The choral program at the University of Arizona carries on a decades-long tradition of excellence in performance and education, begun under the leadership of John Bloom in 1951. Ten choirs serving over 300 singers provide a range of musical experiences for students of all majors as well as faculty, staff, and community members. Any UA student can join a choir regardless of background or level of experience.
Departmental ensembles have achieved local, national, and international recognition through performances with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, True Concord Voices and Orchestra, Kronos Quartet, City of Prague Philharmonic, and Budapest Chamber Orchestra; appearances at Carnegie Hall, Musikverein (Vienna), Dvorak Hall (Prague); and concerts at the conferences of American Choral Directors Association, Arizona Music Educators Association, and College Music Society. Several student-led a cappella groups also provide opportunities for those interested in a different kind of vocal experience.
Open, No-Audition Ensembles
Students from across the University community are invited to sing in the following UA choirs that do not require an audition:
- Glee Club
- Section 01 for Sopranos & Altos
- Section 02 for Tenors & Basses
- University Community Chorus
- Collegium Musicum
- Faculty-Staff Choir
Simply register (except for Faculty-Staff Choir) and show up the first day. Music-reading ability and previous experience are helpful but not required.
Selected, Auditioned Ensembles
The following ensembles require an audition:
- Arizona Choir
- Symphonic Choir
- Recital Choir
Students who wish to sing in these ensembles need to attend the Choral Placement Hearings at the start of each year (January hearings are available for those joining mid-year). Note: Music majors hoping to earn ensemble credit must sing a Choral Placement Hearing and participate in the ensemble to which they are assigned.