University Singers

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The University Singers is the University of Virginia’s flagship choral ensemble, performing a cappella and accompanied choral literature including major works with orchestra. In the past few years, the group has sung for Les Misérables creators Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil during their UVA residency, performed before 10,000 at the Kevin Spacey President’s Arts Speaker event, 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, Bach's Mass in B minor and St. John Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, the Verdi 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, Russia, and Switzerland. Recordings include a CD of Mozart's Coronation Mass and Vesperae Solennes de Confessore.  In past years, highlights have included concerts and workshops with Bobby McFerrin and Meredith Monk, a performance for Hillary Clinton, a performance for the 2010 VMEA Conference, and frequent collaborations with the Charlottesville Symphony. The 2017-2018 season includes the popular Family Holiday and Family Weekend Concerts, a Bernstein centennial project and performances of Thompson’s Testament of Freedom, and a special performance for the UVA Bicentennial Arts Gala on the steps of the Rotunda.  

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 University's 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. 

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