MSUToday
Published: Jan. 4, 2019

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/auditions for its upcoming semester on Wednesday, Jan. 9 and 16, at 6 p.m. Auditionees should meet outside of Room 147 of the MSU Communication Arts and Sciences Building, which is at the southeast corner of Red Cedar and Wilson on the MSU campus.

The first rehearsal will also be Wednesday, Jan. 9, so those auditioning should be prepared to stay for rehearsal that evening and on Jan. 16. Auditionees 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 spring semester will feature Haydn’s “Lord Nelson” Mass and Vivaldi’s “Gloria” with members of the MSU Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Professor David Rayl. The performance will take place at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, in the Wharton Center.

David Rayl, director of choral programs at MSU, conducts the Choral Union. “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,” says Rayl. “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 on Wednesday evenings, 7-9 p.m. Members pay a $53.50 per semester registration fee ($41.25 for high school or college students) and pay for their own musical scores (approximately $20 per semester).

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