The UNCG Choral program is recognized for excellence, creative performances, and high artistic standards. The UNCG Choirs are comprised of four ensembles: University Chamber Singers, University Chorale, Coro di Belle Voce and Spartan Voices. These diverse offerings allow students the opportunity to experience a wide range of stylistic ideas through the exploration of music from various time periods and various cultures, including major choral-orchestral works as well as smaller chamber pieces. The UNCG Choirs have performed at state, regional, national and international conferences. Dr. Welborn Young serves as director of choral activities and conductor of the University Chamber Singers and Coro di Belle Voce. Dr. Carole Ott serves as associate director of Choral Activities and conducts the University Chorale and Coro di Belle Voce. Dr. Brett Nolker is director of choral music education and conducts Spartan Voices.
The mission of the UNCG Choirs is dedicated to the teaching, performance, study and cultivation of choral music of the highest quality representing not just the western choral canon but also choral music of other cultures by a diverse body of historical and new composers. We believe that the UNCG Choirs are a serious and distinctive medium of musical expression, of vital service and importance to its members and to UNCG. Through ensemble performance, we strive to create an environment of trust, communication, and expressive freedom, to present outstanding performances throughout the year, and to enhance the institutional sprit and character of UNCG. To music as an art and a profession, the UNCG Choirs seek to bring increasing artistry, understanding, and respect by efforts within our own immediate sphere and by providing leadership and sponsorship to school choral programs and through cooperation with all other agencies pursuing similar musical goals.
Note: Graduate students should enroll at the 600 level for ensembles (680, 682, 678,688)
Spartan Voices (ENS 380/680).
This ensemble is open to all UNCG tenors and basses. Placement is based on an audition for music majors and minors, during the specified audition dates, and on an informal vocal assessment on the first day of rehearsal for non-music majors. The ensemble sings literature from all historical periods and styles: classical, sacred, secular, serious and lighter works from broadway to pops. Each semester the ensemble also combines may combine with University Chorale and Chamber Singers to perform SATB repertoire that is orchestrally accompanied. Dr. Brett Nolker is the conductor. (TTh, 12:30-1:45)
Coro di Belle Voce (ENS 387/687)
Coro di Belle Voce is a select ensemble of 12-20 advanced gifted and dedicated soprano and alto vocalists from the UNCG student body.
Membership is by audition. The ensemble performs music from all periods and of the highest caliber, providing the members of the ensemble an opportunity to sing and explore music in all styles throughout each semester including major works with orchestra. Dr. Welborn Young is the conductor. (MWF 11:00-11:50)
University Chorale (ENS 382-01/682)
University Chorale is an ensemble of 40-60 singers of the most gifted and dedicated singers from the UNCG student body. Membership requires an audition. This ensemble prepares singers for a lifetime of choral participation as professional singers, music educators and enthusiastic amateurs. The Chorale performs a full range of literature representing not just the western choral canon but also choral music of other cultures by a diverse body of historical and new composers throughout each semester including major works with orchestra. Dr. Carole Ott is the conductor. (TTR 12:30-1:45, F 1:00-1:50)
Chamber Singers (ENS 388/688)
The Chamber Singers is a highly select ensemble of 28-30 gifted and talented pre-professional singers, music educators, and very dedicated amateurs chosen from the UNCG student body. Membership requires an audition. Chamber Singers performs choral masterworks, new works, a cappella or instrumentally accompanied, in concerts throughout the semester including major works with orchestra. Dr. Welborn Young is the conductor. (TTR 12:30-1:45, F 1:00-1:50)
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Choruses Dr. Welborn Young [email protected]
Choruses Dr. Carole Ott [email protected]
Music Education Dr. Brett Nolker [email protected]