Choirs

BYU Choirs

The BYU choirs are internationally recognized for their excellent range of vocal styles and musical periods, as well as their precise technical facility and sensitive musical expression. Nearly 500 students sing in the four outstanding auditioned choral groups: BYU Singers, Concert Choir, Men’s Chorus and Women’s Chorus. Additionally, both a daytime and evening section of University Chorale are available to all students without audition.

Brigham Young University Singers is an exciting 40-voice mixed choir with impressive voices and a wide range of styles. Conducted by Dr. Andrew Crane, the group performs pieces from nearly every musical genre as well as many original works written or arranged for the choir.

As the university’s flagship touring choir, they have given concerts in some of the most prestigious concert halls in the world, including Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Sydney Opera House and Town Hall, and the Musikverein in Vienna. They have traveled throughout the United States and to 27 foreign countries. BYU Singers has performed numerous times at state, national, and regional conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, and National Collegiate Choral Organization since their formation in 1985.

BYU Singers consists of 40 students pursuing a variety of graduate and undergraduate degrees in such areas as physical science, law, accounting, social science, visual arts, and music.

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The Brigham Young University Concert Choir is an auditioned ensemble made up of nearly one hundred students representing diverse majors from myriad disciplines. This select, mixed-voice ensemble frequently performs choral-orchestral masterworks alongside traditional repertoire from the choral canon, including newly commissioned compositions. Additionally, Concert Choir often performs multicultural selections from across the globe.

The Concert Choir has been a featured ensemble at regional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), as guest artists with the Utah Symphony, and on multiple recordings.

This year, the Concert Choir will perform a full slate of concerts, including a special performance titled: “An Evening with Eric Whitacre and the BYU Choirs” in March 2022, under the direction of the esteemed composer and conductor.

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The Brigham Young University Men’s Chorus is thought to be the largest collegiate male choral organization in the country. Founded in 1901 as the Male Glee, it has steadily grown in size and reputation from humble beginnings into a premier 180-voice ensemble. As a result of its versatile literature and engaging performance style, the BYU Men’s Chorus has captured the admiration of audiences throughout the Western United States and beyond.

Each year the choir includes a diverse and unique representation of the university community. Choir members originate not only from the United States and Canada, but from countries throughout the world. Of the 180 members only a few are music majors with the remainder drawn from every college and department of the university. Over 2/3 of the chorus have served LDS missions throughout the world, and a large number are planning to serve after their 18th or 19th birthdays.

They have earned their popularity through hours of dedicated rehearsal, diverse repertoire, and a uniquely powerful and unified sound. Because of this, Men’s Chorus performances showcase the talents of individual choir members through vocal solos, instrumental accompaniment, and movement. As such, being selected from classical, spiritual, hit, and folk pieces, the music in a Men’s Chorus performance is sure to please all ages.

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Brigham Young University Women’s Chorus is a large ensemble honoring the elegance of the female voice through focused technique and well-rehearsed sound. Comprised of more than 160 members, Women’s Chorus is a collection of university students gathering from all over the United States as well as diverse nations around the world.

Women’s Chorus continues to garner attention from domestic and international audiences as it showcases a harmonious blend of voices and depth of sound. Under the direction of Dr. Sonja Poulter, the choir empowers the divine attributes of women alongside the skillful creation of music to engage its singers and audiences in peace-finding and faith-promoting experiences.

Women’s Chorus uses repertoire from all eras and styles to spotlight beauty in word and music. Diversity of genre and voice allows the choir to produce a range of musical experience from soothing reverence to full-bodied resonance.

Women’s Chorus is one of four prestigious auditioned choirs at Brigham Young University. Women’s Chorus welcomes aspiring singers from all majors with significant choral experience. Auditions are held annually.

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University Chorale is the non-auditioned choir at BYU. Enrollment is open to all students. There are two different sections of University Chorale, and they operate independently as two different choirs. The day section meets M/W/F from 12:00-12:50 in the Madsen Recital Hall, and is run by the current graduate students in Choral Conducting.. The evening section meets T/Th from 4:00-5:30 in room 251 of the Tanner Building. University Chorale has one concert at the end of each semester, and the choirs also perform at the campus Devotional once per semester.

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