The Choral Education Program at USU offers students the opportunity to become some of the country's finest choral educators. Under the direction of Dr. Cory Evans, students participate in vigorous coursework and first class ensembles. Included are courses in choral and instrumental methods and conducting, choral literature, instrumental techniques, secondary education and pedagogy and a semester of student teaching experience. Upon graduating, the student will have received a well-rounded education that has prepared them to teach both choral and instrumental ensembles. Students also have an opportunity to sing in one of USU’s acclaimed choral ensembles, including the University Chorale and Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Evans, the USU Women’s Choir and the American Festival Chorus under the direction of Dr. Craig Jessop. The Bachelor of Music in Choral Education is a 4-year degree with the option of Dual Licensure for K-12. We are proud that our past graduates from the music education program who have sought a music teaching position have received 100 percent job placement upon graduation.
For specific information regarding coursework required to earn a Choral emphasis, please refer to the BM Music Education - Choral emphasis degree map. Note that USU offers students in Music Education degrees the option of completing the Music K-12 Endorsement, which affords graduates a credential to teach Kindergarten through twelfth grades (K-12) rather than the Secondary Certificate (6-12) that comes with the standard USU Music Education degree. This program is recommended for all Music Education Majors for the following reasons: 1) the additional courses easily fit into the four-year curriculum and 2) having the Music K-12 Endorsement allows better reciprocity for students applying for employment in other states, which may require the K-12 certification. For more information, contact Cary J. Youmans, coordinator of Music K-12 Endorsement.
In addition to applying for admission to the University, all applicants interested in pursuing a music degree must perform an audition on their major instrument (voice, as is the case for choral majors) to gain admission into the Department of Music. Specific audition information can be found on our admissions and auditions page.
The Utah State University Chamber Singers consists of versatile and dedicated undergraduate student musicians. The ensemble has garnered an international reputation of artistic integrity, exciting programming, and musical precision, performing to critical acclaim throughout the United States, Russia, Spain, Mexico, Austria, Italy and, most recently, for the Beijing International Choral Festival in Beijing, China. Performances by the USU Chamber Singers have been featured on American Public Media’s “Performance Today” and at national conferences of ACDA, UMEA and NCCO. The ensemble was a featured choir in the July 2015 La Via dei Concerti Music Festival in Milan, Italy.
Recordings by the USU Chamber Singers have received critical acclaim. The group’s first compact disc recording, Sing Me To Heaven (a collection of new choral works by American composer Daniel E. Gawthrop) was dubbed “a quietly impressive recording” by the Washington Post. In 2010, the group released Show Me Thy Ways, a second album of choral music by Daniel E. Gawthrop, which was eligible for a 2010 Grammy nomination in three categories: Best Classical Album, Best Choral Performance, Best Engineered Album. The choir has most recently released Devotion, a recording of contemporary sacred choral music.
The University Chorale is a 100-voice mixed choir with a long-standing tradition of excellence. The Chorale is known for their highly musical performances of choral works in a wide variety of languages and styles.
The choir has recently performed major works with orchestra, such as John Rutter's "Requiem,” Mozart's "Solemn Vespers” and Gustav Holst’s “Hymn of Jesus.”
The University Chorale provides an important social experience as members are given the opportunity to associate with students from a variety of academic disciplines. This choir is open to music majors and non-majors alike.
The Women's Choir is a distinguished choir in which members are given the unique opportunity to explore music written for treble voices. The choir performs choral works selected from the last 500 years of western art tradition, and sings in a variety of languages and styles. The choir has recently performed major works with orchestra such as Pergolesi's "Stabat Mater" and Mendelssohn’s “A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream.”
Members of the Women's Choir come from many different academic disciplines. Most entering freshman women who major in music are placed in this choir. The Women's Choir is open to all treble voices that desire a high quality musical experience.
Additional Ensembles of Interest to Choral Majors