UCSB Women's Chorus
MUS A 37, 137, 237
Director: Valdis Jansons
Class time: Tuesdays 5-6:50 pm and Thursdays 5-5:50 pm
Class location: Music Room 1145
A dynamic group of music majors and non-majors, the UCSB Women's Chorus draws its membership from many departments across campus. This popular ensemble offers a great opportunity to sing and make music with musicians from a wide array of backgrounds. The Women’s Chorus performs the main repertory for women's voices, including a cappella and accompanied works, often with unusual combinations of instruments. It has been featured on four CD recordings with the UCSB Chamber Choir, including Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. The ensemble shares its concerts with the UCSB Chamber Choir at the beautiful Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Santa Barbara.
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 (3 minutes) 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.