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Concert Choir
MUSC 4300, 0-1 credits
Meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00pm to 2:50pm
Members selected by audition

Praised for "professional musicianship" and "rich, free sound" (Boston Music Intelligencer), the Temple University Concert Choir has enjoyed a regional and national reputation for excellence and versatility. The choir is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students at the Boyer College of Music and Dance. In addition to performing the great masterworks of the choral and choral/orchestral canon, the choir is committed to the performance of new American choral music and has presented many first Philadelphia performances, including Robert Moran's Hagoromo, Alfred Schnittke's Requiem, Arvo Pärt's Passio Nostri Jesu Christi Secundum Joannem, Eriks Ešenvalds's Three Teasdale Poems, and Donald McCullough's Song of the Shulamite.

The Concert Choir has been Temple's choral ambassador in the United States and abroad. Under the direction of Alan Harler, the ensemble earned invitations to perform at the National and Eastern Division conferences of the American Choral Directors Association in 1995, 2000, 2004, and 2008, at the inaugural conference of the National Collegiate Choral Organization in 2006, and at Alice Tully Hall with Manhattan Concert Productions in 2013. It has performed across the United States as well as China, Hong Kong, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico, and has sung for some of the world's great conductors, including Eugene Ormandy, Riccardo Muti, Leopold Stokowski, Klaus Tennstedt, Zubin Mehta, Carlo Maria Giulini, Krzysztof Penderecki and Hellmuth Rilling.

The choir has performed under the distinctive leadership of Elaine Brown, Robert Page, and Alan Harler, and since 2011 has been conducted by Paul Rardin. Its most recent CD Waken the Dawn, recorded in 2012 on the BCM&D label, features words and music by African-American composers and poets. The ensemble's recording of William Averitt's Afro-American Fragments was praised by the composer as "absolutely superb from start to finish."

Read the review of the Concert Choir's May 2014 performance in Cambridge, MA.

University Singers
MUSC 3300 - 002, 0-1 credits
Meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00pm to 2:50pm
Members must take a placement audition at the beginning of the semester

University Singers is a mixed choir of students representing a wide range of majors within the Boyer College and across the University. The choir performs frequently on and off campus, and participates in the annual combined-choir and orchestra concerts at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The University Singers took part in the 1967 Grammy-winning performance of Carl Orff's Catulli Carmina with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

The University Singers have served regularly as musical ambassadors to the greater Philadelphia community, performing in recent years at the Historic St. George's Church, Rutgers University-Camden, and other venues. The Singers perform a diverse sampling of repertoire from many different times and traditions. Founded in the 1960s and enjoying decades' worth of loyal alumni, the ensemble has sung under the expert musical leadership of Gail Poch, Tram Sparks and Jeffrey Cornelius.

The University Singers is conducted by Mitos Andaya.

University Chorale
MUSC 3300 - 001, 0-1 credits
Meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00pm to 2:50pm
Members must take a placement audition at the beginning of the semester

The University Chorale is a mixed choir of students representing a wide range of majors within the Boyer College and across the University. The Chorale, originally titled Music Education Chorus, formed as a result of the merger of the Men's Glee Club and Women's Glee Club in the 1960s. The ensemble was conducted for many years by Temple Professor Emerita Janet Yamron until her retirement in 2009, and took part in the 1967 Grammy-winning performance of Carl Orff's Catulli Carmina with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

The Chorale performs music of many times and cultures, and in recent years has placed special emphasis on contemporary American music, including works by Eric William Barnum, Daniel Pinkham, Jeffery Ames, Carol Barnett and Frank Ticheli.

Women's Chorus
MUSC 3300 - 003, 0-1 credits
Meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00pm to 2:50pm
Members must take a placement audition at the beginning of the semester

The Women's Chorus is a mixed choir of female students representing a wide range of majors within the Boyer College and across the University. Formed in 2000 with the intent of expanding Temple's choirs' repertoire, the ensemble performs four times per year on campus as well as with the combined choirs and orchestra for the annual Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts concerts.

Recent performances have included standard SSA works such as Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols, as well as lesser-known pieces such as Saint-Saëns's La Nuit and Vaughan Williams's Magnificat. The ensemble has been conducted by Tram Sparks, Paul Jones, and John Sall, and is currently conducted by Christine Bass.

Singing Owls
Non-curricular/volunteer
Meets on Tuesdays from 7:30pm to 9:30pm

The Singing Owls joins the roster of Temple choirs for the first time in Fall 2014. Singing Owls is a mixed choir comprised of Temple University students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the Philadelphia community. The ensemble's primary goal is appreciation and performance of music from diverse places, cultures, and time periods. The choir's first concert is entitled "Music of Life" and will consist of music by Dan Forrest, Daniel Elder, and Rollo Dilworth. The ensemble performs on campus once per semester and is open to all without audition.

The choir is conducted by Rollo Dilworth.

Graduate Conductors Chorus
MUSC 4310, 0-1 credits
Meets on Mondays from 3:00pm to 4:50pm
Members selected by audition

The Graduate Conductors Chorus is an ensemble of 24 members selected from the Concert Choir by competitive audition. The choir is conducted by MM Choral Conducting students and presents a recital every six weeks under the direction of a different conductor. Members receive tuition assistance each semester and are held to a high standard of sight-reading and musical preparation. The ensemble focuses on concerted and a cappella choral literature from the Renaissance to present day.

Graduate conductors for Fall 2014 are Kevin Crouch, Marianne Gruzwalski, Tyler Tejada, and John Vovak.

Recital Chorus
Non-curricular/volunteer
Meets on Thursdays from 3:00pm to 4:50pm

The Recital Chorus is a volunteer ensemble of 20-40 members recruited by MM Choral Conducting students. The ensemble presents a recital every six weeks under the direction of a different conductor and is noted for spirited performances of works from the classical, folk and world traditions.

Graduate conductors for Fall 2014 are Katherine Geiger and Kelly Wyszomierski.