Singing at Emory

The Emory choirs represent long-standing traditions in the Emory community, with performances including the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, solo concerts including a variety of choral repertoire, masterworks with the symphony orchestra, and joint concerts with Emory's a cappella groups. The two ensembles offer students the opportunity to grow as musicians, to perform at the highest caliber, and to form close-knit bonds with others in the Emory community. Both groups are directed by Dr. Eric Nelson, who has degrees in voice and conducting from Houghton College, Westminster Choir College, and Indiana University.

Emory Concert Choir

The Concert Choir is Emory University's select chamber choir. The singers in the choir come from across the country and around the world. The Concert Choir has been selected to sing at both the Southern and National conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. It has given performances throughout the world, including Avery Fisher Hall in New York City, St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, the Berlinerdom in Berlin, Karmelitow Boysch Church in Krakow, St. Nicholas Church in Prague, and in Bobby Dodd Stadium at the Georgia Institute of Technology with the Rolling Stones. The choir sings a wide variety of sacred and secular repertoire from the Middle Ages to the present, from chant to folk song. Recent performances have included the Vivaldi Gloria, the Bach Magnificat, Dove's Seek Him Who Maketh the Seven Stars, and Whitacre's Cloudburst.

The Concert Choir is between 40 and 50 voices, and is open by audition to all students in the university. Undergraduates and graduate students from all disciplines are welcome - you need not be a music major. Interested members should have a good choral background, i.e. High School choir, Honors Choirs, All-State Chorus, and the ability to read music is essential. The ensemble rehearses Monday and Wednesday 4:00-5:30pm and Friday 4:00-5:00pm in Emerson Concert Hall, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.


Audition Information:

  • When are auditions?
    Audition dates for the 2018-2019 season will be posted by late July. If you would like to inquire about audition information, please contact us by clicking here.
  • Where are auditions?
    Dr. Nelson's office - Schwartz 301. The audition sign up sheet will also be on his door.
  • What will I do in the audition?
    Dr. Nelson will ask you about your previous choral experience, vocalize you through your range, and ask you to sightread.
  • Do I need to bring a prepared piece?
    This is optional. If you have one, it would be to your advantage to sing a prepared piece. It gives you an opportunity to show your musicality and phrasing. A classical piece is best, although a folk song is also acceptable. If you don't have a piece, not a problem.
  • Do I need an accompanist?
    No, Dr. Nelson will serve as your accompanist.
  • When will I know if I made it into Concert Choir?
    The roster will be posted outside Dr. Nelson's office soon after auditions are completed.

University Chorus

Open to all Emory University students as well as to members of the Emory community, the University Chorus holds a unique place in Emory life. Music majors and nonmajors, undergraduates and graduate students, faculty and staff, parents and their children, workers and retirees, alumni and neighbors, all come together to rehearse each Monday night, united by their common love of singing. The chorus participates in the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, and regularly collaborates with the Department of Music's instrumental ensembles, including the Emory Wind Ensemble and the Emory University Symphony Orchestra. Recently performed works include Orff's Carmina Burana, the Brahms Requiem, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, and the Haydn oratorio, The Creation. 

Audition Information:

  • When are auditions?
    Auditions for the 2018-2019 season will be held on Saturday, August 25, 12-5pm, and Thursday and Friday, August 30-31, 6-9pm.
  • Where are auditions?
    Come to the hallway outside Schwartz 301 and you will be directed to your audition (no need to sign up for a time).
  • What is the audition like?
    A brief, 5-minute check of your range, voice quality, and ability to read music.
  • Do I need to prepare anything?
    No. We will ask you to sing simple scales, and do some basic sight-reading. You may be asked to sing a small portion of a song of your choice, but it can be as simple as Happy Birthday.
  • Rehearsals:
    Monday, 7:30-9:30pm. Max ensemble size - 150