The Chamber Choir is an auditioned, SATB ensemble made up of graduate and undergraduate students, as well as FSU faculty and staff. The choir performs repertoire particularly suitable for a 32-to-44-voice ensemble, both accompanied and a cappella, under the direction of Dr. Michael Hanawalt. Within a repertoire that includes both octavo concerts and also more lengthy works, the ensemble has recently performed J. S. Bach’s St. John Passion, Jocelyn Hagen’s The Notebooks of Leonardo DaVinci, J. S. Bach’s Cantatas BWV 4 and 131, and Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass.
Meeting Time: MWF 12:20-1:10 pm
Online auditions will be accepted through August 24th. To arrange an in-person audition, please contact Michael Hanawalt.
Founded in 1948 by Dr. Wiley Housewright, the University Singers is the premier undergraduate touring choir at Florida State University. This auditioned choir consists of students who are majoring in music and other degree programs. During its rich history, University Singers has performed with remarkable musicians including Simon Halsey, Krzysztof Penderecki, Bobby McFerrin, Sir David Willcocks, Aaron Copeland, and the esteemed Atlanta Symphony Conductor, Robert Shaw. Additionally, University Singers has been invited to perform at national and regional conventions of the College Music Society and the American Choral Directors Association, including performances at national conventions in 2007, 2010, and 2013. Recent tours have included performances throughout the Southeastern United States and Europe. In 2015 they performed for the Arecibo 500-year celebration concert in Puerto Rico, and in 2019, members of University Singers participated in a memorial recital at the Normandy American Cemetery as part of activities honoring the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landing.
Several distinguished conductors have led the University Singers in its 70-year history, including Walter James, Joseph Flummerfelt, Clayton Krehbiel, and André Thomas. Traditions established by these outstanding conductors have been carried on since 2000 by Kevin Fenton. Audition required.
Meeting Time: MTRF 2:30-3:20 pm
Men’s Glee Club
Dr. Kevin Fenton is the conductor of The Collegians, FSU Men’s Glee Club, which is open to students enrolled in the University. Public concerts are presented throughout the year, including off-campus performances. Students will expand their experiences as they perform a variety of literature, from school songs to classical choral literature. No audition required.
Meeting Time: TR 11:00-12:15 pm
Women’s Glee Club
Dr. Kari Adams serves as the conductor of Levana, a chorus that specializes in the performance of music for soprano and alto voices. This university ensemble is open to all treble singers and performs concerts throughout the year, including off-campus performances. There is no audition required.
Meeting Time: MWF 1:25-2:15 pm
Vocal Jazz Ensemble
The Vocal Jazz Ensemble is a select ensemble that performs regularly on and off campus. Audition required.
Meeting Time: TR 12:30-1:45 pm
Choral Union is open to any student enrolled in the University who enjoys singing. Dr. Michael Hanawalt is the director of Choral Union, which is predominately conducted by graduate students in choral conducting. Choral Union performs accompanied and a cappella repertoire in concerts throughout the year, generally one or two solo performances per semester, as well as singing as a part of FSU’s Seasonal Celebration holiday concerts. No audition is required.
Meeting Time: MWF 11:15-12:05 pm
The Gospel Choir is a popular choral ensemble on campus. This ensemble explores both traditional and contemporary Gospel music. The Gospel Choir gives concerts on and off campus and frequently performs at churches throughout the city. No audition is required.
Meeting Time: TR 6:30-8:30 pm
University Chorale/Tallahassee Community Chorus
This ensemble, conducted by Dr. Michael Hanawalt, is a large SATB ensemble of around 200 singers that specializes in the performance of major works written for a large chorus and orchestra. The chorus performs three solo concerts per year, and also performs as part of FSU’s Seasonal Celebration holiday concert. The chorus is open to all students and the general public. Recent performances include W.A. Mozart’s Requiem, Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light, F. J. Haydn’s The Creation, and Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem. No audition is required.
Meeting Time: M 7:30-9:30 pm
(Chorus rehearses at St. John’s Episcopal Church, located at the corner of Monroe and Tennessee, between Tennessee and Call streets.)
The Opera Chorus performs in the FSU Opera productions, according to the needs of each semester’s repertoire. The chorus is prepared by an FSU choral graduate student and is supervised by the opera department. Audition is required for enrollment.
Meeting Time: varies
The Summer University Chorale is open to any student enrolled at the University who enjoys singing. Dr. Kimberly VanWeelden is the director of the University Chorale in Summer B Term. The director of the University Chorale in Summer C term is Dr. Kevin Fenton. It is conducted by graduate students in choral conducting. No audition is required.
Meeting Time: TR 5:30-7:30 pm
Choral Community Outreach
Capital Children’s Choir
The Capital Children’s Choir is a community outreach program for children in kindergarten through ninth grade, which is sponsored by the College of Music at FSU. The Director of the Capital Children’s Choir program is Dr. Suzanne Rita Byrnes. Graduate and undergraduate music majors at FSU also assist and lead the choirs in various activities. No audition required.
Tallahassee Senior Choir (Senior Singers)
The Tallahassee Senior Choir is a community outreach program in partnership with the City of Tallahassee senior services. It is directed and conducted by Dr. Kimberly VanWeelden. Graduate Music Therapy students also assist and lead the choir. No audition required.