Vocal Studies at Tarleton State University
The University Singers is a group of approximately 45 students from across the campus. A brief, simple audition is required for admission. Many students participating in this choir are not music majors. Music sung by the group is challenging, but not beyond the grasp of students with limited choral experience. Members of the Chamber Choir are also members of this group. University Singers rehearse once a week and perform twice each semester. This group regularly performs with members of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra on campus. Rehearsals outside of class time are limited to no more than one or two per semester.
Select Women's Ensemble
The newest ensemble at Tarleton, the Select Women's Ensemble, was formed in the spring of 2004 and is open to all female singers based on a simple audition. This group numbers 16-24 singers each semester and focuses on developing independent musical leadership while performing a wide variety of music styles. The Select Women's Ensemble sings everything from Bach to Barbershop and typically it performs on two concerts per semester. The choir meets on Monday and Wednesday each week from 3-4 P.M.
The Chamber Choir is the premier small ensemble at TSU. Auditioned from members of the University Singers, the group performs challenging and demanding literature from all periods of music history. It is often called upon to perform at official University functions, conventions, and special events both at school and in the community. Both music majors and non-majors participate in the ensemble. The group takes a spring tour each year to area high schools in addition to two concerts each semester.
Cross Timbers Civic Chorale
The Chorale is a civic chorus sponsored by Tarleton State University and the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council. Music majors from TSU participate with this group in the annual Christmas presentation of Messiah with members of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. No University credit is given for the Chorale, but the musical challenge of singing major works with orchestra make participation well worth the one required rehearsal Tuesday evenings each week.