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Choral Ensembles

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.


Concert Chorale
Contact: Andrew Kreckmann 
E-mail: andrew.kreckmann@wayne.edu

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.

Choral Union
Contact: Gerald Custer 
E-mail: custer@wayne.edu 
Course number: MUA 2480 (undergraduate) 7840 (graduate)
Credit hours: 1
Rehearsal times: Tuesday, Thursday 12:50 to 2:20 pm, and arranged

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!

Men's Chorus
Contact: Norah Duncan IV, Director  
Course number: MUA 2830 (undergraduate) 7830 (graduate)
Credit hoours: 1
Rehearsal times: Tuesday 5:00 to 7:00 pm
The Men's Chorus (formerly the award-winning Men's Glee Club) has enjoyed a well deserved and long-standing tradition of excellence since they were founded in 1945 by the late Professor Emeritus, Dr. Harry M. Langsford who directed them for over 45 years. Under his direction they embarked on concert tours of Europe no less than 9 times. On three occasions they were awarded first prize (1968, 1981, and 1985) at the International Musical Eisteddfod, in Llangollen, Wales, where they competed against choirs from all over the world. In addition they were awarded first prize in the nation 1985 at the music competition, the Johnny Mann Choral Festival. Over the years they have sung by invitation for many MENC, ACDA, MSVMA and IMC conferences and conventions nation-wide. Truly an outstanding WSU legacy of which all can be proud!

Opera Workshop
Contact: Frances Brockington
Office: 2326, Old Main
Phone: (
313) 577-2619
E-mail: ad3353@wayne.edu
Course number: MUA 2860 (undergraduate) 7860 (graduate)
Rehearsal times: Tuesday, Thursday 3:00 to 4:55 pm

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.

Women's Chorale
Contact: Ann Marie Koukios, Director
Office: 1316, Old Main
Phone: (313) 993-7528
Course number: MUA 2870 (undergraduate) 7870 (graduate)
Credit hours: 1
Rehearsal times: Tuesday 5:00 to 7:00 pm

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.

Recent guests to the Department of Music:

Morten Lauridsen [Master class]
Chanticleer/Joseph Jennings
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]
Leonard Slatkin
Diana Krall
John Corrigliano [Master class]
David Berger [Master class]
Josh Redman [Master class]
Terrence Blanchard [Master class]
Joe Lovano
Erich Kunzel
Chris Brubeck Quartet [Performed with]

Choruses recently conducted by:

Neemi Jarvi
Erich Kunzel
Jack Everly
Robert Harris
Itzak Perhlmann
Charles Burke
John Morris Russell
John Oddo
Jonathan Tunick
Paul Salumunovich
Leonard Slatkin