Queen's University

Choral Ensemble [MUSC 115, 215, 315, 415]

MUSC 115, 215, 315, 415/1.5


Choral Ensemble Description  

The Queen’s University Choral Ensemble is open to the entire Queen’s Community.  

This mixed voice, large ensemble, conducted by Darrell Bryan, rehearses throughout the year (September to April) performing several public concerts annually. The ensemble has had the opportunity to sing regularly with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra, Queen’s Symphony Orchestra, and last year had the chance to participate in a workshop with the Canadian Chamber Choir. Pervious significant works performed have included Faure’s Requiem, Orff’s, Carmina Burana, and Jenkins’ The Armed Man. The ensemble also focuses on contemporary and Canadian works, performing repertoire by Lauridsen, Rutter, Whitacre, and Runestad, to name a few. The ensemble regularly performs at Queen’s University Remembrance Day Services and has also presented music at important Queen’s events, such as the installation of our Principle and Chancellor.  

In the fall term of the 2020-21 Academic Year, Choral Ensemble will be delivered by remote instruction. The course will involve the learning of repertoire remotely using rehearsal tracks, along with the study of choral techniques and skills that will then be applied in the winter term, when we hope to resume in-person rehearsals. A weekly Zoom meeting will provide the opportunity for in-person instruction and discussion. The fall term will also include several digital projects, including a Virtual Choir that will be part of the Queen’s Virtual Homecoming Celebration.  

In the winter term, we hope to resume in-person rehearsals, with the year culminating in the performance of a multimedia project that will use a mixture of virtual and live performance to explore new areas of choral music in the 21st century.  

Admission to the ensemble is by audition – however, this audition is used mostly to ensure correct placement into voice section, and all are encouraged to apply, regardless of formal singing experience.  

Audition requirements: Students are asked to submit a short video (1-2 minutes), performing an unaccompanied song of their choice that demonstrates their ability to sing in a choral style. Examples of suitable songs include classical songs, folk songs, or choral repertoire. Full instructions are found on the Ensemble Auditions webpage, and all videos should be received by Thursday, September 3, 2020. 

Before submitting the recorded video, students must complete an Online Ensemble Audition Application. Do note that if a student is auditioning for more than one ensemble, they must complete only ONE form but indicate their preference by ranking the ensembles under consideration. 

Please note that there is a required textbook for the 2020-21 academic year.  

Davids, Julia, and Stephen LaTour. 2020. Vocal Technique: A Guide to Classical and Contemporary Styles for Conductors, Teachers, and Singers, Second Edition. Waveland Press Inc. 


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