There is a place for you in a choir whether you are a community member, a student of any major or a music major!
Choral program mission
The Choral Program in the ASU School of Music, Dance and Theatre celebrates the joy of singing in community and empowers choir members to become creative leaders who transform society through singing and through choral music.
We are committed to meeting the needs of our choral community by
- breaking down hierarchies
- dismantling choral music’s genderism, homophobia, and transphobia
- developing an inclusive and expansive repertory
- recognizing and honoring the Indigenous peoples of this region who have occupied the land for centuries
- broadening the range of participation and representation
The Choral Program respects and celebrates each person's individuality, removing barriers and welcoming all, without regard to age, color, creed, gender, physical ability, race, sexual preference, or any other trait or identity.
Community members and students of all majors are welcome to sing in ASU choirs!
The choral culture at ASU is grounded in principles of collaboration and exchange of ideas in which all members’ input is sought and valued. We seek to foster relationships within ensembles, among ASU choirs, and with the university, the region, and beyond.
Choirs are diverse and purposeful. We make it a priority to learn about the pieces we choose to sing. Because of this, time together is spent learning not just the notes on the page, but also exploring their context, relevance and importance.
Participating in choirs refines the members’ musicianship, prepares students for a lifetime of choral singing, whether in professional or volunteer capacities, and provides fulfilling musical experiences for all involved.
In the process of training highly qualified musicians to become conductors, the doctoral conducting program examines the power dynamic between the conductor and the ensemble and the role of the conductor in the 21st century. We cultivate a collaborative and constructive leadership style that recognizes the contributions of each choir member and considers thoughtfully the role of choral music in our society. Students develop a thorough knowledge of repertory, incorporate an understanding of the cultural and analytical issues underlying the music, and improve their expertise in vocal technique and pedagogy. They learn to apply this knowledge in rehearsal and performance with an understanding of effective rehearsal technique and clear, expressive conducting technique. Doctoral students receive considerable individual attention and have regular opportunities to rehearse and conduct ensembles.
Undergraduate courses in conducting prepare students for the next step in their musical development, whether to undertake advanced study in conducting at the graduate level or to apply their skills in school music programs and with community choirs. Courses emphasize the development of a sound, basic technique in conducting and introduce the issues of analysis, performance practice, vocal technique and rehearsal technique.
Performances and Outreach
Through its public performances and outreach activities, the Choral Program serves as an ambassador for ASU, the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and the School of Music, Dance and Theatre. Outreach activities include bringing students and members of the community onto the ASU campus, music ensembles performing regularly off campus, and faculty guest conducting, presenting workshops and clinics and publishing in major journals.
Quick facts about the ASU Choral Program
- ASU has 6 choirs. Click on the group names below to learn about each ensemble.
- Some 300 students and nearly 100 community members participate in ASU choirs each semester.
- ASU choirs are part of the Phoenix metropolitan area’s vibrant musical scene. Current and former ASU choir members sing in the Grammy award-winning Phoenix Chorale, the Arizona Opera Chorus, and church choirs around the Valley.
- Choirs frequently collaborate with other ASU choirs, with other groups in the community, and with others at ASU, such as the ASU Symphony Orchestra, members of the dance program, and the Sidney Poitier New American Film School.
- ASU choirs have recently traveled to France and have given a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
- ASU choral groups work periodically with leading composers, conductors, educators, and performers. Recent guests have included Rollo Dilworth, Laura Kaminsky, Sylvia McNair, and Eric Whitacre.
What choir members say
"Choir is a place where I feel I can let go of the troubles of the day and enjoy making music with friends."
"Choir is really about having a family and coming together to create something beautiful!"
"Choir is a home and loving community."
"Choir is a community of music lovers who find joy in creating together."
"Choir is a creative outlet in a safe and judgment free environment."
"Choir gives me a sense of community and belonging."
"Choir helps me to be a stronger musician."
"ASU choirs are taking large initiatives to be inclusive, appreciative, and uplifting to marginalized groups."