The University Chorale, a choir of 80-100 singers, performs a wide variety of music each semester ranging from classical styles to multi-cultural works and popular music. This ensemble is open to music majors and non-majors by audition. The University Chorale is comprised of students from over twenty-five majors across campus. Each semester, the Chorale presents featured concerts alone and with other university ensembles, including the GMU Symphony Orchestra. The University Chorale has been a featured choir at the Virginia Music Educators Conference, and performs a popular Broadway Showcase each spring semester to sold out audiences.
All choruses present a regular concert series and often collaborate with other George Mason University performing ensembles from the Schools of Music, Dance, and Theater. The University Chorale has performed at numerous University events including the Inauguration of President Cabrera and for a special visit by President Barack Obama. Alumni of the University Chorale are leaders in the Northern Virginia community and beyond in many diverse fields including teaching, performing and government positions.
In addition to performing on campus in the Center for the Arts, choral groups have presented concerts throughout the Greater Washington area in the Kennedy Center, Strathmore Center for the Arts, The Library of Congress, and the White House. They have appeared as guests with professional orchestras and also with The United States Marine Band and The United States Army Chorus.
Touring activities for all choral ensembles include travel throughout Virginia, as well as participation in U.S. music festivals in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and New York City. Mason students routinely participate in performance opportunities abroad, with ensembles or individually. Students have performed in London, England; St. Moritz, Switzerland; Florence, Italy; and Cologne, Germany. Through Mason’s Study Abroad program, students are offered wonderful opportunities to take intensive language and music courses in cities around the world.