Chamber Choir

UCSB Chamber Choir (photo by Tony Mastres)
Photo by Tony Mastres.
 
Music A 36 / 136 / 236
Conductor: Grey Brothers
Class time: Mondays and Wednesdays 6-7:50 p.m.
Class location: Music Room 1145
First rehearsal: Monday, October 2, 2017
 
This outstanding ensemble of music majors and students from other disciplines draws from the finest singers on the UCSB campus. Specializing in virtuosic a cappella choral music from the Renaissance to the 20th century, it has collaborated with the Ericson Chamber Choir from Stockholm, Madrigalchor Kiel from Germany, the SB Chamber Orchestra, the SB Symphony, and the Asia-America Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles. It was featured in a 3-hour Swedish television documentary on the legendary choral master, Eric Ericson, and at the Ascending Voice II festival at Pepperdine University in 2010. The Chamber Choir presents quarterly concerts in downtown Santa Barbara and has twelve CD recordings to its credit. 

Fall 2017 UCSB Choral Auditions

Monday, September 25:  6-9 p.m.
Tuesday, September 26:  10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Wednesday, September 27:  6-9 p.m.
Thursday, September 28:  10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Friday, September 29:  6-9 p.m.
 
All auditions will be held in Music Room 1222.
 
To schedule an audition, please visit ucsbchoruses.youcanbook.me or contact Grey Brothers at (805) 565-6279 or brothers@westmont.edu

Frequently asked questions about choral music at UCSB

Do I have to be a music major?

Absolutely not!  Both music majors and non-majors from across campus sing in the choirs.

Should I be afraid of the audition?

Absolutely not! The audition is short (10 min.) and simple. We just need to hear your voice and evaluate your skill level so that we can place you in the choir that is a good match for you. Nothing complicated, and probably nothing you’ve never done before. If you’ve never sung in a choir, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is. Simply show up with your voice. That’s all!

Do I need to read music?

No, but your ability to read music factors in your audition. The choirs use scores and do not learn by rote. However, don’t try to second-guess your level or let your fears deter you from trying out, because each choir has a different level and the audition helps us orient you to the group which best suits your abilities.

What is the age range in the choirs?

The choirs include all levels of undergraduate, masters and doctoral students, and even post-docs, faculty and staff.  

How do I sign up for an audition?

Please visit ucsbchoruses.youcanbook.me or contact Grey Brothers at (805) 565-6279 or brothers@westmont.edu. If you miss the auditions, come to the first rehearsal of one of the groups and we may be able to set something up for you during the first week of classes, though available space in the choirs may be limited by then.