Chamber Choir

Music A36 / A136 / A236
Conductor: Grey Brothers
Class time: Mondays and Wednesdays 5 - 7 p.m.
Class location: Music Room 1145
 
This outstanding ensemble of music majors and non-majors comprises 36 of the best singers from the UCSB campus. Specializing in virtuosic a cappella choral music from the Renaissance to the 20th century, it has collaborated with the Ericson Chamber Choir from Stockholm, Madrigalchor Kiel from Germany, the SB Chamber Orchestra, the SB Symphony and the Asia-America Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles. It was featured in a 3-hour Swedish Television documentary on the legendary choral master, Eric Ericson, and at the Ascending Voice II festival at Pepperdine University in 2010. The Chamber Choir presents quarterly concerts in Santa Barbara, it undertakes frequent international concert tours and has twelve CD recordings to its credit. 
 
Call (805) 565-6279 to schedule an audition, or email the director of the choir, Grey Brothers, at brothers@westmont.edu.

Frequently asked questions about choral music at UCSB

Do I have to be a music major?

Absolutely not! Both music majors and non-majors from some 20 departments on campus sing in the choirs.

Should I be afraid of the audition?

Absolutely not!  The audition is short (10 min.) and simple. We just need to hear your voice and evaluate your reading level so that we can place you in the choir that is a good match for you.  Nothing complicated, and probably nothing you’ve never done before. If you’ve never sung in a choir, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is. Simply show up with your voice, that’s all!

Do I need to read music?

Yes. The choirs use scores and do not learn by rote. However, don’t try to second-guess your level or let your fears deter you from trying out, because each choir has a different level and the audition helps us orient you to the group which best suits your abilities.

What is the age range in the choirs?

The choirs include all levels of undergraduate, masters and doctoral students, and even post-docs, faculty, and staff. The mixture is great, and it works because what motivates us is our love of music and singing!

How do I sign up?

An audition is required for enrollment into this course. Please see the audition information above.