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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 2017, 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 – and in 2018, 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 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 60th anniversary with the 2017-2018 season.  Recent repertoire has included Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9, Bach's Mass in B minor, Handel’s Messiah, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Verdi’s Requiem, and Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem, a concert of African-American choral music, and premieres of works by Stephen Paulus, Forrest Pierce, Judith Shatin, and Eric Whitacre.  Recent North American tours have taken the group to Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Charleston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Montreal, New Orleans, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Providence, Toronto, 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, 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.  In the strange circumstances of 2020, the group will continue to innovate ways to advance the choral art and engage students and audiences. 

Students in the University Singers come from UVA's eight undergraduate schools, including Arts and Sciences, Education, Batten, Commerce, 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

Auditions: Auditions for the University Singers take place at the beginning of each semester.  For more information about auditions visit:

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Recent highlights:  Bernstein's Mass / Bicentennial Performance / 2016 Holiday Video / 2019 University Singers Tour

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