Choral/Vocal Music at VWU
The Choirs at Virginia Wesleyan make a place for anyone who wants to make music, regardless of their skill level. The Wesleyan Choirs have a long tradition of high quality performances, including performances across the Eastern Seaboard, Carnegie Hall, and throughout Hampton Roads. The choirs perform a variety of music from all styles and genres, as well as several world premieres by composers such as Timothy Takach, Paul Carey, and Andrew Maxfield. Come join the Choirs and find your home at Virginia Wesleyan!
Bravura is an open-enrollment choir that offers freshmen and non-majors a venue to sing quality choral music from a variety of styles and genres while they develop their skills as a singer and as a musician. The choir performs once per semester and engages in service learning opportunities as part of their performances. No audition necessary.
Camerata is an auditioned ensemble of 30-40 singers (freshmen-seniors) that sing repertoire from the standard choral canon, including major works with orchestral accompaniment. As the flagship ensemble of Virginia Wesleyan, this choir tours regularly. Students must be enrolled in Bravura or have already taken it for one year. Audition required.
Vox Verum is the top chamber ensemble in the Virginia Wesleyan Choirs program for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. An auditioned mixed choir of 12-16 singers, the choir singers entirely unaccompanied music from a variety of styles and genres, including a capella, jazz, and contemporary music. This ensemble will participate in regional and national tours along with Camerata. Members of Vox Verum must pass an audition and sing in Camerata.
For more information on the Wesleyan Choirs, visit the Wesleyan Choirs website.
To schedule an interview or audition, contact the Director of Choirs, Dr. Mortensen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Auditions for prospective freshmen will be held on Marlins Days from 12pm - 2pm. To register for an upcoming Marlins Day, click here.
To sign up for an audition time, click here.
In order to hear you at your best, be prepared for the following in your audition:
- Sing a familiar tune (My Country Tis of Thee, Hymn, or Folksong of your choice).
- Sing various warm-ups and vocal exercises to test your range.
- Sight Singing and Aural Recall Exercises
Private applied music study is offered to students enrolled in the University regardless of previous musical background or major interest. A serious commitment to learning about classical music literature and the technique required to perform such literature is required
Students study basic vocal techniques to develop the voice for solo and choral use. Students will learn the fundamentals of posture, breath, phonation, and control. No previous experience is required. To be taken as an introduction to singing or as a complement to other musical study on campus.