One of IPFW’s three choral ensembles seeks new members from the community as it begins its 2016-2017 performance season with rehearsal August 22. Choral Union is a concert choir that combines IPFW students (some of whom take the course for credit) and singers from the community (who pay no fee to participate).
Choral Union performs a variety of artistic choral music ranging from the great classics to the works of contemporary composers. In addition to rehearsing and performing such literature, rehearsals provide an opportunity for members to increase their knowledge of music notation and theory.
The ensemble rehearses on Monday evenings during the IPFW fall and spring semesters, except during holidays on the IPFW academic calendar. Rehearsals take place from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the choral rehearsal room of IPFW’s Rhinehart Music Center (RC 122).
Choral Union performs during several concerts throughout the year, including IPFW’s popular holiday concert in December. Earlier this year, Choral Union supplemented the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Chorus for the orchestra’s performance of Carl Orff’s masterpiece, “Carmina Burana.”
The ensemble welcomes all singers, regardless of experience or skill level. Conductor Dr. Vaughn Roste – IPFW’s Director of Choral Studies – conducts brief, simple auditions for the sole purpose of determining whether to place each singer in the soprano, alto, tenor or bass section. IPFW students who wish to receive college credit may enroll in MUS-X073, but students may participate as community volunteers without enrolling, if they do not desire course credit.
Singers who are interested in joining Choral Union may attend its first rehearsal August 22 or contact Dr. Roste via email at rostev.