Chamber Singers

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UVA Chamber Singers

Founded in 2005 and conducted by Michael Slon, the University of Virginia Chamber Singers is a select ensemble drawn from the University Singers, and performs a wide variety of music for chamber choir ranging from early music to contemporary compositions.  In addition to their performance for the Governor and other distinguished guests at UVA’s 2017 Bicentennial Cornerstone Celebration, recent performances have included Britten’s Hymn to St. Cecilia, Byrd’s Mass for 5 voices, Vivaldi’s Magnificat, Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, Copland’s In the Beginning, Allegri’s Miserere, Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs, Lauridsen’s Mid-Winter Songs, Glass’s Three Songs, Burtner’s Palladian Echoes, and Bach’s Mass in B minor with the University Singers.  Thematic concerts have included programs of choral music on film, winter music from northern climates, and Latin American choral music.  In addition, the group has performed popular standards by Harold Arlen, Ben Folds, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, and the Beatles, a spoof concert of P.D.Q. Bach, and new music by Meredith Monk (with the Meredith Monk Vocal Ensemble), Michael Gordon (during Bang on a Can’s UVA residency), and Eric Whitacre.  

In 2010, the Chamber Singers made their first appearances at the Staunton Music Festival, including a performance with Grammy-award winning baritone Kevin McMillan, and have collaborated on multiple occasions with Three Notch’d Road, Charlottesville’s professional Baroque ensemble.  In 2012, they participated in a workshop with Peter Phillips, director of the world-famous Tallis Scholars.  In 2014, they were honored to perform for composer Philip Glass during his UVA Arts Board Residency, and in spring 2015 were heard on tour in Europe with the University Singers, including for Evensong with the Jesus College Choir at Cambridge University.  More recently, they have performed with the musicians of the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival for Peteris Vasks’ Plainscapes, and Victory Hall Opera (in a pioneering presentation of Poulenc opera scenes with deaf actors), and were heard in performances with the University Singers on their May 2019 Northeast U.S.-Canada concert tour.  The 2019-2020 season included a program of Latin American Choral Music, and a virtual appearance in UVA’s Arts from the Hill series, and the Chamber Singers returned to the stage in fall 2021 with a Choral Music from Broadway concert. 

Auditions: Auditions for the University Singers & Chamber Singers take place at the beginning of each semester. For more info visit: and fill out the interest form.  

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