Course Number: Music 144
Wei Cheng, Director
Tutti Rehearsals: MW 5:30-7:30pm, online
Sectionals: W 4:00-5:00pm, online
Auditions are held at the beginning of every semester. Please refer to the Audition Requirements for more details.
Description and History
The University Chorus is a select ensemble of approximately eighty singers open to all musicians in the campus community: undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, community members. Acceptance into the chorus is by audition.
Sponsored by the Music Department, the chorus performs literature from the standard choral-orchestral repertoire to contemporary music. Along with concerts on campus under its director Wei Cheng, the chorus has been invited to perform with the Midsummer Mozart Festival under George Cleve (Beethoven Ninth Symphony), the Oakland-East Bay Symphony under Michael Morgan (Gershwin Porgy & Bess), and with the Berkeley Symphony under Kent Nagano and Joana Carneiro. Its concerts have met with enthusiastic reviews from the local press. “The University Chorus is “very impressive in sonority, quality of tone and expressiveness.” (SF Chronicle). In 2011-12, the chorus collaborated with Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra from Venezuela was a resounding success and Beethoven 9th Symphony with the UCB Symphony.
The goal of the University Chorus is to provide our singers and our audiences with a stimulating musical experience. In any four-year cycle, singers can expect to perform repertoire in a several languages and from various centuries. Each rehearsal involves a combination of vocal instruction, ensemble training, and musical interpretation. Singers can expect to be challenged and enriched in many ways over the course of each year. Whether they see music as their vocation or passionate avocation, most University Chorus alumni continue to sing well beyond their years at Cal and many are accepted into the most prestigious choirs around the globe.
Golden Bear Voices (Treble Chorus):
This is a newly-launched, advanced treble chorus that will be in conjunction with University Chorus. Students must participate in either University Chorus or Chamber Chorus to be considered for Golden Bear Voices. In lieu of University Chorus sectionals (W 4:00-5:00pm), members will use this time to rehearse a separate set of repertoire (W 4:00-5:15pm). Thus, members of Golden Bear Voices will be expected to have more advanced vocal technique and musicianship skills. This ensemble will be featured in both the University Chorus and Chamber Chorus concerts during the semester.
Membership in the Chorus is open to all singer-musicians in the campus community: undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, community members. Singers may receive University credit for their participation (Music 144, 2 credit hours per semester). Enrollment is not required but highly encouraged. Everyone — whether participating for credit or not — must audition. Regular attendance at rehearsals and participation in public performances is required. The University Chorus performs several times per semester at Hertz Hall and sometimes off campus, including noon concert and evening concerts.
- Verdi, Requiem, “Tuba mirum” with the UC Alumni Chorus
Recorded live, Hertz Hall, Spring 1999
- Malkin-Stillwater, Benediction with the UC Chamber Chorus
Recorded live, Hertz Hall
In memoriam 9-11 concert, Fall 2002
- J.S. Bach, Matthäus-Passion, Movt. 1 excerpt with baroque orchestra
Recorded live, Hertz Hall, Spring 2006
- Mendelssohn, Elijah, Movt. 15
Recorded live, Hertz Hall, Fall 2006