Keep yourself in the music! Make new friends. Be part of our musical family and enrich your life at the university. Join a UMass choral ensemble!

Entrance to all the groups is by a Choral Placement Hearing, which is brief and painless. Read the directions below carefully to sign up for a placement audition for spring 2021. Auditions will take place during the first week of classes. NOTE: Virtual rehearsals for Chorale will begin on Monday, February 1. Rehearsals for Chamber Choir and Conductors’ Chorus will begin on February 8 and 9. 

Those interested in auditioning for University Chorale should email Dr. Paparo ( to set up an audition time. 

If you are interested in auditioning for Conductors’ Chorus, please email Dr. Thornton ( to schedule a time.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer Women’s Choir this semester.

Auditions for the UMass Chamber Choir
Singers interested in this ensemble should plan to audition on either Wednesday or Friday during the scheduled class time. Advanced freshmen singers (majors and non-majors) and students from the Five Colleges are eligible to audition. Sign up for your audition below. As part of the audition, please prepare your voice part of this excerpt from the “Kyrie” movement of William Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices. For your audition tempo, the quarter-note should equal 74-78. Start at the beginning and end at measure 22. The excerpt will be sung unaccompanied.

Callback auditions will not be held this spring. Feel free to email Dr. Thornton with any questions. We look forward to seeing you and hearing you sing! 

Sign up for your audition
Do not skip spaces on the sign-up sheet. Sign up for the earliest available time.

Wednesday, February 3

Friday, February 5