Choral Opportunities at Ohio University

All students, regardless of major, are welcome and encouraged to participate in the choral program. Interested singers should read this announcement fully.  Below is a brief summary of each ensemble. At the end of the summary is important information about scheduling a placement hearing. Questions and concerns may be addressed to Dr. Bradley Naylor, Director of Choral Activities (naylorb@ohio.edu).

OHIO UNIVERSITY SINGERS (MUS 2530) is the flagship concert choir of the Ohio University School of Music.  They are a mixed ensemble of 32-48 voices devoted to the outstanding performance of choral repertoire of all styles and periods. Membership is open to all qualified singers; a significant percentage of members are music majors.

  • Rehearsal Schedule: Mondays, 2:00-4:00 PM; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-2:50 PM.

  • Placement hearing required (see “CHORAL PLACEMENT HEARINGS” below).

  • Students must register.

  • Dr. Bradley Naylor, Director: naylorb@ohio.edu

CHORAL UNION (MUS 2531) is a large, mixed chorus of students, faculty, and community members. The ensemble unites annually with the University Singers and Ohio University Symphony to perform outstanding major choral works such as Mozart’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Bach’s Magnificat, and Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem.

  • Rehearsal Schedule: Mondays, 7:00-9:00 PM.

  • Placement hearing required for student members (see “CHORAL PLACEMENT HEARINGS” below). Students must register.

  • Dr. Paul Mayhew, Director: 740-593-4244, mayhew@ohio.edu.

SINGING MEN OF OHIO (MUS 2533) are an ensemble of 80+ students drawn from diverse majors and degree tracks of the institution. Established as both a performing ensemble within the School of Music as well as a student organization that sponsors service projects, social activities, and makes numerous community appearances at university and alumni functions, The Singing Men of Ohio enjoy a unique blend of professional training in music with opportunities for creative expression in the spirit of fraternity.

  • Rehearsal Schedule: MWF, 11:50 AM-12:45.

  • Placement hearing required for NEW members (see “CHORAL PLACEMENT HEARINGS” below).

  • Students must register.

  • Dr. Bradley Naylor, Director: naylorb@ohio.edu.

OHIO UNIVERSITY WOMEN’S ENSEMBLE (MUS 2534) are a 100+ voice ensemble made up of talented singers from diverse majors.  Originally founded in 1924, the ensemble’s current name and brand were established in 2014.  As a student organization, the mission of OWE is to create a “Sisterhood through Song,” such that each member becomes a better singer, musician, and performer.

  • Rehearsal Schedule: MWF, 11:50 AM-12:45.

  • Placement hearing required for NEW members (see “CHORAL PLACEMENT HEARINGS” below).

  • Students must register.

  • Dr. Paul Mayhew, Conductor: 740-593-4244, mayhew@ohio.edu.

 

Fall 2018 Choral Placement Hearing Information

Thank you for your interest in joining one of Ohio University's four choirs: Choral Union, Women's Ensemble, Singing Men of Ohio, and University Singers.  ANY OU student is welcome and encouraged to seek membership in ANY choir.  ALL FOUR ensembles are open to majors AND non-majors. Please let your friends and colleagues know that we would love to have them join us for this exciting year!

You MUST attend a (friendly!) Choral Placement Hearing if ANY of the following are true of you:

  1. You want to join an ensemble you've NOT SUNG IN before
  2. Are a music major whose principal instrument is VOICE
  3. Are AUDITIONING for University Singers

You do not need to prepare anything for the hearing, which will include:

  • Filling out an information card (please arrive EARLY to do this - about 15 minutes)
  • Vocalizing to determine your vocal range
  • Sight-singing and pitch memory exercises to determine vocal musicianship

Hearing times are available at the following times:

  • Monday, 8/27: 2 - 7 pm
  • Tuesday, 8/28: 12 noon - 10 pm 

Hearings will take place in Dr. Naylor's office, Glidden Hall, room 446; however, students interested in singing only in the Ohio Women's Ensemble should instead contact Dr. Paul Mayhew at mayhew@ohio.edu to schedule a Choral Placement Hearing.