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NYU Chorale

Music and Performing Arts Professions Ensembles

Because of the potential health risks posed by ensemble singing during the Covid-19 pandemic, NYU Choral Arts is not able to offer its full complement of choral ensembles for the Fall 2021 semester. Only one Choral Arts ensemble will be offered. That ensemble, NYU Chorale, will be led by Dr. Paul Speiser. Weekly meetings/rehearsals are scheduled for 7:10-9:10 pm on Thursdays beginning on September 9, 2021, 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) and community at large, 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.

Audition Information

Everyone who wishes to be considered for NYU Chorale in Fall 2021 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 Monday, September 6, 2021.

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 Monday, September 6, 2021.

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 September 9, 2021, 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.

Performances and Concerts

There will be no “concert” in a traditional sense, as outside audiences are not allowed on campus. We will present a video-recorded performance, the details of which are still in the planning stages.

Contact Information

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