Vocal Music

ENMU's vocal music program trains singing performers and prospective vocal and choral educators. To directly engage you, our academic experiences range from one-on-one studio lessons with voice faculty for music majors and non-majors to voice classes where students are taught proper techniques in singing in group class settings. Courses in vocal and choral literature, foreign language diction, choral conducting and methods, and vocal pedagogy round out the vocal curriculum. Scholarships are available if you qualify.

University Choirs

Our choral ensembles include University Singers, Chamber Singers and Swanee Singers. Our choirs perform a wide variety of repertoire from the 15th century to the present. You can expect to perform excellent choral repertoire with other highly talented musicians in five to six concerts per year. Other exciting experiences in which ENMU choir members participate include performing major works with state and regional orchestras, including the Santa Fe Symphony, Roswell Symphony and the Amarillo Symphony. The ENMU Choirs also tour yearly, both in-state and abroad, having recently completed performance tours to China, Europe and New York City.

View the Fine Arts Calendar for our next performances.

Prospective Students

If you are interested in joining one of the choirs, please view information about our audition process.

Current ENMU Students

If you are interested in joining a choir, please contact Dr. Paulk for more information.

Chamber Singers

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The Chamber Singers is a select auditioned ensemble of 24 singers who sing choral music from all eras. The ensemble tours regionally and has sung with the Amarillo, Roswell, Santa Fe and Southwest symphonies and at the New Mexico All-State Conference. Chamber Singers frequently collaborate with the University Singers for performances of larger works.

Chamber Singers were honored to have been selected for performance at the National American Choral Directors Association Convention, March 4-7, 2009

This ensemble is open to all students by audition at the beginning of the academic year.

Swanee Singers

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The Swanee Singers is an auditioned small ensemble that presents varying styles of music. The ensemble functions as a madrigal group and a show choir. Members may take part in the musical or opera scenes depending on the semester.

The ensemble is open to all students by audition at the beginning of the academic year.

Trio Encantada

Trio Encantada, an ENMU faculty ensemble, features the combined talents of Tracy Carr, oboist; Jeanie Wozencraft-Ornellas, lyric soprano; and Mark Dal Porto, pianist and composer.

Accomplished soloists in their own fields, members of the Trio Encantada perform a varied repertoire ranging from Baroque cantatas to 21st century works, including works commissioned especially for them. The ensemble combines repertoire for voice and piano, oboe and piano, and all three instruments together. Trio Encantada's extensive performing schedule includes venues throughout the United States and abroad.

University Singers

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University Singers is an ensemble of 70-80 singers from the University community who sing choral music from the Renaissance through the 20th century. The ensemble performs three major concerts each year in October, December and April.

In April, the University Singers combine with the Chamber Singers to perform larger works.

This ensemble is open to all students regardless of major.

Alumni Choir

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Dust off your vocal chords and come back to campus for a weekend of great music making and reconnect with all of your musical friends at Alumni Choir reunion. When you graduate from ENMU, you have the opportunity to continue performing and stay involved with music by participating in the Alumni Choir, which is hosted approximately every five years.

 

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