The UND Concert Choir has distinguished tradition of performing renowned choral literature at the highest level of artistry. The choir performs regularly with the Grand Forks Chorales and tours overseas every three years. Most recently, the choir visited Japan in 2017, and toured Cuba in 2014.
The choir has performed such masterworks as Durufle's Requiem, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Chichester Psalms by Leornard Bernstein, Haydn's Creation, Mozart's Requiem, and Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem, from the recent past. The repertoire of the choir is explored through traditional, thematic, and newly composed music. Most of the repertoire is unaccompanied, with additions of strings, winds, and piano when appropriate. The repertoire is a mix of sacred and secular and includes all the style periods and genres.
Choir members are from many majors at UND, therefore, all majors are welcome and invited to audition. The concert choir rehearses four days a week and performs several concerts each year on and off campus and during annual spring tours.
Auditions are arranged by contacting Dr. Dean Jilek at 701.777.2814 or dean.jilek@UND.edu. Because Concert Choir is a full year commitment, auditions take place the Sunday and Monday prior to the school year. The auditions consist of vocalizing to determine range and voice type, pitch and melody matching, some sight reading and a prepared piece, if possible. An accompanist is provided. The audition usually takes 10 to 15 minutes.
The Varsity Bards Men's Chorus has been a familiar tradition at the University and around the state since 1952. The Bards perform a variety of light and popular works, including the popular UND school songs, traditionally joined by Bards alumni from the audience. They have appeared at state, regional, and national conventions, and tour regionally. A small men's ensemble, Goliards, is chosen from within the Bards. A short, stress-free audition is held during the first rehearsal to determine voice type and quality.
Varsity Bards meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-4:45 p.m. The course number is MUSC 263.
Allegro Women's Chorus performs a wide range of repertoire for women's voices. Allegro and the Varsity Bards perform joint concerts. Allegro has performed at state and regional choral director's conventions, and regularly tours throughout the region. Membership traditionally is from many majors across campus. A short stress-free interview is held during the first three days of classes to determine voice type and quality.
Director: Melanie Popejoy
Vivo is a women's chamber ensemble, open by audition, which performs music spanning a variety of styles and time periods. Membership includes music majors, as well as majors from other disciplines. The ensemble performs regularly, on and off campus, throughout the year. Auditions are held during the first week of classes.
Director: Melanie Popejoy
MWF 1-1:50 p.m.