Chamber Choir

UCSB Chamber Choir (photo by Tony Mastres)
Photo by Tony Mastres.
MUS A 36, 136, 236
Conductor: Maxim Kuzin
Class time: Mondays and Wednesdays 5-6:50 pm
Class location: Room 1145, Music Building
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. The UCSB Chamber Choir will partner with the UCSB Chamber Orchestra in Winter 2020 to perform Gabriel Fauré's Requiem, one of the major choral-orchestral works, in the Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall on March 9th. This tremendously beautiful work calls for soprano and baritone soloists, a mixed chorus, and orchestra. It is an amazing opportunity to sing this work with the orchestra and I am very much looking forward to this exciting interdepartmental UCSB collaboration!
Here is a recording:
Gabriel Fauré, Requiem
Paavo Jarvi, Orchestre de Paris

Winter 2020 Auditions, Participation, and Drop Offs

If you are a Fall 2019 Chamber Choir or Women's Chorus singer wishing to participate in the same ensemble in Winter 2020: No audition is required for  Winter 2020 Quarter.
You MUST sign up online at this link by Friday, January 3:
If you are a Fall 2019 Chamber Choir singer wishing to move to the Women's Chorus in Winter 2020: No audition is required for Winter 2020 Quarter. You must inform Maxim Kuzin by email about your intent to move by Friday, January 3. You MUST sign up for the Women's Chorus online at this link by Friday, January 3:
If you are a prospective new singer wishing to participate in either Chamber Choir and/or Women's Chorus in Winter 2020 or if you are a Women's Chorus member wishing to move to the Chamber Choir: You must sign up for an AUDITION at this link by Friday, January 3. Audition Requirements are stated therein and on the choirs' web-pages ( 
You also MUST sign up online at this link by Friday, January 3:
If you plan to drop off choirs in Winter 2020: Please inform Maxim Kuzin by email that you are not going to participate in any choir in Winter 2020 by Friday, January 3.

Audition Information

Thank you for your interest in choir! We are looking forward to getting to know each of you and your musical passions this quarter. Our hope is that through these classes you will gain a deeper understanding of the choral arts. Through these courses our objectives are that you foster an appreciation for the art of singing and have a fun performance at the end of the quarter!
Auditions will be 5 minutes long and will be held on Monday, January 6, 2020, from 5-5:30 pm (or longer, if necessary) in Room 1145 of the Music Building. You must sign up for an audition using this link ( 
Please bring a one minute excerpt of a song, preferably classical or musical theatre, and be prepared to sing some scales. You may be asked to sight-read. If you feel like you do not know any classical songs, please bring a popular tune like “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” or “Amazing Grace." Please arrive warmed up and ready to shine!
Please arrive early to your audition and complete this questionnaire prior to your audition:

Chamber Choir

Soprano, alto, tenor, bass voices. Intermediate to advanced musicians preferred.
Meets: Mondays/Wednesdays 5-6:50 pm in Room 1145 of the Music Building
Instructor: Dr. Maxim Kuzin
Instructor email:

Women’s Chorus

Soprano and alto voices, beginner-friendly
Meets: Tuesdays 5-6:50 pm and Thursdays 5-5:50 pm in Room 1145 of the Music Building
Instructor (Teaching Assistant): Valdis Jansons
Instructor email:

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 (3 minutes) 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?

You must sign up for an audition time at for Winter 2020 Quarter. Please try and sign up for spots in a consecutive order, if possible.
You also MUST sign up online at this link by Friday, January 3 (for Winter 2020 Quarter):