Sing at Vanderbilt!
The choral offerings at Vanderbilt University are designed to make a quality choral ensemble available to each Vanderbilt student. All Vanderbilt Choirs are open to both music and non-music majors, both for credit and not-for-credit. Scroll down to see the choral offerings at Vanderbilt.
Blair's Director of Choral Studies is Tucker Biddlecombe. He also serves as Chorus Director for the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.
Music in the Listening Place
The Vanderbilt Chorale released their first full-length album in February of 2018, entitled Music in the Listening Place. This album has been described as "a taster of the emotional highs and lows choral music can evoke in the listener" (Review Graveyard). The American Record Guide labeled this record as "a fine album, in part because of the intense performances of the students of the Vanderbilt Chorale" (American Record Guide). Click the playlist below to hear the album in its entirety, or download on Amazon, iTunes/Apple Music, or Spotify.
Choral Offerings and Auditions
Vanderbilt Chorale - MUSE 2120 [1.0 credit]
Director: Tucker Biddlecombe
Meeting Times (Fall/Spring): 3:20-4:30 p.m. MWF in Choral Hall (Blair)
Fall 2019 concert dates: September 7, September 27 & 28, November 21
Open by audition to all Vanderbilt students (both music and non-music majors), this select 36-40 voice choir performs music in a variety of styles, and forms the core of the Vanderbilt Symphonic Choir. This ensemble performs multiple formal concerts per semester with bi-annual national and international tours. High levels of musicianship, preparation, and vocal flexibility are required.
Vanderbilt Chorale has already completed auditions for Fall, however the group will be re-auditioned for Spring. At least one semester of past participation in Symphonic Choir is required. Audition repertoire will be chosen from this fall's concert literature, as well as advanced sight-reading and vocalization emphasizing flexibility. If you would like to be considered, please click this link and fill out the returning student questionnaire. The link to the audition form can be accessed here.
Vanderbilt Symphonic Choir - MUSE 1020 [1.0 credit]
Director: Tucker Biddlecombe
Meeting Times (Fall/Spring): 4:10-5:30 p.m. T/Th in Choral Hall and IRH (Blair)
Fall 2019 concert dates: September 27, November 21
Open by audition to all Vanderbilt students (both music and non-music majors), this choral ensemble performs choral music of all genres, and combines with the orchestra to perform major choral works each year. This ensemble fulfills ensemble credit for students majoring or minoring in music, and is open to non-majors who meet prerequisite standards of music reading, vocal quality and choral experience.
To join Symphonic Choir for the Fall, simply register for MUSE 1020. If you are a returning student who has participated in Symphonic Choir before, simply register for the course and you will be contacted about whether or not an audition hearing is needed. If you are a new student, you should also register for the course, however you will need to complete an audition by appointment during the first week of classes according to the parameters below. These auditions can be scheduled by filling out this online information form. The link to sign up for an audition is on the last page of the questionnaire.
Audition requirements for ALL students include the following:
- One art song, memorized or not. Bring two copies of music. A pianist will be provided.
- Moderately difficult (but melodic) sight-reading, on solfege or neutral syllable -- your choice.
- Vocalize, and sight-read melodic examples on solfege or neutral syllable -- your choice.
Some suggestions of art songs to sing:
- Burleigh - Deep River
- Giordani - Caro Mio Ben
- Monteverdi - Lasciatemi Morire
- Quilter - Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal
- Schubert - An Die Musik
- Vaughan Williams - The Call
Blair Jazz Choir - MUSE 1330 [1.0 credit]
Director: Christina Watson
Meeting Times: 5:30-6:40 p.m. MW in Rm. 2190 (Blair)
Open by audition to all Vanderbilt students; ensemble is limited to 12 voices, plus rhythm section. Repertoire includes scat, contemporary, and standard jazz. On and off-campus performances throughout the semester.
Student-led Choral Ensembles
These student-directed ensembles are open to Vanderbilt students by audition, and contribute to the varied student life atmosphere of the Vanderbilt campus. Whether you're interested in an all-male a cappella group such as The Melodores, a co-ed a cappella group such as Variations, or a worship experience with the gospel choir Voices of Praise, there is a choral group on campus for you.
Vanderbilt Melodores - All-male a cappella
Harmonic Notion - Mixed a capella
Swingin' Dores - All-female a cappella
Vanderbilt Dodecaphonics (Dodecs) - All-male a cappella
Voices of Praise - Gospel a cappella
Vanderbilt Variations - Mixed a cappella
Victory A Cappella - Christian a cappella
Voce - All-female a cappella
Option 1: Black tuxedo, black collared button-down shirt, white tuxedo shirt, standard sized black bow tie, black socks, black shoes
Option 2: Conservative, ankle-length black dress, black skirt (no slits), or black dress pants with long sleeved black blouse, closed-toe black shoes.
Chorale Only: Tunic provided. You must provide tuxedo bottoms or dress pants (no leggings or denim) with closed toed dress shoes.