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Dr. Bauer conducts four choirs that are active on the campus of the UNK: The Choraleers (Concert Choir), Vocal Collegium, (Chamber Choir), Caelestis Cantores (Women’s Choir), and The Statesmen (Men’s Choir). The repertoire for these choirs explore all genres of music and all eras of music history. They are open to the entire university community via placement audition.
Caelestis Cantores and The Statesmen are choirs devoted to the development of the treble voice and the male voice respectively. These two choirs present one major concert per semester, while singing the National Anthem for six UNK athletic events during the year (three in the fall: soccer, volleyball, and football; three in the spring: men’s and women’s basketball, and wrestling). They may also sing the anthem for Storm Hockey.
Choraleers is an auditioned concert choir devoted to performing choral repertoire that represents all eras and genres of choral literature….from the 15th c. to present day. This choir is for university students of any major who exhibit exceptional vocal and musicianship skill; i.e., sight-reading, rhythmic accuracy, and commitment to the exploration of all generes of repertoire for concert choirs. The choir's most recent major work was the February 27, 2014 performance of the Mozart Requiem, utilizing student soloists throughout. The Choraleers has been selected to perform on the annual NMEA State Convention numerous times throughout the years. They have received national acclaim following performances in Carnegie Hall (New York), the Mormon Tabernacle, and International acclaim following choir performance tours in Argentina & Uruguay, Italy, and, most recently, their 2013 tour of Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, and Austria. The Choraleers have sung with the Omaha Symphony (John Adams, Harmonium, Mozart Requiem and Beethoven Choral Fantasie), the Lincoln Symphony (Advent and Bach St. Matthew Passion), and with the Kearney Area Symphony. They have been the guest of the Lincoln Plymouth Congregational Concert Series (The English Experience and Mendelssohn’s Elijah). The choir has presented The Blue Grass Mass and The Holocaust Cantata during the past three years, in addition to a plethora of great choral works. The Choraleers participate in a brief choir tour of Nebraska High Schools each semester.
The UNK Vocal Collegium is our Chamber Choir. Members of this ensemble must achieve the Choraleers prior to consideration for admittance. Placement interview/auditions are held during the first week of the Fall semester, and during the first day of second semester. This choir is for university students of any major who exhibit exceptional vocal and musicianship skill. Members of the Vocal Collegium may be asked to sing the National Anthem for Athletic events during the year.
JOIN ONE of our CHOIRS! For more information, please contact Dr. Bauer (firstname.lastname@example.org). His office telephone is: 308-865-8609.
UNK CHORAL ACTIVITIES 2014-2015
|October 1:||Choral Arts Workshop – 8:30 a.m – 2:00 p.m.|
|October 13:||Dr. David Childs, composer/conductor, will conduct a performance of nine of his compositions with the Choraleers and three area high school choirs: Holdrege, Kearney, Lexington - Fine Arts Recital Hall, UNK - 7:30 p.m.|
|October 27:||High School Men’s Ensemble Workshop - 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.|
|November 23:||Men’s & Women’s Choir Concert - Fine Arts Recital Hall, UNK - 3:00 p.m.|
|December 7:||Platte River Singers Performance with Lincoln Symphony - Lied Center, Lincoln - 5:00 p.m.|
|December 9:||Choraleers and Kearney High School Chorale performance with Kearney Symphony Orchestra Sunrise Mass, Ola Gjeilo - Fine Arts Recital Hall, UNK - 7:30 p.m.|
|December 18:||Vocal Collegium Advent Concert – 8:30 p.m.|
|December 19:||Choraleers sings for UNK Fall Commencement - Health & Sports Center, UNK - 9:15 a.m.|
|January 26th||Honor Choirs Festival (3 Choirs)|
|February 17:||High School Women’s Ensemble Workshop - 8:30 – 2:00 p.m.|
|March 8:||UNK Choirs Concert - St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 2304 2nd Ave, Kearney, NE 68847 - 3:00 p.m.|
|April 26:||UNK Choirs Spring Concert - Fine Arts Recital Hall, UNK - 7:30 p.m.|
Please contact Dr. David Bauer for further information about any of the above events. Registration for all workshops may be completed on-line.