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.
Vanderbilt Chorale - MUSE 2120 [1.0 credit]
Director: Tucker Biddlecombe
Meeting Times (Fall): MWF 1:50-2:40 p.m.; T 3:55-4:45 p.m. (sectional)
Open by audition to all Vanderbilt students (both music and non-music majors), this select 24 voice choir performs music in a variety of styles, and 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 will be re-auditioned each semester. At least one semester of past participation in a curricular chorus is required. Audition information is available by filling out the returning student questionnaire. The link to the audition form can be accessed here.
Vanderbilt University Singers - MUSE 1020 [1.0 credit]
Directors: Tucker Biddlecombe, Mary Biddlecombe
Section 01 - SATB Chamber Ensemble: Meeting Times (Fall): MWF 4:10-5:00 p.m.
Section 02 - TTBB Glee Club: Meeting Times (Fall): TR 3:55pm-5:10pm
Section 03 - SSAA Treble Chorus: Meeting Times (Fall): TR 3:55pm-5:10pm
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.
University Singers Section 01 requires an audition to ascertain voicing and sight-reading. This can be scheduled filling out the returning student questionnaire . The link to the audition form can be accessed here .
University Singers Sections 02 (TTBB) and 03 (SSAA) are non-auditioned choruses. If you are a new student you should register for the course, however you will need to complete a voicing by appointment during the first week of classes to determine your voice part.
Blair Jazz Choir - MUSE 1330
[1.0 credit, hybrid instruction for Fall 2020]
Director: Christina Watson
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.
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.