The University of Arkansas Department of Music supports a variety of performing choral ensembles, each distinct in their mission and focus. Students have the opportunity to sing repertory from the entire canon of vocal music. Each ensemble is faculty led and mentored, and offers multiple performance opportunities each semester. Students have the option to sing in multiple ensembles to broaden their experience.
For more information about any of our choral ensembles, please contact Director of Choral Activities Dr. Jeffrey Murdock.
The University of Arkansas Schola Cantorum, the choral program’s flagship ensemble, has a long and illustrious history that spans more than 50 years. Membership is highly selective, but includes undergraduate and graduate students from every college on campus and represents more than 20 majors.
The Inspirational Chorale is an auditioned choir focusing on music from the Southern Black gospel traditions, including jazz, soul, and R&B. The ensemble performs numerous times a year throughout Northwest Arkansas and has represented the University of Arkansas in performances for dignataries and heads of state.
The University of Arkansas Treble Chorus is open to all soprano and alto voices at the U of A without audition. The ensemble performs a wide variety of exciting choral literature specifically composed for treble voices. In addition to their own concerts, they collaborate with other ensembles for the performance of large choral/orchestral masterworks.
The University of Arkansas Razorback Chorus is open to all tenor and bass voices at the U of A without audition. The ensemble performs a wide variety of exciting choral literature specifically composed for tenor/bass voices. In addition to their own concerts, they collaborate with other ensembles for the performance of large choral/orchestral masterworks.
The University of Arkansas Chamber Choir is open to students by audition. This 16-voice ensemble is conducted by undergraduate music education majors and graduate students in choral conducting, serving as a vehicle through which they may improve their conducting gesture in a real-world setting.
The University of Arkansas Collegiate Chorale is the largest choir on campus, formed by joining two or more of the other ensembles for special projects and large masterworks.
The University of Arkansas Master Chorale is a non-credit ensemble open to all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members without audition. The ensemble usually meets during the spring semester and joins the Collegiate Chorale for the performance of large choral/orchestral masterworks.
ARKANSAS GOSPEL CHORALE
The Arkansas Gospel Chorale is a vocal ensemble open to community members and students regardless of their faith. The ensemble performs a variety of song forms drawn from the African American religious tradition, including traditional and contemporary gospel, anthems, hymns, and spirituals.