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Choral Ensembles: Autumn 2021

Information for engagement with choral ensembles for Autumn Quarter 2021

Welcome to Stanford! We’re pleased that you are interested in choral ensembles in the Department of Music. Auditions will take place Friday, 17 September through Wednesday, 22 September. Detailed below are plans for our choral ensembles for the 2021-2022 academic year.  Signups for auditions for all ensembles, with the exception of Early Music Singers, can be accessed by clicking here for the choral audition intake webform. If you are interested in auditioning specifically for Early Music Singers, contact Professor William Mahrt ( for additional information.

Chamber Chorale (MUSIC 165)

The Stanford Chamber Chorale is a select choir of 24 students dedicated to the performance of virtuosic literature for the small choral ensemble. Its members maintain a rigorous schedule of performing, touring, and recording. 2021-2022 highlights include a performance of Mozart’s Requiem with Robert Kapilow for his “What Makes it Great” series.

Chamber Chorale meets Mondays: 12:15-1:15 p.m., Thursdays: 7:00-9:30 p.m.

Check the Chamber Chorale’s website ( or contact the director, Professor Stephen M. Sano ( for additional information.

Early Music Singers (MUSIC 159)

The Stanford Early Music Singers specialize in the performance of choral literature from the Medieval and Renaissance eras. Directed by William Mahrt, a leading expert in chant and Renaissance polyphony, EMS typically numbers approximately 25 members, with smaller groups occasionally drawn from the ensemble. EMS’ repertoire for the year includes a broad range of literature from England and the Continent.

Early Music Singers meets Tuesdays: 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Contact Professor William Mahrt ( for additional information.

Memorial Church Choir (MUSIC 163)

The Memorial Church Choir performs choral music for Sunday University Public Worship at Stanford Memorial Church, providing the opportunity to explore and perform a wide range of sacred choral music from the Western classical tradition. Special events for the year include the annual Christmas Service of Lessons & Carols.

Memorial Church Choir meets Thursdays: 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Sunday at 11:00 a.m. for services.

Contact Dr. Robert Huw Morgan ( for additional information.

Symphonic Chorus (MUSIC 162)

With 200 members, Stanford’s Symphonic Chorus is the largest choral ensemble on campus and specializes in the performance of choral masterworks with orchestra. This academic year, the Symphonic Chorus will begin its season in winter quarter, January 2022, and the repertoire will include Mahler's Symphony No. 2 "Auferstehung" ("Resurrection"), the world premiere of Giancarlo Aquilanti’s Te Deum, and Copland's The Promise of Living.

Symphonic Chorus meets Mondays: 7:30-10:00 p.m. with optional sectional rehearsals on Wednesdays: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Check the Symphonic Chorus’s website ( or contact Professor Stephen M. Sano ( for additional information.

University Singers (MUSIC 167)

A select concert choir of 50 members, the University Singers performs a broad range of Western classical music, both a cappella and accompanied by orchestra. Highlights for the year will include gems from Germanic a cappella repertoire, Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore and a program featuring Bach Motets.

University Singers meets Tuesdays: 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Contact Dr. Robert Huw Morgan ( for additional information.

Summer Chorus (MUSIC 167S)

At present, we plan on Summer Chorus returning in summer quarter 2022. Additional information will be available in spring quarter 2022..