The University of St Andrews Chamber Choir is a group of around 24 auditioned singers. The ensemble focuses on Western classical music from the 18th-21st centuries and provides students at the University with an opportunity to sing in a secular context.

 

Performances by the Choir are predominantly given a cappella (unaccompanied) and scored for Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass, often subdividing into 8 or more parts.

 

The group rehearses on a Thursday from 7-9pm. They also socialise outside of rehearsals, including trips to the pub and pizza nights, which helps bring the choir closer together.

 

The choir has had many exciting opportunities over the years, including carolling, singing at the Fairmont hotel for a corporate event, and had planned a tour to Germany in March (pre-Covid19). This year, they're hoping to make the most of beautiful Scotland by travelling around to do some concerts.

The Choir’s repertoire is varied, featuring composers such as Rachmaninov, Vaughan-Williams, Chilcott, Matthias, and Whitacre.

University of St Andrews Chamber Choir

Musical Director: Mira Mansfield

Manager: Sophie McMeikan

Audition Process

 

Auditions take place at the start of the academic year in the Music Centre. These consist of vocal-range exercises, sight-singing, singing back a short melody and an informal chat with the MD and manager where you can ask any questions you might have. Candidates are encouraged to prepare a short unaccompanied piece but this is not mandatory.

A link to sign-up sheets will be published here at the beginning of September.

 

The group will be available to answer questions about this process and their rehearsals at this year's Music Fayre. If interested after Orientation Week, please contact the managers directly via email.

Contact chamberchoir@st-andrews.ac.uk if you have any questions relating to the choir.

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