Chamber Choir

UCSB Chamber Choir (photo by Tony Mastres)
Photo by Tony Mastres.
Music A 36, 136, 236
Conductor: TBA
Class time: Mondays and Wednesdays 5-6:50 pm
Class location: Music Room 1145
This outstanding ensemble of music majors and students from other disciplines draws from the finest singers on 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 downtown Santa Barbara and has twelve CD recordings to its credit. 

Audition Information

Auditions will be held on Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 11 am-5 pm in Music Room 1219.  
Auditions will be simple and short (seven minutes). We will hear your voice and test your musicianship with some simple sight-reading exercises. No need to prepare a song ahead of time.
Don’t read music? Come audition anyway! We are dedicated to improving musicianship, and you will learn quickly alongside other talented singers. Join us for a quarter or for the whole year. Experience music-making with your peers that culminates in a quarterly concert in the beautiful Trinity Episcopal Church, downtown Santa Barbara.
Sign up for an audition at try and sign up for spots in a consecutive order, if possible.

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 across 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 skill 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?

No, but your ability to read music factors in your audition. 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.  

How do I sign up for an audition?

Sign up for an audition at try and sign up for spots in a consecutive order, if possible.