Choral Music at
East Carolina University
The East Carolina University School of Music is home to four choral ensembles, each of which is open to any ECU student, regardless of major. Here in the ECU choral program, we pride ourselves on working hard, performing great music at a very high level, and having fun doing it!
Students who have past experience singing in high school, college, or church choral programs are highly encouraged to be part of the choirs at ECU. Each of ECU’s choral ensembles can be taken for fine arts credit.
For more on graduate studies in choral music, visit our Choral Conducting web page.
For more on choral music resources for high school students, visit our Choral Music Resources web page.
Choral Opportunities at ECU
The Chamber Singers
The St. Cecilia Singers
The Chamber Singers is the select choral ensemble at ECU. Comprised of 34-40 auditioned singers, many of whom are voice majors from within the School of Music, the group tours annually and has performed by invitation at regional and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association for Music Education. The Chamber Singers have also produced two professional CD recordings on the Gothic label: Greater Love and Eternal Light. They maintain a rigorous rehearsal and performance schedule, and focus predominantly on unaccompanied choral literature suitable for advanced chamber choir. Click here to see Chamber Singers repertoire. Click here to view some of the Chamber Singers’ recent performances. Dr. Andrew Crane, conductor.
St. Cecilia Singers is a women's chorus, typically comprised of voice principals. Presenting at least four concerts per academic year, this ensemble performs a variety of choral repertoire from the sixteenth century through today. Dr. Jeffrey Ward, conductor.
The University Chorale
The University Chorale is open to all university students, and is typically comprised of both music-majors and non-music-majors. This ensemble performs a wide variety of choral repertoire from all styles and eras. They also frequently collaborate with the ECU Symphony Orchestra in performance of major choral works. All students registered for the University Chorale should complete a (painless) voice placement audition during the first week of classes. Dr. Andrew Crane, conductor.
The Collegiate Choir (new 2012-2013)
The ECU Collegiate Choir is a small, select group of 16-24 students and interested community members. It will be conducted by ECU choral graduate students, and focus on a wide variety of choral literature for small ensemble. Collegiate Choir will meet one night a week and typically present one concert per semester.