Calling All Singers: MSU Choral Union Invites Community to Audition

Tuesday, September 3, 2019, 9:00 pm
By: 
Sarah Spohn

Tryouts are today and Wednesday, Sept. 11, for the Michigan State University Choral Union. (Photo courtesy of the MSU School of Music)

If you’ve ever wanted to sing on stage with a large group, this might be the time to try it out.

The Michigan State University Choral Union will hold auditions for community members at 6 p.m. today (Sept. 4) and Wednesday, Sept. 11, in Room 147 of the Communication Arts and Sciences Building (southeast corner of Red Cedar and Wilson roads).

Prospective candidates should prepare the first verse of “The Star Spangled Banner”. Previous choral singing experience is preferred, but not mandatory. Auditions begin with a general information session, and private individual auditions will follow. Following auditions, interested members should plan to stay for the rehearsal at 7 p.m.

According to Sarah Bohan, communications coordinator at the MSU Community Music School, the choral union is a mix of 125 to 150 students and individuals from the Lansing area. Their first concert took place in 1982, in conjunction with the opening of the Wharton Center for Performing Arts.

The union focuses on the major choral and orchestral works of different stylistic periods, and often collaborates with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, MSU orchestras, musicians, and other ensembles. Scheduled choral performances include selections of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 Resurrection with Maestro Timothy Muffitt, and Handel’s Messiah with Professor Jonathan Reed. Spring semester concerts include the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, and performing Mass in C with Professor Rayl and the MSU Symphony Orchestra.

Members of the ensemble also will have an opportunity to perform with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra in November, the MSU Symphony Orchestra in December, and more concerts throughout the spring.

David Rayl, director of the MSU Choral Union, said the primary focus of the group is “to bring together the community and campus through song,” he said. “It is an incredible experience to hear the voices of people from various ages and walks of life join together through a shared passion of music, and sing as one ensemble.”

Rayl spoke about what singing with the Choral Union is all about.

“It offers enriching opportunities to sing an array of historic and powerful choral works with a first-class orchestra on the stage of Wharton Center,” he said. “Members of the Choral Union come with a wide variety of musical experiences and abilities. Their common love of choral-orchestral singing brings a unifying element among members, which creates lasting memories made on the stage.”

The ensemble rehearses each Wednesday night from 7 to 9 p.m. Members pay a registration fee of $53.50 per semester, or $41.25 for high school/college students, along with a $20 fee for musical scores.

For more information, please contact musgrad@msu.edu or call (517) 353-9122.

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