Choral Activities at Valdosta State University
Students from all over campus can find their voice in one of our four different choral ensembles. With almost two-hundred singers and growing each year, the choral area presents the best in vocal ensemble singing.
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The 75-voice Concert Choir serves as the largest vocal ensemble on campus, performing several times throughout the year, including large-scale works with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra.
The Valdosta State University Concert Choir is one of two choral ensembles in the Department of Music. The Concert Choir serves as the principal ensemble for vocal majors. Concert Choir has an annual enrollment of one-hundred students or more. Students receive one-hour credit and meet Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 - 4:45 pm. There is no audition and students receive one-hour for the class. Students who participate do need to have some background in choral singing and be able to read music.
Concert Choir prepares two concerts each year. The fall concert is generally shared with the Chamber Singers. Literature is highly varied and offers something for everyone.
Spring semester the Concert Choir generally combines with the Valdosta Symphony Chorus and joins the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra in a performance of a major choral work. Recent works have included the Requiems of Mozart, Faure, Brahms and Verdi, the Ninth Symphony of Beethoven, Orff's Carmina Burana, Missa Solemnis by Beethoven and a complete performance of Messiah by George Frederic Handel. The spring of 2009 the Concert Choir performed Arthur Honegger's King David with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, both in Valdosta as well as the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Paul Andrew Neal, conductor
The VSU Chamber Singers is the premiere auditioned choral group at VSU and performs the highest level of choral music. The Chamber Singers is the primary touring ensemble, touring annually throughout Georgia and internationally every three years. The group recently returned from a successful concert tour to Atlanta and Nashville, TN. The Chamber Singers is a select mixed ensemble that specializes in repertoire composed for small ensembles such as renaissance madrigals, romantic part songs, and vocal jazz. Membership is open to any student based upon audition by the conductor.
The fall will feature the VSU Chamber Singers in a unique holiday performance in the West Hall Rotunda as well as a guest performance at Spivey Hall. The Spring 2012 Concert Tour will perform at the Regional Conference of the American Choral Directors Association in Winston-Salem, NC. The Chamber Singers will embark on an international tour in the Spring of 2014.
Valdosta Symphony Chorus
The Valdosta Symphony Chorus is comprised of university faculty/staff and community members and serves as an extension of the choral department. Typically, the VSO Chorus joins with the Concert Choir and performs regularly with the VSO in major choral orchestral works such as the Verdi Requiem and Orff's Carmina Burana.
The Spotlighters specialize in vocal jazz and perform regularly with the VSU jazz ensemble.