Join the choirs at BYU-Idaho! With seven official ensembles, there is a choir for everyone, regardless of your initial singing ability! Our choirs perform regularly with guest artists such as the King's Singers, David Archuleta and Alex Boyé. BYU-Idaho choirs also appear on Music and the Spoken Word, at General Conference, and on tour in the United States and internationally. Enjoy this video preview of the BYU-Idaho choral experience!
FALL 2020: The Department of Music WILL offer choirs in the Fall of 2020! However, due to COVID-19, ALL ensembles will be AUDITION ONLY, and will be smaller and physical distancing between singers will increase. This will result in fewer available positions, and we may not be able to accommodate everyone in a regular choir. However, we will provide extra-curricular choral singing opportunities throughout the semester, with first priority given to those who audition for a choir in September.
AUDITIONS are held 2-3 days before classes start each semester.
Collegiate Singers (Advanced)
MUS 319 (auditioned)
Collegiate Singers, conducted by Dr. Randall Kempton, comprises 40-50 of the finest singer/musicians on campus. This group offers both singers and audience members a life-changing experience with a wide variety of challenging choral music. Collegiate Singers tours regularly, gives many on- and off-campus performances and has appeared at conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and as a guest choir on Music and the Spoken Word with the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. Concurrent enrollment in voice lessons is strongly recommended.
Acceptance is by audition and/or permission of the instructor. Advanced sight-singing, aural skills, and vocal ability are preferred. Prepare a memorized song or hymn (60-90 seconds) to audition. For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vocal Union (Advanced, Jazz)
MUS 318 (auditioned)
VOCAL UNION is not able to accept new singers for 2020 Fall Semester. If you are interested in being considered for a future semester please send a web based link (YouTube, etc.) of a 60 second video of yourself singing a jazz standard to email@example.com (a cappella is fine).
Vocal Union, conducted by Nori Brower, is a 12-voice mixed ensemble specializing in close harmony and vocal jazz. This ensemble participates in many on and off-campus performances, joint concerts with BYU-Idaho Sound Alliance, and tours throughout Canada, the U.S. and Latin America. Vocal Union provides audiences with quality entertainment while giving its student performers a rich experience in complex rhythms and harmonies, stage, and microphone technique. Concurrent enrollment in voice lessons is strongly recommended. Audition is required. Interested applicants should prepare a 60 second excerpt of a jazz standard that demonstrates their best vocal range, performance, and ability. Any attempts at "stylizing" the piece (scoops, slides, etc.) should demonstrate good musical taste. In addition, you may be asked to sight-read a short melody and/or rhythm. For additional information, contact Nori Brower.
Concert Choir (Intermediate-Advanced)
MUS 314 (auditioned)
Concert Choir, conducted by Dr. Eda Ashby, is an auditioned choir of 70+ mixed voices. The focus of the ensemble is to experience the joy and deep learning of preparing and sharing a rich musical experience through the medium of choral music. In addition to regular on-campus choral performances, Concert Choir frequently provides special music numbers for campus-wide devotionals, and often joins with instrumental ensembles in collaborative music works and presentations such as A BYU-Idaho Christmas, BYU-Idaho's Sacred Music Commission Series, and choral masterworks. Concurrent enrollment in voice lessons is strongly recommended.
Acceptance is by audition and/or permission of the instructor. At the auditions there will be a range and skills check, and some sight-reading. Specific excerpts will be given for call backs. For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advanced Women’s Chorus (Intermediate)
MUS 316 (auditioned) – register for “University Choir – Women”
New for Fall 2020, the Advanced Women’s Chorus will accept 16-20 excellent singers. The group will rehearse and perform (recordings and livestreamed) advanced repertoire for SSA voices. Good vocal technique, sight-singing skills, aural skills, and pitch accuracy are expected.
Men's Chorus (Beginner-Intermediate)
MUS 312M (FAll 2020 audition only)
The Men's Chorus is a large all-male ensemble sure to thrill audiences of all ages. The Men's Chorus repertoire ranges from barbershop to Gregorian chant, from sacred hymns and spirituals to the best of Broadway and Hollywood, and from serious classical music to popular a cappella. In addition to performing independently, the Men's Chorus combines regularly with the Women's Chorus for special performances announced at the beginning of each semester. Highlights from past and future seasons include singing for sessions of the General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, joint concerts with the BYU Men's Chorus, and the wildly popular annual BYU-Idaho Barbershop Festival.
For Fall 2020 an audition is required for entrance. Register now for Music 312M. For further information, please contact email@example.com.
Women's Chorus (Beginner-Intermediate)
MUS 313 (Fall 2020 audition only)
Women's Chorus, conducted by Atina Coates, is an all-female open-enrollment choir. The repertoire ranges from sacred hymns and spirituals to classic popular songs, barbershop, and from serious classical music to traditional and modern choral literature. In addition to performing independently, the Women's Chorus combines regularly with the Men's Chorus for special performances. Members enjoy singing as they rehearse and perform in campus concerts and university devotionals. Highlights from past and future seasons include singing for regional fireside broadcasts, collaborating with other University brass and string ensembles, and performing in the big shows in the ICenter. Join Women's Chorus today!
For Fall 2020 an audition required. Register now for Music 313. For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
MUS 317 (auditioned)
The Opera Workshop class produces a program of operatic scenes, ranging from small scenes with solos, duets and small ensembles to large scenes with full opera chorus. Programs include a great variety of scenes including Classical, Romantic, and modern operas, featuring members of the class as soloists and chorus members. Audition is required - contact Dr. David Olsen for more information.