Recognized for high artistic standards, our choirs have performed in Europe, Asia, and South America as well as major national venues such as Carnegie Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Washington National Cathedral. Our choirs also have sung at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, with American singer-songwriter Kenny Rogers, and as a demonstration choir for the world-renowned King's Singers. In addition, we have performed as part of Star Wars: In Concert—a world tour that features a symphony orchestra and choir alongside footage from the Star Wars saga films. Anderson University’s choirs have also been featured performers at conferences of music and educational organizations.
Anderson University's outstanding choral directors work with the members of their groups to create the best possible choral experience for all. The choirs have a diverse repertoire, ranging from spirituals, gospel, and theatrical pieces to standard choral repertoire, modern classics, and major masterworks with orchestra.
Our choirs include:
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Credit for music and non-music majors
Participation in University Choir or Concert Choir fulfills the primary ensemble requirement for music majors, music minors, and others who are required to participate in a choir. Participation in the other groups fulfills the secondary ensemble requirement. Non-music majors can count participation in any of the choirs toward elective hours. Students who enter AU in the fall of 2017 or later may also meet a general education requirement by completing 3 semesters of a single approved ensemble.
Joining a choir
The South Carolina School of the Arts offers choral groups for all interests and skill levels. For some choirs, membership is open. Auditions simply determine the student’s voice type. Auditions for more selective ensembles include additional requirements. Students who sing in our choirs may have leadership opportunities as section leaders or student conductors. A limited number of choir members receive choral scholarships. If you are a prospective student interested in a choral scholarship or in participating in an advanced group, please attend one of AU’s Music Audition Days the year before you register as a student. If necessary, you may arrange an individual audition time by contacting Dr. Richard A. Williamson at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about choirs at the South Carolina School of the Arts, contact Dr. Richard Williamson, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, at email@example.com or (864) 231-2122.