Choral Union

Stetson Choir

The Choral Union is Stetson University's largest choral ensemble, with participation open to Stetson students as well as members of the community. No audition is required, but punctuality and preparation are crucial. Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings in McMahan Hall on the Stetson University campus in DeLand. Participation dues are $25.00 per semester. Singers are also required to purchase their own scores, which are made available at the first rehearsal of each semester. The fall 2017 score purchase will cost $10.00.

Our singers come from many walks of life and together form a vibrant musical community. The repertoire includes works for large chorus and orchestra, pieces accompanied by organ, brass, and/or a variety of other instruments and on occasion a cappella octavos. Choral Union presents one concert each semester.

For the 2017-18 academic year, the ensemble will be conducted by Sandra Peter, D. M. A. For more information, please contact her via email

2017-18 Schedule

Fall semester rehearsals:

  • Mondays, 7:15-9:15 p.m.
  • August 28 - November 20, 2017 (excluding Labor Day, September 4)
  • McMahan Hall (on the corner of Woodland Blvd. and Michigan Ave.), Stetson University, DeLand

Fall concert: Gloria by Francis Poulenc

  • Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.
  • First Baptist Church, 725 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, FL 32720

Spring semester rehearsals:

  • Mondays, 7:15-9:15 p.m.
  • January 22 - April 23, 2018
  • McMahan Hall (on the corner of Woodland Blvd. and Michigan Ave.), Stetson University, DeLand

Spring concert: TBA

  • Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.
  • First Baptist Church, 725 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, FL 32720

Concert Ticket Information

For the most current information on concerts and performances, visit Stetson's music calendar. Tickets for general admission seating are available at the door for all DeLand concerts and online. The price of admission is $10 for adults, $5 non-Stetson University students; all Stetson University students, faculty and staff receive free admission with their university ID.

Scores

The fall 2017 Choral Union Repertoire will be available for purchase at the first rehearsal (see schedule above). The price will be $10 per singer. Every singer must have an original, published copy for all rehearsals and performances. (For a community member, the total semester fee is $25 dues plus $10 music purchase = total $35.) For registered Stetson students, the only fee is the $10 music purchase.

Resources

History

The Choral Union is comprised of Stetson University students and members of the community. Its primary role is to serve as the university's symphonic chorus, though octavo and a cappella works occasionally complement their repertoire. The Choral Union has performed many times with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and the Stetson University Symphony Orchestra, and Stetson's Chamber Orchestra.  Past repertoire includes:

  • Bach, J. C. | Magnificat in C major, W. E22
  • Beethoven | Fantasia in C minor (Choral Fantasy), Op. 80
  • Beethoven | Mass in C Major, Op. 86
  • Bernstein | Chichester Psalms
  • Brahms | A German Requiem, Op. 45
  • Brahms | Schicksalsleid, Op. 54
  • Brahms | Nänie, Op. 82
  • Fauré | Requiem, Op. 48
  • Gabrieli, G. | Jubilate Deo
  • Handel | Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63 (excerpts)
  • Handel | Messiah, HWV 56
  • Haydn | Mass in C Major, H. XXII: 9 (Missa in tempore belli)
  • Haydn | Te Deum in C Major, H. XXIIIc: 2
  • Lauridsen | Lux aeterna
  • Mendelssohn, F. | Symphony No. 2, Op. 52 "Lobgesang"
  • Mozart | Coronation Mass in C Major, K. 317
  • Mozart | Requiem Mass in D minor, K. 626
  • Mozart | Missa brevis in F major, K. 192
  • Pinkham | Christmas Cantata
  • Poulenc | Gloria
  • Rutter | Gloria
  • Schubert | Mass in G Major, D. 167
  • Stravinsky | Symphony of Psalms
  • Thompson, R. | Frostiana
  • Vaughan Williams | Fantasia on Christmas Carols
  • Vaughan Williams | Festival Te Deum
  • Vaughan Williams | Five Mystical Songs
  • Vivaldi | Gloria, RV 589
  • Vivaldi | Magnificat, RV 610

The Choral Union has been conducted by Bob Rich, Duncan Couch, Alan Raines, Peter Durow, Milburn Price and Andrew Larson. Guest conductors include Ann Small, Anthony Hose and Timothy Peter.