Vocal Choral Ensembles

Chamber Choir

Sharon J. Paul, director

The Chamber Choir is a highly select mixed chamber ensemble of 24-32 voices specializing in a cappella repertoire from the sixteenth through twenty-first centuries. Members are mostly graduate and upper-level undergraduate students with excellent sight-reading skills and vocal ability. University of Oregon’s Chamber Choir has garnered international acclaim in recent years, winning First Prize at the 2013 Fleischmann International Trophy Competition at the Cork International Choral Festival in Cork, Ireland, and taking top honors in two categories at the 2011 Tallinn International Choral Festival in Tallinn, Estonia. In May, 2015, the Chamber Choir was one of 10 choirs worldwide invited to compete at the 14th International Chamber Choir Competition in Marktoberdorf, Germany, where they received second prize overall, won a special prize for the best interpretation of the compulsory work, and were the only student group to achieve a Level I recognition for an “excellent performance at the international level.” Following the competition, they were honored to serve as the rehearsal choir for the International Masterclass for Choral Conductors at the Bavarian Music Academy under the leadership of Volker Hempfling (Germany) and Jonathan Velasco (Phillipines). In 2014 the Chamber Choir became a resident ensemble at the Oregon Bach Festival, performing each summer under the direction of Helmuth Rilling and Matthew Halls. In addition, they have performed at state and divisional conferences for the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association for Music Education. Auditions are held during the Week of Welcome and into the first three days of classes fall term.

Repertoire Singers

Sharon J. Paul, faculty advisor

Repertoire Singers is a select forty-voice ensemble that is directed each term by one or two graduate students in choral conducting. Their repertoire is drawn from all musical periods and styles. Auditions are held at the beginning of each term.

University Singers

Sharon J. Paul, director

The University Singers is the premier large choral ensemble on campus, with a choral tradition at the University of Oregon extending back to 1945. The University Singers perform choral music from all periods and styles, with concerts both on and off campus. Members are experienced singers representing a wide variety of majors from across campus. The University Singers frequently have the opportunity to perform with instrumental ensembles such as the University Symphony Orchestra, the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, and the Collegium Musicum. Auditions are held during the Week of Welcome and into the first three days of classes fall term.

Women's Choir

Christopher S. Olin, director

Women's Choir is a select choir for women's voices that is open to all university students.  Singers from diverse backgrounds come together each quarter to study women's choral music and perform on university choral concerts.  Recent performances have featured repertoire ranging over four centuries, including many languages, styles, and cultures.  The women's choir is dedicated to providing a collaborative learning environment where students can develop their singing voices and pursue musical excellence. Auditions are held at the beginning of each term.