UT Tyler School of Performing Arts
UT Tyler choral ensembles are open to students of all majors. Talent Awards (scholarships) are also available for members of our choirs regardless of major, the auditions for which take place during the spring prior to intended enrollment. For additional information please contact Dr. Cameron Rose, Director of Choral Activities.
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MUEN 1145 / 3145 / 5145
The UT Tyler Concert Chorale was organized in 1975 as the first choral ensemble of the university (then called Texas Eastern University), and since that time has continued a rich heritage of performances across a wide variety of musical traditions. Concert Chorale generally performs in two large concerts each semester, drawing from "classical," sacred, folk, jazz and multicultural works. Choral-orchestral masterworks performed in recent years have included: Missa in C (Mozart), Kleine Orgelmesse (Haydn), Jesu meine Freude (Bach), Gloria (Vivaldi), Mass in G (Schubert), Gloria (Rutter), Requiem (Rutter), Requiem (Fauré), Requiem (Duruflé). In 2018, Concert Chorale collaborated with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra in performances of Zadok the Priest (Handel), Nanie (Brahms), and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.
Concert Chorale is UT Tyler's large university choir. An informal, vocal screening
with the director is needed to prior to enrollment. Singers are also welcome to enroll
MUEN 1155 / 3155 / 5155
Organized in 2004, Patriot Singers is the auditioned, vocal chamber ensemble of UT Tyler, and perform a vibrant and challenging repertoire from sacred Renaissance works to contemporary vocal jazz. Their many highly-attended performances include joint concerts with the Philippine Madrigal Singers, the Grammy-winning Swingle Swingers, and performing the National Anthem for the Dallas Mavericks (20,000 in audience). In 2018 they were featured at the College Music Society South Central Regional Conference. In addition to formal performances with the Concert Chorale, the Patriot Singers perform in featured community and regional events as musical ambassadors for the university at large.
Membership is by audition in the spring. A full academic year commitment is expected.
UT Tyler was founded as Tyler State College in 1971, then renamed Texas Eastern University in 1975. In 1979 it joined the University of Texas System as a 'senior level' institution, teaching upper-division courses to transfer students only. In 1998, UT Tyler became a full four-year institution, adding freshman and sophomore level classes. During that time our choral directors have included:
- Dr. Cameron Rose (2008-present, Director of Choral Activities)
- Dr. John Petzet (2007-2008, visiting)
- Dr. David Scholz (2006-2007, visiting)
- Dr. Mark Johnson (2004-2007, Patriot Singers)
- Dr. Tom Allen (1991-2006, Director of Choral Activities)
- Dr. Mark Mecham (1984-1986, visiting)
- Dr. Chad Edwards (1975-1990, Director of Choral Activities)
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