Choral Ensembles

UT Tyler School of Performing Arts

UT Tyler choral ensembles are open to students of all majors, and are conducted by Dr. Cameron Rose, Director of Choral Activities. Talent Awards (scholarships) are available for members of our university choral ensembles regardless of major, the auditions for which take place during the spring prior to intended enrollment. For additional information please contact Dr. Rose.

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Concert Chorale

MUEN 1145 / 3145 / 5145

Concert Chorale LogoThe UT Tyler Concert Chorale was organized in 1975 as the first choral ensemble of the university (then called Texas Eastern University). Since that time, the Chorale 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 mid-year.

Patriot Singers

MUEN 1155 / 3155 / 5155

Patriot Singers LogoOrganized 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.

History

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' instution, teaching upper-division courses to transfer students only. In 1998, UT Tyler added freshman and sophomore level classes, becoming a full 4-year and graduate institution. 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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