BYU Choirs: The Benefits of Choral Singing

The opportunity to attend college is an incredibly transformative time. Students build friendships, experience a new environment, and set themselves toward a career path. Many students bridge this transition with relative ease, while others face big challenges.

How can you help your student thrive as they transition to life at BYU? Our answer might surprise you: encourage them to join one of BYU’s acclaimed choirs!

Recently, the unique benefits of choral singing have captivated researchers across disciplines. Let’s take a look at some of the ways that choral singing can help your student flourish in their BYU experience:

Benefits of Choral Singing

  • Connects students to an abundant social environment
  • Improves mood through the release of endorphins
  • Relieves stress & increases immune system strength
  • Encourages mindfulness, or the practice of focusing on the present rather than worrying about the future or ruminating on the past
  • Releases emotions and stimulates creativity
  • Deepens spiritual strength as singers offer “songs of the heart” to God
  • Builds a sense of accomplishment through diligent rehearsals and fulfilling performances.

Sounds pretty amazing, right? Less stress, less isolation, and increased spiritual strength—just imagine how these forces could help your student blossom.

The BYU Choirs

BYU enjoys a long tradition of excellence in choral music. From the beginning, founder Karl G. Maeser led a choir that performed at the Brigham Young Academy devotionals. Now, almost 150 years later, the program supports 5 choirs comprised of over 1,000 students each semester.

You might expect that the BYU choral program succeeds because it is dominated by music majors. This is actually not the case! Even in our most advanced ensembles, between 40 and 50 percent of students are not music majors. For example, in Men’s Chorus, the average number of music majors is about 10 out of 180 singers! The BYU choirs welcome singers of all levels and can find a place for your student in one in the BYU choral groups, regardless of past choral or musical experience.

University Chorale: The University Chorale is BYU’s non-auditioned choir. The choir is open to all students and performs twice per semester: once at a campus devotional, and again with a concert at the end of the semester.

Men’s Chorus: Men’s Chorus is the largest collegiate male choral organization in the United States. This auditioned choir, directed by Rosalind Hall, features 180 men—very few of whom are music majors. Men’s Chorus is known for their energizing and engaging performances. Their YouTube videos receive millions of views, while their most recent album, Set Apart, reached #7 on the national Billboard Charts.

Women’s Chorus: Led by Sonja Poulter, BYU Women’s Chorus is an auditioned choir that features around 160 voices each semester. Like Men’s Chorus, very few of the Women’s Chorus members are music majors. Instead, participants come together from many academic backgrounds to create beautiful music. They too are well known for their inspiring performances and can be heard on multiple professionally-produced albums.

Concert Choir: BYU Concert Choir is an acclaimed auditioned mixed choir featuring 100 advanced singers. The choir is directed by Rosalind Hall, who leads the group in a rigorous rehearsal and performance schedule. Their repertoire includes many works from the classical canon, in addition to contemporary works, hymns and folk songs.

BYU Singers: BYU Singers is a premier touring choir, led by Dr. Andrew Crane. This selective group of 40 singers performs a wide variety of repertoire at the highest level.  The choir has performed in some of the most prestigious venues around the world, and most recently completed a tour of Vietnam and Indonesia in 2018. Their most recent professionally-produced album can be found here.

How Can Your Student Get Involved?

Auditions to join BYU Choirs will be held August 27th - 31 2019.  Visit our website for information about the audition process and requirements, and to learn about and listen to each of the BYU Choirs.

We look forward to meeting your student and helping them thrive in their choral experience and in their transition to life at BYU!

CHOIR

COURSE CODE

REHERSAL SCHEDULE

University Chorale (Day Section)

311R

M,W,F  12:00 - 12:50pm

University Chorale (Evening Section)

311R

T, Th  4:00 - 5:30pm

Men's Chorus

312R

M, T, W 4:00 - 4:50pm;
Th  3:30 - 4:50pm

Women's Chorus

313R

M, T, W 3:00 - 3:50pm;
F  2:00 - 3:30pm

Concert Choir

314R

M, T, W 2:00 - 2:50pm;
Th  1:30 - 2:50pm

University Singers

315R

M, W, F 1:00 - 1:50pm;
Th  12:00 - 1:20pm

Elizabeth Lew is the Administrative Assistant to the BYU choral faculty and Andrew Crane is an associate professor in the School of Music and director of BYU Singers.