Choral Ensembles

Ensemble Update

The Ohio State choral program is listed as a hybrid course(s) for Spring Semester 2021. Our choral faculty are in constant conversation with Ohio State administrators and the university's COVID-19 Transition Task Force to determine what is the safest plan of action for Spring 2021. Acknowledging that nothing can replace in-person rehearsals and concerts, the choral faculty are committed to providing meaningful educational and performance experiences amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Consult the Course and Rehearsal Details page for more information on Chorale (formerly Symphonic Choir), University Chorus, Women's Glee Club and Men's Glee Club.

Auditions

ALL Ohio State students — music majors and non-majors alike — are encouraged to join our choirs. For information about the audition process (required), visit the Choral Auditions page.


Choral Opportunities


Chorale

Symphonic Choir at Orton Hall

The Ohio State Chorale is the flagship SATB chorus of the university. Under the direction of Dr. Robert Bode, the ensemble performs a wide and varied repertoire, ranging from masterworks by the greatest composers of the Western choral tradition to new works by living American composers. Chorale (MUS 2203.01/7203.01) is open to all Ohio State students, regardless of major, through audition.

 

Men's Glee Club

Men's Glee Club at Hayes Hall

Having performed for regional ACDA conferences, the OMEA conference, and national conferences of the Intercollegiate Male Choruses, Inc., the Men's Glee Club (MUS 2203.04/7203.04) is highly visible among male choruses nationwide, and has a long tradition of choral excellence.

Under the direction of Dr. Robert Ward, This ensemble welcomes singers from all academic disciplines on campus, undergraduate through graduate level. MGC maintains an active performance schedule, performing frequently throughout Ohio and beyond.

The Statesmen (MUS 2203.08) is a select a cappella group auditioned from within the Men's Glee Club, comprising 12 to 16 singers.

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Women's Glee Club

Women's Glee Club 2019

Currently under the direction of Jordan Saul, The Ohio State University Women's Glee Club (MUS 2203.05/7203.05) was established in 1903. This ensemble has the distinction of being the first musical organization to appear in concert at the university’s largest performance space, Mershon Auditorium. Over 60 voices strong, membership in the Women’s Glee Club is by audition. The Women’s Glee Club represents a wide variety of majors and interests from throughout the university, with singers ranging from freshmen to graduate students.

The Women’s Glee Club has performed for both state and regional conferences of the Ohio Music Education Association and the American Choral Directors Association. The ensemble performs a wide and varied repertoire, with emphasis on works by women and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color).

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University Chorus


This ensemble is open to Ohio State students, staff and faculty. A voice-placement audition is required to ensure that each singer possess the skills needed for ensemble participation. UC singers will explore a wide variety of music and perform 1 – 2 times per semester. University Chorus (MUS 2203.03/7203.03) is designed to help singers develop their vocal and musical skills in an enjoyable environment with minimal constraints on time outside of rehearsal.


Contact


For more information about the choral ensembles, email Dr. Robert Ward or call 614-292-4622.

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