The LSU Choral Division within the School of Music and the College of Music & Dramatic Arts offers a variety of choral ensembles for students, each with an individual character and musical mission. Students from all colleges on campus are encouraged to participate in choral singing and enjoy the music and fellowship of singing in a chorus. Chorus members represent a broad cross-section of the LSU student population, including music majors, other majors, undergraduate, and graduate students.
- Choral hearings are held in the week before classes each semester for interested students.
- All students receive 1 semester hour credit for participation in each LSU choir.
- Each chorus presents 1-4 performances each semester.
- No experience or special music training is required to participate in chorus at LSU.
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LSU Summer Choral Institute
LSU Choral Studies will host an intensive, one-week practicum for advanced choral conductors June 18 - 22, 2018. The program will take place on LSU’s campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and will feature the instruction of conductors David Hill, Musical Director of the Bach Choir and Principal Conductor of Yale Schola Cantorum, and John Dickson, Director of Choral Studies at Louisiana State University. Participants will sing in the Institute Chorus, performing selections from Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles, Gabriel Jackson’s To the Field of Stars, James MacMillan’s Miserere, Victoria, Morales, Guerrero, the Libra Vermell de Monsterrat, and the Codex Calixtinus.
There are two registration tracks available: Conducting Scholars ($500 fee) receive master class podium time in front of the Institute Chorus, individual coachings with Hill and Dickson, and personal video critiques. They will participate in special sessions on voicing choirs, choral techniques, and score study, and they will sing in the Institute Chorus. Choristers ($300 fee) sing in the Institute Chorus and audit sessions.
Interested conductors and singers can apply online and provide relevant application materials at the link below. Conducting Scholar applicants should upload a CV or Resume and provide video links of the applicant conducting in rehearsal (apx. 10 min.), conducting in performance (apx. 10 min.), and singing a brief song, aria, or excerpt. Chorister applicants should provide a video link of the applicant singing a brief song, aria, or excerpt.
Applicants must submit all materials by May 1st, and will receive acceptance notification by May 15th. The final registration and fee deadline is June 1st.
LSU A Cappella Choir (MUS 4236)
Conductor: John Dickson
The LSU A Cappella Choir has achieved national and international prominence through its performances in many of the most prestigious performance venues in the world. The Choir’s rich history includes invitational performances for divisional and national audiences of the American Choral Directors Association. During their six European tours since 1991, they have been invited to perform high mass in Notre Dame and St. Peter’s in the Vatican, and have given invitational performances at the famed Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and the Mendelssohn Hochschule in Leipzig, Germany. They have performed before the Louisiana Music Educators Association, the American Society of University Composers, the College Music Society, and the American Musicological Society and have received invitations to perform in Russia, South America, Israel, Bulgaria, and Italy.
The chorus is chosen each year from the LSU student population and remains a representative cross section of LSU with majors and non-majors as well as both graduate and undergraduate students. In the past decade, members of the choir have won two national Met Auditions in New York and have been named Rhodes and Fulbright Scholars. Graduates hold teaching positions representing all levels of education in twenty-two different states. In addition, many are now studying in prestigious graduate programs throughout the United States as well as performing with major opera companies throughout the world.
LSU Chamber Singers (MUS 4234)
Conductor: Trey Davis
The LSU Chamber Singers are widely recognized for the quality of their performances. The Chamber Singers have given invitational performances for the Louisiana Music Educators' Association, the American Choral Directors' Association, the American Musicological Society, and the Society of Composers, Inc. The singers, chosen each year from the LSU student population, are a representative cross-section of LSU students, including both music majors and non-majors as well as both undergraduate and graduate students.
LSU Women's Chorale (MUS 4233)
Conductor: Trey Davis
The LSU Women’s Chorus is comprised of women from all academic disciplines within the university. It is the second oldest choral organization on campus, founded in 1935. Students are welcome to join the Women’s Chorus any Fall or Spring semester. This chorus performs a variety of women’s repertoire both on campus and in the local community. Past performances have included singing at the LSU French House, the Louisiana American Choral Directors’ Association Convention and LSU-Shreveport.
LSU Tiger Glee Club (MUS 4232)
Conductor: Trey Davis
The Glee Club, the oldest choir on the LSU campus (founded 1916), performs a wide variety of literature ranging from standard choral masterworks to spirituals and folksongs. The Men’s Chorus (Tiger Glee Club) is a non-auditioned chorus and comprised of men from all academic disciplines within the University. In addition to its regular concert(s) each semester, the Glee Club is frequently asked to perform for civic organizations and athletic events such as the LSU basketball team and the LSU Baseball team.
LSU Gospel Choir (MUS 4230)
Conductor: Laurence Hebert
This unique music ensemble is comprised of men and women from all academic disciplines within the university. The group performs a variety of gospel music, from today’s Christian contemporary to traditional southern gospel. The focus is on the music’s unique features, interpretation and performance practices, all culminating in preparation for public concerts.
The LSU Gospel choir was formed in 1978, admitting students without auditioning. This choir is part of a component that expands the school’s musical offering and increases the opportunities for diversity of music exposure and expression across the university community.
In 1996 the LSU Gospel Choirs toured France, playing to sell out audiences in more than 5 cities, including Paris. The LSU Gospel Choir was recently honored as a historical treasure here at LSU and was featured in a documentary honoring the late A.P. Tureaud, Sr.
The Graduate Choral Conducting program at LSU provides comprehensive experience in ensemble leadership, rehearsal technique, choral literature, academic writing and research, and musical gesture.
Program highlights include:
- Recitals with the LSU Chamber Singers, an advanced chamber ensemble that serves as the graduate lab choir
- Weekly conducting studio class in a collaborative environment
- Opportunities to mentor undergraduate conducting students
- Performances with university choral ensembles
- A resident graduate string quartet to conduct during Choral Literature courses
- Private applied lessons for Doctoral students
- Private recital coaching for Masters students
After completing the application process, candidates will be notified if they are invited to an on-campus interview and audition. The Graduate Audition in Choral Conducting consists of a personal interview with the Director of Choral Studies and a rehearsal before the conducting faculty with one of the LSU choral ensembles.
Candidates will be asked to conduct two assigned choral pieces within a 10-15 minute rehearsal period. The choir will prepare the music in advance of the audition.
The candidate will be evaluated in three areas:
- Rehearsal Techniques
- Interpretive Ideas
- Communicative Skills
Prospective applicants with additional questions about graduate choral studies should contact Dr. John Dickson.