Students at the University of Southern Maine have a variety of ensembles and vocal instruction available to them.
The University Chorale, an auditioned ensemble of music majors and other University students, sings a wide spectrum of repertoire from all historical periods. The Chorale has sung in recent years Bach's Magnificat, Orff's Carmina Burana, Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, and Mozart's Credomesse and Requiem. The Chorale has earned the respect of noted national and international choral conductors through its participation in the Portland Concert Association's choral residency. Robert Russell conducts the University Chorale and Chamber Singers.
The singers in the USM Chamber Singers represent the most outstanding vocal performers at the University of Southern Maine. Chosen through a careful audition process, the singers rehearse 150 minutes each week. Committed to choral excellence, these students have accepted a responsibility to musical distinction through a focus on warmth of tone, precise intonation, and the artistry of understanding the nuance of text. The Chamber Singers perform a diverse repertory centered on a cappella literature of the Renaissance Era and the Twentieth Century. They have produced several CDs over the years, and have participated in international tours.
Singers in the Opera Workshop perform opera and musical comedy both in selected scenes from many operas and in fully staged productions. The School of Music collaborates each year with the Theatre Department in a major production.Ellen Chickering directs the opera workshop. Edward Reichert directs musical theatre productions.
Vocal Training in Chorus: A Presentation for the American Choral Director's Association - by Robert Russell
For more information about vocal studies at USM, contact:
- Voice: Ellen Chickering, (coordinator) applied music and Opera Workshop; Christina Astrachan; Mary Bastoni; David Goulet; Judith James; Elisabeth Marshall; Malcolm Smith; Margaret Yauger
- Jazz Voice: Taylor O'Donnell
- Vocal Coach: Kathleen Scott
- Musical Theatre: Edward Reichert, musical theatre
- Choral Studies: Robert Russell, choral studies, USM Chamber Singers, University Chorale
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