Into the Lions’ Den

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Story by Erin Pihl, SMTD Publicity Intern In the early thirteenth century, New Year’s Eve wasn’t quite the elaborate celebration of fireworks and various renditions of “Auld Lang Syne” we might see today. Instead, the coming of the new year was celebrated by the Feast of Fools and a performance of a liturgical drama. On […]

Music Student Finds Her Voice, Opera World in Germany

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Angela Lamar pictured singing onstage

German language class. Voice lessons. Rehearsal after rehearsal. Angela Lamar’s daily schedule was nearly dawn to dusk, but the rigorous agenda was worth it for the rare opportunity to perform in Germany for the summer. Alongside approximately 20 other American students, Lamar participated in a study abroad program in Freiberg, Germany focused on exposing students […]


At Colorado State University, student singers become exceptional musicians by participating in choral ensembles, singing core repertoire of choral canon from the range of eras. The ensembles are open to all CSU students, regardless of major; however, an audition is required for the select groups.

The entire music faculty encourages student participation in choral ensembles; the best musician-singers in the music program sing in the top choirs resulting in a balance of graduate vocal majors and undergraduate music majors throughout.

The CSU choral program is established on a national level through appearances at multiple conferences such as the National Collegiate Choral Organization, the American Choral Directors Association, the Aspen Music Festival, the Steamboat Springs Strings Festival, and the Colorado Music Educators Association.


The CSU choirs perform locally many times each academic year including traditional choral concerts, large scale works with the University Symphony Orchestra, participation in the annual Holiday Gala, and appearances at the Homecoming Football Game, and the State Capital for Founder’s Day. Internationally, the choirs have traveled to Asia and Europe on numerous occasions. Additionally, CSU choirs embark on regional recruiting and outreach tours, performing at the high schools, churches, and other notable venues.

For more information about the choral program at CSU, please contact Director of Choral Activities Dr. James Kim.

Chamber Choir (MU 400)

chamber choir

Under the direction of Dr. James Kim, this top-select ensemble of 24–32 singers perform a wide variety of a cappella and accompanied repertoire. Objectives include ensemble precision with sensitivity to blending and intonation, demonstrating both healthy vocal production and sophisticated musical knowledge.

The Chamber Choir has been featured at many honor festivals, conventions, and workshops, including the International Sacred Choral Music Festival and Changwon Grand-Prix Choral Festival & Competition in Korea, appearances at National Collegiate Choral Organization conferences in 2006, 2009, and 2011 for a feature performance conducted by Bach specialist Helmuth Rilling. In 2010, they were featured at the ACDA Regional Conference in Denver, Colorado. Additional regional, national, and international appearances are currently in the works, including a summer 2015 Europe tour.

Concert Choir (MU 305)

Concert Choir

The Concert Choir is an auditioned ensemble of 40-50 undergraduate and graduate students from all degree paths at CSU. Approximately half of the students are pursuing majors other than music and represent members of top high school choral programs from across the country and multiple All-State Ensembles. The Concert Choir performs a variety of music from across the spectrum of choral repertoire, including masterworks by major composers from the early Renaissance through the Nineteenth Century, and new repertoire from some of today's top names in choral composition. The Concert Choir has collaborated with such prominent composers as Ola Gjeilo, Joshua Shank, and Paul Carey in recent performances and frequently combines with the CSU Chamber Choir and Symphony Orchestra to perform such master works as The Yellow River Cantata by Xian Xinghai (performed in Mandarin Chinese), Mozart's Requiem and Grand Mass in C Minor, and Orff’s Carmina Burana. The Concert Choir regularly performs in concert on campus and in venues throughout Fort Collins and Northern Colorado.

University Chorus (MU 202)

The University Chorus (MU 202) is open to all CSU students and is the largest and most diverse choir on campus with around 100+ singers. Emphasis is placed on the basics of beautiful, healthy vocal technique for the enjoyment of singing. The University Chorus performs a wide variety of music spanning history, culture, and language, including Renaissance madrigals, classical works, jazz tunes, world music, spirituals, and contemporary pieces.

  • No audition required: register and show up
  • Rehearses: T/TR, 5:30-7 p.m., Runyan Rehearsal Hall, G 122
  • Director: Dr. Seth Pendergast

Men's Chorus (MU 201)

The CSU Men's Chorus (MU 201) is a non-auditioned choir that is available to any male CSU student interested in singing in a choral ensemble. The choir performs a wide variety of music written for men's voices including traditional, barbershop, a cappella, vocal jazz, and other popular styles of music..

  • No audition required: register and show up
  • Rehearses: T/TR, 2-3:15 p.m., Runyan Rehearsal Hall, G122