Q: Do I have I have to be a Music Major to participate in choirs?
A: No. In fact, about 80% of our choir members are not music students!
Q: If I am not a Music Major, will I have time for choir?
A: Yes. Not only will you be able to make time for choir, studies show that students who sing in a choir actually do better academically.
Q: Do I sing well enough to be a member of an ISU choir?
A: Virtually everyone who wants to sing in a choir may do so. We have two auditioned and two non-auditioned choirs.
Q: Is choir offered for academic credit?
A: Yes. Each choir carries one academic credit per semester.
Q: Where is Music Hall, and where can I find information about choirs?
A: Music Hall is located on the north side of Lake LaVerne. Information can be found on our webpage.
Q: When and where are choir auditions held?
A: Fall auditions are held in 009 and 111 Music Hall the four days before classes begin. Simply sign up for a time. Spring auditions are by appointment with the conductors.
Q: What happens in a typical audition?
A: An audition lasts between five and seven minutes. Non-auditioned choirs, Lyrica and Statesmen, will be taken through a few brief vocal exercises to determine range and voice placement. Auditioned choirs, Iowa State Singers and Cantamus, will be taken through a few vocal exercises to determine range and voice placement as well as tonal memory exercises and sight reading. Singing a prepared solo for an auditioned choir is recommended in any style of your choosing, though this component is certainly not required.
Q: Are there any tours?
A: Tours vary from year to year, ranging from local appearances, to singing at major national venues, to international tours.
Q: Do I need to provide my own concert attire?
A: No. The university loans tuxes and dresses to the choir members.