MSUToday
Published: Jan. 3, 2018

MSU Choral Union to hold auditions

Contact(s): Sarah Bohan MSUFCU office: 517-333-2208 sbohan@msufcu.org

The Michigan State University Choral Union will hold interviews and auditions for its upcoming season at 6 p.m., Jan. 10 and 17. Singers who are interested should meet outside of Room 147 of the MSU Communication Arts and Sciences Building.

The first rehearsal will also be Jan. 10, so those auditioning should be prepared to stay for rehearsal that evening and on January 17. Candidates should be prepared to vocalize and sing the first verse of "The Star Spangled Banner."

Previous choral singing experience is desirable, but not required. No appointment is necessary, but auditionees are asked to arrive at 6 p.m. for a general information session. Private individual auditions will follow immediately.

The ensemble will perform Mendelssohn’s epic oratorio "Elijah" with the MSU Symphony Orchestra on Sat., April 28.

David Rayl, director of choral programs at MSU, conducts the Choral Union. “It offers the opportunity to sing the greatest choral masterpieces of the past 300 years with a first-class orchestra on the stage of the Wharton Center.

It’s an unforgettable experience,” says Rayl. “Members of the Choral Union come with a wide variety of musical experiences and abilities. The unifying element is their common love of choral-orchestral singing.”

The ensemble rehearses from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday evenings. Members pay a $52 per semester registration fee ($30 for high school or college students) and pay for their own musical scores (approximately $20 per semester). 

For singers interested in learning more about Choral Union, please contact  musgrad@msu.edu or at (517) 353-9122.

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