
The Choral Union, a mixed ensemble of over 50 voices, specializes in the finest repertoire from the Baroque through Twenty-First centuries, including distinctive choral works with orchestra, African-American literature, and compositions involving global and contemporary formats. Its major performance, the annual Salute to Downtown Detroit founded in 1967, brings nearly 1,000 music lovers to Old St. Mary's Church in Greektown on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. The University Choral Union also performs as part of the WSU Symphonic Chorus in concerts throughout the Metropolitan Detroit community. The ensemble studies and performs exemplary repertoire, emphasizing artistic interpretation and comprehensive choral, vocal and musical development, in an enjoyable educational atmosphere. All students, faculty and staff are welcome and encouraged to participate!
Credit hoours: 1
Phone: (313) 577-2619
Revived in 1990, the Opera Workshop's first full production was Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, a rollicking tale of faithful and unfaithful lovers. When not in rehearsal, Opera Workshop students work on diction in several languages, study movement, and polish their vocal skills.
Office: 1316, Old Main
Phone: (313) 993-7528
Credit hours: 1
Numbering 20 to 25 singers, the Women's Chorale enjoys performing exciting blends of music such as classical, jazz, pop, contemporary and world music. Performances occur locally and on campus. The ensemble nutures individual voices and skills as well as provides opportunities for members to bond with like-minded singers in the pursuit of technique and artistry.
Morten Lauridsen [Master class]
Robert Harris [Master class]
Samuel Adler [Master class]
Olivier Latry [Master class]
Simon Preston [Master class]
Adolphus Hailstork [Master class]
David del Tredici [Master class]
Jerry Grant (WSU Alumnus) [Master class]
John Corrigliano [Master class]
David Berger [Master class]
Josh Redman [Master class]
Terrence Blanchard [Master class]
Chris Brubeck Quartet [Performed with]
Choruses recently conducted by:
John Morris Russell