As Truman’s premiere choir, Cantoria has been acknowledged as a model of choral excellence, known for performing a wide range of distinctive choral repertoire. Audition is required (see next page for audition information). With about 50 singers, Cantoria gathers each weekday at 12:30 pm to rehearse. Its repertoire ranges from miniature masterpieces from all time periods to significant a cappella compositions, and from works with obbligato instruments to choral-orchestral masterworks. Recent concerts have focused on music of American composers. Cantoria maintains an active performance schedule on and off campus. Performances at several recent MMEA conferences (2017, 2012, 2007) evidence the high expectations of performance and commitment level of the singers. Cantoria tours regionally and internationally, with study abroad programs offered every three years.
The singers of Voci are encouraged to think and act within a collaborative model of rehearsal. Singers engage the music and texts critically, to help define the group’s interpretation of the music and to make connections between the music and everyday life. The singers of Voci take additional ownership of the choir in helping to choose some the semester repertoire and by participating in commissioning projects. Voci has a history of performing pieces of significance in the women’s chorus repertoire.
Chorus singers meet twice per week on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at 4:30 pm, a time when few other courses are scheduled. The choir sings a wide range of repertoire, from traditional folk song arrangements—as in the Fall, 2018, program: Songs from Around the World—to choral-orchestral masterworks with Cantoria and the University Orchestra. Choral ensemble experience and/or solid music reading background is highly recommended. Chorus performs one or two concerts per semester.