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Duquesne University Choirs

The Voices of Spirit are currently running a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for two upcoming tours: one to performe at the National Collegiate Choral Organization's National Conference in College Park, MD, and the other to Canada. Every dollar helps, so if you would like to contribute, you can do so at duq.edu/voices.

Duquesne University is home to a three-choir program, led by Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Caron Daley since 2015. The Duquesne choirs consistently appear on Pittsburgh's most prestigious concert series and perform across the region, including recent concerts in Johnstown, Cleveland, Erie, Buffalo, and Philadelphia. In 2015, Voices of Spirit sang with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on the Grand Mellon Concert Series under Manfred Honeck. Committed to community outreach, the choirs frequently perform in schools, workshops, and conducting master classes, including the 2018 Eastern Division ACDA conducting master classes. In November 2019, Voices of Spirit will perform at the National Collegiate Choral Organization conference in College Park, MD and in March 2020, tour Canada.

To learn more about the Duquesne University Choral Ensembles, please email Dr. Caron Daley: daleyc1@duq.edu

Voices of Spirit

Voices of Spirit on a balcony in front of an organ

VOICES OF SPIRIT

Dr. Caron Daley, conductor

Voices of Spirit is a mixed chamber/touring choir dedicated to the study and performance of choral music at an exceptional collegiate level. Each semester, the choir performs 3–6 concerts, including solo concerts and/or touring, large-scale performances with the Pappert Chorale and University Singers, school visits, and collaborations with Duquesne University instrumental ensembles.

Voices of Spirit is open to students in all academic majors with excellent reading skills who want a challenging choral experience. Admission is by competitive audition. Singers must be prepared to commit to two semesters with the exception of music education students engaged in student teaching. This course fulfills the large ensemble requirement for music majors.

Voices of Spirit Auditions:
  • Prepare a classical solo or operatic/oratorio aria that showcases your voice type and range (any language). You may bring a piano accompaniment/sheet music with you. Plan to perform by memory.
  • Melody and rhythm sight-reading excerpts
  • Ear-training tests
  • Range test
  • Discussion about your interest in the Duquesne Choirs
Pappert Chorale

PAPPERT CHORALE

Woman singing in the Pappert Women's Chorale

Dr. Caron Daley, conductor

Pappert Chorale is a treble choir dedicated to the study and performance of choral music at a challenging collegiate level. Each semester, the choir performs 2-3 concerts, including large-scale collaborations with the Voices of Spirit and University Singers, Mary Pappert School of Music events, high school visits, and regional choral festivals.

Pappert Chorale is open to music majors and non-music majors by audition. This course fulfills the large ensemble requirement for music majors.

Pappert Chorale Auditions:
  • Prepare a simple song (hymn, carol, art song, musical theatre song, folk song, opera aria, or the national anthem) to sing a cappella. Choose a song that suits your voice and showcases your range.
  • Sight-reading excerpt with piano support
  • Melody sing-backs
  • Discussion about your interest in Duquesne Choirs
University Singers

UNIVERSITY SINGERS

Woman singing in Duquesne ChapelJoseph Stuligross, conductor

University Singers is an all-campus mixed choir dedicated to the study and performance of choral music at an artistic community/collegiate level. Each semester, the choir performs 2 concerts, including on- and off-campus performances, outreach performances, and collaborations with the Voices of Spirit and Pappert Chorale.

University Singers is open to students in all majors, Duquesne University alumni, Duquesne University faculty and staff, and area community members with prior choral experience or a love of singing. Music majors may sing in the choir to fulfill the large ensemble requirement or as a secondary ensemble.

University Singers rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 6:00–8:30 p.m.

University Singers Auditions:
  • Prepare a simple song (hymn, carol, art song, musical theatre song, folk song, opera aria, or the national anthem) to sing a cappella. Choose a song that suits your voice and showcases your range.
  • Sight-reading excerpt with piano support
  • Melody sing-backs
  • Discussion about your interest in Duquesne Choirs