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NYU Chorale

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For Spring 2022, NYU Choral Arts will continue to offer only NYU Chorale. Led by Dr. Paul Speiser, rehearsals are scheduled for 7:10-9:10 pm on Thursdays beginning on January 27, 2022, in-person, in the Global Center Grand Hall (GCASL 573).

NYU Chorale is the largest classical choral ensemble at New York University. For 130 years, it has served the entire NYU community performing major works from the choral/orchestral repertoire. The NYU Chorale offers singers an in-depth performance experience of large-scale choral works.

Who Can Join

All choruses are open to the NYU community (students, faculty, and staff) by audition. Due to Covid-19 room capacities, there will be a limit of no more than thirty-five (35) singers selected, and preference will be given to NYU Steinhardt students whose programs of study require participation in an ensemble. Since only members of the NYU community have access to NYU buildings at this time, singers who are not members of the NYU community are not eligible to participate in NYU Chorale.

Audition Information

Everyone who wishes to be considered for NYU Chorale in Spring 2022 must submit an audition, even if:

  • you’ve been a member of NYU Chorale in previous semesters.
  • you are required to be in an ensemble every semester.  

Follow these 3-step instructions to submit your online audition for NYU Chorale. Auditions must be submitted using the form (link provided below in “Step 3”), and the form must be submitted no later than 8:00 pm on Sunday, January 23, 2022. Audition results will be communicated on or before Wednesday, January 26, 2022.

Step 1

Record a video of yourself singing a 1-minute excerpt of a song of your choice.  

At the start of the video, clearly state your name and the title of the song. If applicable, also provide the name of the composer or its source (e.g., Korean folk song).  

When choosing a song, consider the following:

  • Select a song that allows you to demonstrate solid, vibrant, and healthy vocalism.
  • Select a song that emphasizes your vocal gifts and your ability to communicate through singing.
  • The song can be in any genre.
  • The song can be in any language.
  • The song can be performed accompanied or unaccompanied.
  • While not required, it is recommended you sing your 1-minute excerpt from memory.
  • It is best not to confuse the vocal adjudicator with your song choice. For example, it can be confusing if you indicate that you normally sing Soprano 1 in choir but then perform a song in a range, style, and/or vocalism that doesn’t reflect that.

Step 2

Record a video of yourself singing the first verse of “A Gaelic Blessing” by John Leavitt.

  • At the start of the video, clearly state your name.
  • You should sing it in either the Medium High key or Medium Low key, whichever suits your voice best.
  • You should sing it unaccompanied.
  • You should sing it at the tempo that is indicated on the score.
  • You should sing the lyrics that are provided in the score.
  • This song does not need to be memorized.

Step 3

After you have two videos ready to upload, fill out THIS FORM.

Auditions must be submitted using the form provided in the link no later than 8:00 pm on Sunday, January 23, 2022.

The form asks for the following:

  • Name, email address, N number, location
  • Information regarding your program of study at NYU
  • A question about the voice part you sing in a choir
  • Questions about your choral experience and involvement in music
  • A field to upload the video file of your 1-minute excerpt of a song selection
  • A field to upload the video file of you singing the required selection, “A Gaelic Blessing.”

Rehearsal Information

Weekly meetings/rehearsals are scheduled for 7:10-9:10 pm on Thursdays beginning on January 27, 2022, IN-PERSON, in the Global Center Grand Hall (GCASL 573). Choral singers must be masked at all times and stand six feet apart. See NYU's most recent Performing Arts Guidelines.

Many have asked me why we are only able to offer one Choral Arts course. Unfortunately, NYU does not have multiple rooms large enough to accommodate all the arts courses requiring social distancing. Until social distancing for singing is no longer an on-campus requirement, or until more large spaces become available, Choral Arts must continue to limit its offerings.

Performances and Concerts

Still to be determined: whether in May 2022 there will be an on-campus performance or, alternatively, a video-recorded performance.

Contact Information

Contact Paul Speiser, Coordinator of Choral Activities, at paul.speiser@nyu.edu