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  • Choirs sing at Mosaic concert
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  • Choir in Recital Hall
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Course Details: 
Music 103/810; MW 1:25-2:55, F 1:25-2:15

The Penn State University Concert Choir (SATB) has undertaken numerous overseas tours to countries including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Great Britain, Canada, and Australia. Performances throughout the United States have included appearances at premier venues including Heinz Hall (Pittsburgh), the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), and the Music Center at Strathmore (Maryland).  Recent highlights have included collaborations with the Bang on a Can All-Stars performing Julia Wolfe's Pulitzer Prize winning composition Anthracite Fields in 2017, and the Rolling Stones at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh in 2015. The Concert Choir has performed at conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. Performing music from the Renaissance through to the present in its regularly-scheduled campus concerts, recent performances of major choral works have included Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in C Minor (“Resurrection”), Ein deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, the Verdi Requiem, Leonard Bernstein's Mass, the Poulenc Gloria and Mozart's Mass in C Minor, K. 427 ("Grand Mass"). The Concert Choir is conducted by Christopher Kiver. Enrollment by audition.

Course Details: 
Music 093/810; MW 3:35-4:25, Sunday 8:00-10:00

Created in 1991, Essence of Joy sings sacred and secular music from the African and African American choral traditions. Annual University Park events include fall and spring concerts, as well as the "African American Music Festival" (February) and "Our Gift in Song" (December). The choir also regularly collaborates with other Penn State ensembles, including a performance of the Leonard Bernstein Mass in 2013. Involving undergraduate and graduate students from all academic programs at Penn State, Essence of Joy has performed throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Georgia, Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee, Ohio, and Illinois. The choir has been invited to perform for conferences of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (1995, 1997, 2003), the eastern division of the Music Educators National Conference (1997, 2003), the eastern division of the American Choral Directors Association (2002, 2006, 2014, 2017), the national American Choral Directors Association (1999, 2003, 2005, 2011), and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (2000). In addition, they have presented concerts at the Schomburg Museum of Black American Culture in New York City (1998, 1999, 2001). The choir has released four compact discs: "The Soul and Spirit of Essence" (1998), "Essence 'Live'" (2000), "Lift Every Voice and Sing", and "The Light" (2003). The choir made its first European tour in 2001 with concert performances in Poland and the Czech Republic. Recent tours have taken Essence of Joy members to South Africa, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Canada, Spain, and France.

Course Details: 
Music 090/810; MW 4:40-6:00

The Penn State Glee Club is Penn State’s oldest student organization. Since its first spring tour in March of 1889, the Glee Club has performed throughout the United States and abroad, with recent tours to Wales, Trinidad and Tobago, France, New Zealand, and Iceland. In recent years, the Glee Club has performed at Heinz Hall (Pittsburgh), as well as the Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center (New York). In addition, the choir has presented concerts at conventions of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (2007, 2013), Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses, Inc. (2008, 2014), the National Association for Music Education (MENC, 2009, 2019), and the American Choral Directors Association (2010, 2014). Since 2005, the Glee Club has performed major choral works including Symphony No.2 in C Minor ("Resurrection”)" by Gustav Mahler, Ein deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in D Minor ("Choral"), the Verdi Requiem, the Poulenc Gloria, and Mendelssohn's Elijah. Conducted by Christopher Kiver, the Glee Club’s members hail from all colleges on Penn State’s University Park campus.  Enrollment by audition.

Course Details: 
Music 091/810; TR 4:35-5:50
Conducted by Jayne Glocke, Oriana Singers is a treble choir composed of sixty women representing a wide variety of majors at University Park. Repertoire includes music written for treble voices from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century: madrigals, motets, part-songs, folk songs, musical theatre, and music by female composers. The choir has performed by audition at conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. Since 2005, Oriana Singers has performed major choral works including Symphony No.2 in C Minor (“Resurrection”) by Gustav Mahler, Ein deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms, Symphony No. 9 in D Minor ("Choral") by Ludwig van Beethoven, the Verdi Requiem and the Poulenc Gloria. They have also appeared in Penn State Opera Theatre's opera gala performances and the production of Hansel and Gretel. In addition to its two campus concerts per year, the choir also regularly appears on the School of Music's annual Mosaic concert. Enrollment is by audition with the conductor. Discantus, a female chamber choir of eight to fourteen voices, is composed of members of the Oriana Singers. The repertoire includes Renaissance madrigals arranged for treble voices as well as folk songs, spirituals and popular songs. Enrollment is by audition with the conductor and current membership.
Course Details: 
Music 089/810; TR 3:05-4:20
The University Choir is an eighty-voice mixed choral ensemble that includes students from many colleges and departments at University Park. Conducted by Bryan Nichols, the choir performs a variety of literature representing every musical period and genre in its two major campus concerts per year. Founded in 1948, the University Choir holds a long-standing and distinguished place within the School of Music. Performances with regional and community-based orchestras include the Johnstown Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony, Northeastern Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, and St. Louis Symphony, as well as the Penn State Philharmonic. Significant off-campus events include tours of Pennsylvania and performances for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Conference and the Eastern Division of the Music Educators National Conference. University Choir has also toured Canada, Poland, and the Czech Republic. Sine Nomine, composed of fourteen to eighteen University Choir members, is a chamber choir conducted by undergraduate choral music education students. The choir performs music written for chamber vocal ensembles at many campus events.
Course Details: 
Music 088; TR 1:35-2:25 pm
Campus Choir is a non-auditioned, non-performing ensemble that focuses on the skills needed for successful choral singing. This introduction to choral performance is designed for the less experienced singer and concentrates on basic elements of vocal production, sight singing, ear training, and the fundamentals of music notation through standard choral and vocal literature.