University Singers

The University Singers is the University of Virginia’s flagship choral ensemble, performing a cappella and accompanied choral literature including major works with orchestra.  This year, the group joined the Charlottesville Symphony on the steps of the Rotunda to perform for UVA’s Bicentennial Launch Celebration, before an estimated crowd of 20,000.  In recent years, the Singers have also sung for Les Misérables creators Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil during their UVA residencies, sung for the 2016 UVA Holiday greeting which received more than 400,000 views on social media, and taken a two-week concert tour of England, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Austria.  Founded in 1957, the group became a primarily student ensemble soon after UVA began admitting women in 1970, and celebrated their 50th anniversary with the 2007-2008 season.  Recent repertoire has included Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9 with the Charlottesville Symphony, Bach's Mass in B minor, Handel’s Messiah, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Verdi’s Requiem, and Mendelssohn's Elijah, as well as premieres of works by Stephen Paulus, Forrest Pierce, Judith Shatin, and Eric Whitacre.  Recent United States tours have taken the group to Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Charleston, Chicago, Cincinnati, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, Providence, Virginia Beach, and the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., as well as the campuses of other American universities for collaborative concerts.  The group has also been heard on previous European tours in Italy, Belgium, Germany, and Switzerland, and recordings include a CD of Mozart's Coronation Mass and Vesperae Solennes de Confessore.  Historical highlights have included concerts and workshops with Bobby McFerrin, Meredith Monk, and Otto-Werner Mueller, a performance for Hillary Clinton, a performance for the 2010 VMEA Conference, and frequent collaborations with the Charlottesville Symphony including for the popular Family Holiday Concerts.  The 2017-2018 season includes the popular Family Holiday and Family Weekend Concerts, performances of Thompson’s Testament of Freedom, a U-Singers 60th anniversary celebration, and the special performance for the UVA Bicentennial Arts Gala.

Students in the University Singers come from UVA's six undergraduate schools, including Arts and Sciences, Education, Nursing, and Engineering, as well as several of the graduate and professional schools. While approximately 25-30% are music majors, the ensemble is open to any student by audition, and is a for-credit curricular class. Together, members enjoy an esprit de corps that arises from the pursuit of musical excellence, and the camaraderie the singers develop offstage.  The University Singers is led by faculty conductor Michael Slon.

To make a gift visit: http://forms.hoosonline.virginia.edu/usingers or contact the group at university-singers@virginia.edu

To read more about the Bicentennial performance: (https://news.virginia.edu/content/uva-ushers-its-third-century-historic-celebration)

Support the University Singers!  http://forms.hoosonline.virginia.edu/usingers

For more info on auditions visit: www.music.virginia.edu/auditions
If you're interested in auditioning for this group fill out this interest form: https://goo.gl/forms/utfIN7eUukg1mNO82

Read about the Boublil-Schönberg residency

Watch the University Singers promotional video here
See the 2016 UVA holiday video featuring the University Singers.

Address

McIntire Department of Music
112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176

Email: music@virginia.edu