University Singers

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University Singers

Fall 2017 | Mu 1511
Rehearsal Times: M/W 3:20-4:30, T/Th 3:00-4:10

University Singers is conducted by Dr. Richard W. Robbins, director of choral activities at the University of Minnesota Duluth. This choir, selected by audition from students of any discipline on campus, is the premier large ensemble in the UMD choral program. Founded in 1972 by Professor Vernon H. Opheim, University Singers has a long and successful history of performances, including nine concert tours of Europe; concert tours in Kenya, Tanzania, and Costa Rica; and invited performances for state and regional conferences of both ACDA and MMEA.

University Singers maintains an active performance schedule, performing large choral masterworks with the UMD Symphony Orchestra and combined choral ensembles and annual concert traditions, including the Weber Memorial Concert, Sounds of the Season, and annual fall, mid-winter, and spring concerts. The choir has hosted and performed under guest conductors from Sweden, Hungary, and Russia.


Membership in University Singers and Chamber Singers is open to students of any major, by audition. All students must audition, regardless of their past experience with the group.


To audition, complete the audition information form and select an audition time here

Your audition will consist of the following:

  • a short interview
  • vocalizing to determine your range
  • a brief sight-reading exercise and singing back pitches played on the piano
  • a short excerpt of an art song or hymn of your choice (1 minute excerpt maximum). A piece sung for vocal juries or solo and ensemble contest would be appropriate. Please bring a copy of the accompaniment for your art song or hymn.

If you have questions about the audition or University Singers/Chamber Choir, please contact Dr. Richard Robbins (