Vocal Performing Groups
The Wayne State Choirs offer a number of exciting performance opportunities each year. With tremendous community support, choral concerts have garnered standing-room-only audiences. Ticketed holiday dinner and dessert concerts are another popular annual event in the community. On a rotating basis, choirs take annual tours to area schools and have also embarked upon domestic and international tours. Recognized for excellence and artistry, the Wayne State Choirs have been invited to perform at choral festivals and selected by audition to perform at the Nebraska Music Educator’s Association conference. Students also participate in state and regional National Association for Teachers of Singing (NATS) conferences, as well as local and regional vocal auditions/competitions. Each voice studio has a weekly masterclass led by trained vocal pedagogues and guest clinicians, and lessons are taught by instructors with local, regional, national, and international performance experience.
With a rich history spanning many decades and under the direction of notable conductors, the Concert Choir enjoys a reputation for choral excellence in Nebraska and beyond. The choir is an auditioned ensemble which demonstrates a versatile palate of sounds as they perform a varied repertoire from Renaissance through Romantic and also contemporary genres. The choir presents four major public concerts per year, has been invited to perform with professional ensembles, and tours in the region and beyond. They have performed in many of the finest acoustical spaces in the region and renowned halls throughout the world.
The Chamber Choir is the most select vocal ensemble at Wayne State. The choir specializes in performing very challenging repertoire including many languages and time periods, but they also enjoy vocal jazz and music theater. In recent years, they have performed music from Wicked, Hamilton, Dear Evan Hanson, Prince of Egypt, Godspell, and MJ the Musical. In the fall, the Chamber Choir plays a prominent role in the Holiday Dinner and Holiday Dessert concerts.
Lyrica Treble Choir
The Lyrica Treble Choir is open to all students regardless of major, without audition. To participate, one’s full voice must lie naturally in the treble clef. Objectives of the ensemble include, but are not limited to 1) healthy vocal technique, 2) tonal memory and audiation (hearing) skills, 3) music reading skills, and 4) a sense of community within a positive social climate. The choir performs music of many cultures and times, sometimes ranging from medieval to modern.
Choir for tenor and bass voices. Open to all students regardless of major, without audition. The choir performs music of many cultures and times, sometimes ranging from medieval to modern.