Inspirational Chorale

Inspirational Chorale

The mission of the Inspirational Chorale is to keep the black sacred music tradition alive. The ensemble provides a forum where university students, regardless of ethnicity, can perform the various genres of the tradition. The Inspirational Chorale – as an integrated part of the music department, the academic community, and the community at large – has enjoyed an illustrious reputation while performing for dignitaries and heads of state. The ensemble has made appearances at national and international conferences and has taken international tours to Beijing, China, and Kilkenny, Ireland.

Inspirational Chorale (Section 1) Rehearsal Schedule

  • TTh 12:30-1:50 PM

Inspirational Singers (Section 2) Rehearsal Schedule

  • F 2:30-3:50 PM

Inspirational Chorale is list as MUEN 1421, 2421, 3421, 4421, 4621, 5421.  Freshmen enroll in the 1000 level, sophomores in the 2000 level, etc.

Fall 2018 Audition Information

The Inspirational Chorale exists in two (2) sections. Section One (Inspirational Chorale) is an auditioned ensemble of 16-24 voices that meets on Tuesdays and Thursday from 12:30 to 1:50 PM. This ensemble performs a wide range of repertoire, including Gospel music, Spirituals and Sacred Music from the traditional classical choral repertoire. Section Two (Inspirational Singers) performs primarily Gospel Music and Spirituals. Section Two meets on Fridays from 2:30 to 3:50pm.  No audition is required, simply sign up for MUEN 1421, 2421, 3421, 4421, 4621, or 5421 - Section Two. 

Auditions for Inspirational Chorale are approximately 10 minutes long with Dr. Murdock. In preparation for the audition, students are expected to prepare the following:

  • Prepared Piece: Students should learn their part in Manuel's "Alleluia." The piece should be learned independently and may be performed using sheet music. An accompaniment track will be played during the audition. The audition will begin at p.5, measure 17, and ends on p.12, measure 48 (Quarter Note = 60).  Here is a link to the track that will play during your audition.  If you should be accepted into the ensemble, you will be responsible for knowing the entire piece by the first day of classes.
  • Sight-reading: Students will expected to sight-read a single line of sheet music with accuracy and musicality.
  • Aural skills: Students will be expected to listen to an excerpt of Gospel or Popular music, extract their part and sing it back.
  • Pitch Matching: Students may be required to complete a series of pitch matching exercises, as determined by the conductor.

Returning members of the Chorale will audition on August 18 and 19.  New students will audition on August 20 and 21.  Sign-up sheets will be posted on the bulletin board outside of MUSC 335 by Monday, August 13th. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Murdock at


Jeffery Murdock

Jeffrey Murdock