University Singers

2019 University Singers Tour

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 2017, the group joined the Charlottesville Symphony on the steps of the Rotunda to perform at UVA’s Bicentennial Launch Celebration, before an estimated crowd of 20,000. This past fall, the University Singers gave the regional premiere of Bernstein’s Mass at the Paramount Theatre, the group’s largest project to date. In recent years, the Singers have also performed for Les Misérables creators Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil during their UVA residencies, sung for the 2016 UVA Holiday video, 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 60th anniversary with the 2017-2018 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 University Singers look forward to bringing their music to audiences in the Northern United States and Canada on their biennial concert tour following graduation in May 2019.

Students in the University Singers come from UVA's six undergraduate schools, including Arts and Sciences, Education, Nursing, Batten, McIntire, 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.

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Recent highlights:  Bernstein's Mass / Bicentennial Performance / 2016 Holiday Video

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