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The University of St Andrews Chamber Choir is a group of around 24 auditioned singers. The ensemble aims to provide students at the University with an opportunity to sing in a secular context.

 

Performances are often given a cappella (unaccompanied) but the choir love to collaborate with pianists, organists and St Andrews Strings. The sections consist of Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass but often subdivide into 8 or more parts. The choir’s repertoire is varied, featuring composers such as Rachmaninoff, Fauré, Chilcott, Gjeilo and Whitacre.

One concert is held per semester, usually alongside St Andrews Strings.

 

Chamber Choir has had many exciting opportunities over the years, including singing at the Fairmont hotel for a corporate event, singing at Compline, and performing at the St Andrews Chorus coffee morning every semester. The choir also enjoy carolling over the Christmas period. 

 

Weekly rehearsals are on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30pm in the Laidlaw Music Centre. There are also opportunities to socialise outside of rehearsals, including trips to the pub and game nights, which helps bring the choir closer together.

Watch this snippet from a recent solo concert in 2023! 

 

Musical Director: Abi Collins

Manager: Ella Ho

Instagram: @stachamberchoir

Facebook: University of St Andrews Chamber Choir

Email : chamberchoir@st-andrews.ac.uk

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Audition Process

 

Auditions take place at the start of the academic year in the Music Centre. These consist of vocal-range exercises, sight-singing, aural tests 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. More information about signing up can be found at the Freshers Fayre and Music Fayre during Orientation Week.

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