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Interested singers can audition for major performances

Posted: 10:48 AM, Aug 26, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-26 10:48:57-04
Choral Union

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan State University Choral Union will be holding auditions for its upcoming season on Wednesdays, Sept. 4 and 11, at 6 p.m. Auditionees should meet outside of Room 147 of the MSU Communication Arts and Sciences Building, which is at the southeast corner of Red Cedar and Wilson on the MSU campus. The first rehearsal will be Wednesday, Sept. 4. Those auditioning on this date or Sept. 11 should plan to stay for the rehearsals held at 7 p.m., following auditions.

Auditionees will be asked to vocalize and sing the first verse of The Star Spangled Banner. Previous choral singing experience is desirable, but not required. No appointment is necessary but auditionees should arrive at 6 p.m. for a general information session. Private individual auditions will immediately follow.

This fall, the ensemble will perform Mahler’s epic Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”) with Maestro Timothy Muffitt and the Lansing Symphony Orchestra on Nov. 2 and Poulenc’s festive Gloria along with selections from Handel’s beloved Messiah with Professor Jonathan Reed and the MSU Symphony Orchestra. The spring semester will celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with a performance of his Mass in C with Professor David Rayl and the MSU Symphony Orchestra.

Professor Rayl, director of choral programs at MSU, conducts the Choral Union. “It offers enriching opportunities to sing an array of historic and powerful choral works with a first-class orchestra on the stage of Wharton Center,” says Rayl. “Members of the Choral Union come with a wide variety of musical experiences and abilities. Their common love of choral-orchestral singing brings a unifying element among members, which creates lasting memories made on the stage.”

The ensemble rehearses on Wednesday evenings, 7-9 p.m. Members pay a $53.50 per semester registration fee ($41.25 for high school or college students) and the cost of their musical scores (approximately $20 per semester).

For additional information, please contact musgrad@msu.edu or at (517) 353-9122.

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