Joining a choral ensemble is a great way to make new friends and find an outlet for your creative energy, all while earning general education credits toward graduation. All choirs at UW-Whitewater are open to all students, regardless of major. Most choirs do not require an audition. Simply sign up on WINS and show up for the first rehearsal. Other choirs do require a competitive audition. Whatever your interest - classical, world, jazz, pop, or gospel music - there is a choir for you at UW-Whitewater. For further information, please contact Robert Gehrenbeck, Director of Choral Activities at firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-472-5629.
Robert Gehrenbeck , conductor
The UW-Whitewater Concert Choir is a large mixed chorus made up of singers from across campus. No audition necessary! Repertoire includes classical music of all periods, both sacred and secular, as well as global music - for example, music from Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Performances are at university and local events, including concerts in combination with other choirs and the Whitewater Symphony Orchestra. Most Concert Choir members also participate in Men's Chorus or Women's Chorale.
- Rehearsals: M-Th 4:30 - 5:20. MUSC 171-02; 1 credit. Non-music majors have the option to sing in Concert Choir (TuTh only) only without also singing in Men's or Women's choruses. The course number for this option is MUSC 279-04 (1 credit).
Meistersingers Men's Chorus
Brian Leeper, conductor
Meistersingers is a men's chorus consisting of singers from many majors on campus, and includes the men from the Concert Choir. No audition necessary! The Meistersingers perform a wide repertoire of music from different musical styles and periods including Renaissance motets, opera choruses, folksongs, spirituals, contemporary works, and Whitewater songs. Most performances are at university and local events.
- Rehearsals: MW 4:30 - 5:20. MUSC 279-03; 1 credit
Robert Gehrenbeck, conductor
The UW-Whitewater Women's Chorale consists of singers from across the campus, including members of Concert Choir. No audition necessary! The Chorale's repertoire includes everything from Renaissance madrigals to contemporary works, from classical, musical theatre and global music traditions, with an emphasis on women composers. Most performances are at university and local events.
- Rehearsals: MW 4:30 - 5:20. MUSC 279-02; 1 credit.
Robert Gehrenbeck, conductor
The UW-Whitewater Chamber Singers is a select ensemble of 24-30 members, including music majors as well as singers from across the campus. The choir's repertoire embraces everything from Renaissance madrigals to masterworks of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, to music composed within the last several years, including new pieces written especially for the group. The choir tours annually in the upper Midwest and beyond. In May of 2010, the Chamber Singers embarked upon a ten-day tour of Germany and the Czech Republic. Membership by audition only.
- Rehearsals: M - Th 3:30 - 4:20. MUSC 171-01; 1 credit.
Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Sharri VanAlstine, conductor
Vocal Jazz Ensemble is a select ensemble of 8-16 mixed voices that performs a wide variety of repertoire, covering all styles in the contemporary vocal idiom, including jazz, pop, and Broadway. Performs on campus and on annual tours. Membership by audition only. Openings are also available for the instrumental combo and sound technicians.
- Rehearsals: MW 5:30 - 6:30 pm. MUSC 279-01; 1 credit.
Leotha Stanley, director
The UW-Whitewater Gospel Choir is open to all students and currently consists of 100 members. Students learn about the history of Gospel Music and sing at special engagements and at three major on-campus concerts per year. No previous gospel singing is required. Open to all without an audition.
- Rehearsals: Th 6:30-8:00 pm. MUSC 279-05; 1 credit.