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Department of Music

Men's Chorus

Men’s Chorus is a select ensemble of talented male voices. The Men’s Chorus singers represent a variety of musical backgrounds and academic majors in the liberal arts curriculum. This is a year-long, auditioned, major ensemble course open to any male student at Christopher Newport.

Men’s Chorus performs primarily on campus throughout the academic year. The repertoire includes a variety of styles drawn from periods throughout choral music history, with an emphasis on traditional men's chorus repertoire and a cappella men's glee song.

Students may register each semester, but no more than eight credits can be counted toward graduation.

Rehearsal Schedule
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Auditions

Men's Chorus (MUSC 117) Audition Requirements

Auditions are August 25-26, and are required for new students and music majors. Space permitting, auditions will be held at the semester break. Contact Sarah Frook Gallo for details.

  1. Prepared Piece
    Memorize 1 - 2 minutes of a prepared selection. This can be an art song, aria, or folk song/hymn. An accompanist will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own accompanist if you have one. The staff accompanist will be sight-reading, so if you choose this option, keep the difficulty of the accompaniment in mind.
  2. Sight Reading
    You will be given a short example to read with some chromaticism. Take one minute to look at the line before singing. Solfège, numbers, or a single vowel are all acceptable methods. If you would like to practice before your audition, use a hymnal or basic music text and practice singing individual lines without the aid of a piano. Resources are also available online.
  3. Pitch Memory
    A series of pitches will be played on the piano. You will then be asked to immediately sing them back after the first hearing. There will be several examples.

An audition is required of all new students at Christopher Newport University wishing to sing in the CNU Men's Chorus; returning members need not audition. All students, regardless of major, are encouraged to audition.

Keep in mind that as with any audition, you should be appropriately dressed and arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled audition time.

Students interested in auditioning for any of the curricular choirs must leave the following times available in their class schedules:

Men's Chorus and Women's Chorus - Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Chamber Choir - Mondays and Wednesdays 1 - 2:50 p.m., and Fridays 1 - 1:50 p.m.

Students are responsible for adding and dropping these courses during the first week of classes based on audition placement.

Contact Prof. Sarah Frook Gallo with any questions.

Conductor

Sarah Frook Gallo

Mrs. Gallo currently directs the Men’s Chorus and teaches Elementary Ear Training in the Music Department. Mrs. Gallo also directs the Women's Chorus at the College of William & Mary and is on the voice faculty at the University of Richmond. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is the artistic director of the Virginia Choral Society and sings with Norfolk’s professional vocal ensemble, the Virginia Chorale. Mrs. Gallo was awarded a singing fellowship and a conducting fellowship for the 2012 and 2013 Chamber Choir & Choral Conducting Workshops led by Simon Carrington as part of the Yale Summer School of Music/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (Norfolk, CT). She has also sung with such ensembles as the Master Chorale of Washington, D.C., Voices Professional Ensemble (Rochester, NY), and the James River Singers (Richmond). She holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the College of William & Mary.


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