Vocal Studies at Tarleton State University
Members of the University Singers, Chamber Choir, and Cross Timbers Civic Chorale perform with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Tarleton offers many different opportunities to sing, including four outstanding ensembles, applied voice instruction with one of our excellent voice faculty members, or stage productions including Opera Workshop and our yearly musical theater show. Tarleton's various choral ensembles all are open to music majors and non-majors alike. To schedule an audition for any Tarleton choral ensemble, contact Dr. Robertson at 254.968.9240 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesdays - 7:00-9:00pm - Choir Hall
The University Singers perform masterworks of choral repertoire each fall and spring. This year's performances include the Gloria settings of Vivaldi and Poulenc (November 23, 7:30pm, FAC Auditorium), W.A. Mozart's Requiem Mass, and selections by John Tavener (both April 5, 7:30pm, FAC Auditorium). We are proud once again to be able to welcome the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for our fall concert.
Select Women's Ensemble
M-W-F - 3:00-3:50pm - Choir Hall
The Select Women's Ensemble consists of experienced singers who wish to perform the best in choral repertoire for treble choir. Together they present four concerts each year, often collaborating with Tarleton's Chamber Choir and the Texan Gentlemen. The group's repertoire covers the spectrum of choral music, from favorite works of Mozart to beloved spirituals to innovative arrangements of folk music.
The Texan Gentlemen
M-W-F - 4:00-4:50pm - Choir Hall
Tarleton's men's choir, founded by students, grants Texan men the opportunity to lift their voices in harmony. Barbershop, doo wop, Bach, and pop all find their way into the ensemble's concert repertoire. The group presents four concerts each year, and makes occasional appearances around Tarleton's campus.
M-W-F - 1:00-1:50pm, and Th 3:00-3:50pm - Choir Hall
The Chamber Choir is Tarleton's premier choral ensemble. The group is tailored to students who want to experience the greater challenges of working together for excellence in the choral art. In addition to three concerts with the Select Women's Ensemble and Texan Gentlemen, Chamber Choir joins University Singers in Tarleton's semi-annual presentation of masterworks. The group is open to music majors and non-majors. Auditions for Chamber Choir are held in the week before classes each fall and spring.
Students who wish to enroll as music majors may audition for admission and scholarships at any time.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What should I prepare for the audition?
The audition consists of one solo of your choosing, a brief interview with the voice faculty, and exercises to assess your musicianship. You may either sing with your accompanist, a CD, or our staff accompanist, Steve Chambers. We do not require selections in languages other than English, but ask that you sing a solo comparable to those found on the UIL Prescribed Music List (art songs or arias).
2. When can I audition?
Auditions are conducted throughout the spring semester. We encourage students to audition on a weekday, if possible, so that they may see our ensembles rehearse and speak to all members of our voice faculty.
3. How can I apply for scholarships and admission?
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4. What degrees does Tarleton offer?
Tarleton offers four degree plans in vocal studies: Bachelor of Music in Education with All-level Certification, Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, Bachelor of Arts in the Vocal Track, and Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in Music Business. This means that, whether you want to be a teacher, perform on the stage, or head into the studio, Tarleton has a degree that fits your plans.