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 fee for scores will not exceed $20.

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.

The ensemble has been conducted by Sandra Peter, D. M. A since 2016. For more information, please contact her via email

2022-2023 Schedule

Fall semester rehearsals:

  • Mondays, 7:15-9:15 p.m.
  • August 22 - November 21, 2022 (excluding Labor Day, September 5)
  • McMahan Hall (on the corner of Woodland Blvd. and Michigan Ave.), Stetson University, DeLand

Fall concert: Tuesday, November 22, 2022, 7:30 p.m., Stetson Baptist Church, DeLand 

  • Mass No. 2 in G major, D. 167 | Franz Schubert
  • Magnificat, VI. Deposuit potentes | Cecilia McDowall
  • The gift to sing | Marianne Forman 
  • If you love for beauty (Liebst du um Schönheit) | Clara Wieck Schumann (1819-1896), arr. James McCullough 
  • Make me an instrument of thy peace | Mary McDonald 
  • Light dawns on a weary world | Mack Wilberg 

Spring semester rehearsals:

  • Mondays, 7:15-9:15 p.m.
  • January 9, 2023 - April 24, 2023
  • McMahan Hall (on the corner of Woodland Blvd. and Michigan Ave.), Stetson University, DeLand

Spring concert: Tuesday, April 25, 2023, 7:30 p.m., Stetson Baptist Church, DeLand

  • Repertoire to be determined

Concert Ticket Information

For the most current information on concerts and performances, visit Stetson's music calendar. Tickets for general admission seating are available online. The price of admission is $15 for adults, $5 non-Stetson University students; all Stetson University students, faculty and staff receive free admission with their university ID.

Scores

Scores will be available for purchase at the first rehearsal (see schedule above). The price will not exceed $20 per singer. Every singer must have original, published copies for all rehearsals and performances. (For a community member, the total semester fee is $25 dues plus $20 music purchase = total $45.) For registered Stetson students, the only fee is the $20 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
  • Britten | Rejoice in the Lamb
  • Clearfield, A. | Farlorn Alemen
  • Fauré | Requiem, Op. 48
  • Gabrieli, G. | Jubilate Deo
  • Hagen, J. | The notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
  • Handel | Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63 (excerpts)
  • Handel | Messiah, HWV 56
  • Haydn | Mass in C Major, H. XXII: 9 (Missa in tempore belli)
  • Haydn | Mass in D Minor, H. XXII: 11 (Missa in Angustiiis)
  • Haydn | Te Deum in C Major, H. XXIIIc: 2
  • Lauridsen | Lux aeterna
  • McDowell, Cecilia | Magnificat
  • 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
  • Rossini | Cum sancto Spiritu (Petite messe solennelle)
  • 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, Andrew Larson, and Sandra Peter. Guest conductors include Ann Small, Anthony Hose and Timothy Peter.