Bel Canto and Die Meistersinger


Bel Canto (women's chorus) and Die Meistersinger (men's chorus) are general choirs available to all students with beginning to advanced levels of choral experience. These choirs often combine for church services and concerts as well as to perform large works with the Symphony Orchestra.


Performance opportunities include two to three on-campus concerts each semester.

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Mabel Wood Hall 343, 12:00 - 12:50 p.m.
Bel Canto - Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Die Meistersinger - Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Conductor's Philosophy

"If this is your first experience singing with a choir, I’m just as thrilled—if not more—than if you came with years of training and experience. That’s how convinced I am of the power of great music to uplift and transform singer and audience alike." More about the conductor »

—Gennevieve Brown-Kibble 


Auditions are held for new students each semester during the first few days of classes. New students are required to audition. Former Southern choir members are required to audition only if it has been more than a year since they have sung in a Southern choir. Sign-up sheets are posted outside of Mabel Wood Hall 327.


  1. Before you come, warm up by humming or singing simple scales and melodies.
  2. Arrive five minutes early to write a brief description of your musical experiences.
  3. Vocalization: You’ll do basic scales and exercises that allow you to continue to warm up and help demonstrate your vocal range.
  4. Sight singing: You’ll be given several short melodies to sing and rhythmic passages to clap, tailored to your level of experience.
  5. Memory exercises: Short (4 to 8 note) sequences will be played on the piano, and you are to sing the sequence you hear.
  6. Performance: You do not need to bring a prepared piece. Several well-known melodies (such as My Country, ‘Tis of Thee) will be available, and you are to sing the melody of one verse from the song of your choice.

Results will be discussed at the end of the audition.


Qualifying students register for Bel Canto or Die Meistersinger

  • Freshmen and sophomores register for MUPF 119—Bel Canto or MUPF 158—Die Meistersinger
  • Juniors and seniors register for MUPF 319—Bel Canto or MUPF 358—Die Meistersinger

Recent Repertoire

2018 - 2019
Psalm 150 César Franck
Beautiful Savior F.M. Christiansen
Sing Praise to God J. Bruce Ashton
Let My Prayer Come Up Into Thy Presence Henry Purcell
Amahl and the Night Visitors Gian Carlo Menotti
The Gallant Weaver from Two Scottish Love Songs Ethan McGrath
A Red, Red Rose from Two Scottish Love Songs Ethan McGrath
Tece Voda, Tece Deems Taylor
Shenandoah arr. James Erb
Chindia Alexandru Pascanu
Die Meere Johannes Brahms
Hotaru Koi Ro Agura
Poor Wayfaring Stranger Shane Warby
Zion's Walls Aaron Copland
Nigra Sum Pablo Casals
Where the Old Ohio Flows Lon Beery
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly Rose Bonne & Alan Mills
Don't Fence Me In Cole Porter
I Believe Lon Beery
Cause Me to Hear Melvin West
Near to the Heart of God Cleveland B. McAfee
A MIghty Fortress is Our God   Johann Sebastian Bach / Walter Damrosch
How Firm a Foundation   George Keith / Melvin West
Amazing Grace   John Newton / Robert J. Batastini
My Faith Has Found a Resting Place   Norwegian Folk Melody
My Hope is Built on Nothing Less     William R. Bradbury
Be Thou My Vision   Irish Folk Tune / John Rutter
Come, Peace of God   Eugene Butler
Let There Be Peace on Earth   Jill Jackson-Miller & Sy Miller / Robert Edgerton
This Little Babe from "Ceremony of Carols"   Benjamin Britten / Julius Harrison
A Spotless Rose   Ethan McGrath
Gloria   Francis Poulenc
O Little Town of Bethlehem   Lewis H. Redner
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing   Felix Mendelssohn / William H. Cummings
Angels We Have Heard on High   French Melody / Edward Shippen Barnes
Grace   Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein / Clay Warnick
Lily of the Valley   African-American Spiritual / Moses Hogan
The Awakening   Joseph M. Martin
Soon One Day   Michael Sandvik
Gloria   Antonio Vivaldi
Glory to God from "All-Night Vigil"   Sergei Rachmaninoff
Best of Rooms   Randall Thompson
Gabriel's Oboe from "The Mission"    Ennio Morricone
O Come, All Ye Faithful     J. F. Wade /  David Willcocks
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing   Felix Mendelssohn / David Willcocks
Holy is the Lord    Franz Schubert
Cast Thy Burden Upon the Lord  from "Elijah"    Felix Mendelssohn
He, Watching Over Israel from "Elijah"   Felix Mendelssohn
Lift Thine Eyes from "Elijah"   Felix Mendelssohn
The Old Hundredth Psalm Tune    Ralph Vaughan Williams
Peace I Leave With You    Phillip Landgrave
If I Were a Rich Man from "Fiddler on the Roof"   Jerry Bock / Stephen Duro
Consider Yourself  from "Oliver"   Lionel Bart / Norman Leyden
South Pacific (Medley)   Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein / Clay Warnick
Love Changes Everything from "Aspects of Love"    Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black & Charles Hart / Ed Lojeski
Tundra    Ola Gjeilo
The Schuyler Sisters from "Hamilton"    Lin-Manuel Miranda /  Alex Lacamoire
Carousel – In Concert   Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hamilton / Roy Ringwald
Elijah    Felix Mendelssohn
Rejoice, O Virgin (All-Night Vigil, op. 37)   Sergei Rachmaninoff
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming   Michael Praetorius / Richard Nance
Ave Maria    David MacIntyre
As It Fell Upon a Night    Puer Nobis Nascitur / David Willcocks
Infant Holy, Infant Lowly    Traditional Polish Carol
See dat Babe    Spiritual / Stacy V. Gibbs
Gloria in Excelsis Deo from Sinfonia Sacra    Daniel Pinkham
Angels We Have Heard on High    Edward Shippen Barnes
Joy to the World   Georg Friedrich Handel / Lowell Mason
Masters in This Hall    William Morris / Dave Burger
Silent Night    Franz Gruber / Leo Nestor
The Lord is My Shepherd   Thomas Matthews
The Word Was God    Rosephanye Powell
Love Through Me, Love of God    J. Bruce Ashton
The Invitation    Ethan McGrath
Call to Prayer and Response    David Orvek
More Holiness Give Me    P. P. Bliss / Ronald Staheli
The Glory of the Father    Egil Hovland
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty    Hugo Distler
Not One Sparrow is Forgotten    Shaker Hymn / William Hawley
The Song of Moses
     I. Listen O Heavens, I Will Speak
   David Holsinger
Messiah   Georg Frideric Handel
Psalm 148
  Gustav Holst
Lord of Creation   Shane / J. Bruce Ashton
O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus   Samuel Trevor Francis / J. Bruce Ashton
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty   Joachim Neunter / Jonathan Bartholomew
Kyrie   Jonathan Bartholomew
Plorate filii Israel (Jephthah)   Giacomo Carissimi
Hold On!   Spiritual / Moses Hogan
Wondrous Love   Folk Hymn / Stephen Sametz
Ezekiel Saw de Wheel   Spiritual / William L. Dawson
Weeping Mary   John G. McCurry / Brad Holmes
Look What Dey Doin' to Jesus    Spiritual / Richard Jackson
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing   Robert Robinson / James Mulholland
Creator of the Stars of Night   Sarum Plainsong
Every Praise   Hezekiah Walker / Travis Cottrell
Salmo 150   Ernani Aguiar
Magnificat    Francesco Durante
Once in Royal David's City    Daniel Kallman
Jubilate Deo    Guy Woolfenden
Blessed Be the Name of the Lord    Dale Grotenhuis
Unclouded Day    Alwood/Shawn Kirchner
Somewhere (West Side Story)    Bernstein/Robert Edgerton
The Star Spangled Banner    arr. James McKelvy
Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor    Berlin/Roy Ringwald
Chattanooga Choo Choo    arr. Mac Huff
By the Babylonian Rivers    arr. G.L. Brown-Kibble
We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace    William Appling
Poor Man Lazrus     Jester Hairston
In That Great Gettin' Up Mornin'    arr. Fenno Heath
There'll Be No Dark Valley    Ira D. Sankey
Goin' Home    Dvorak/Diane Loomer
Of the Father's Love Begotten    arr. Edwin T. Childs
Zion's Walls    Copland/Glenn Koponen
Hodie Christus Natus Est    Richard Nance
All Things Bright and Beautiful    John Rutter
Praise Ye the Lord    Saint-Saëns/Walter Ehret
This Little Light of Mine    arr. Moses Hogan
Where Can I Turn For Peace    Dwight Bigler
 All That Hath Life and Breath Praise Ye the Lord!    René Clausen
 O God, Beyond All Praising    Holst/Richard Proulx
Prayer is the Movement of Trust    J. Bruce Ashton
Ceremony of Carols
  I. Procession
  III. There is no rose
  V. Balulalow
  VII. This little Babe
   Benjamin Britten
Fantasia on Christmas Carols    Ralph Vaughan Williams
Alleluia    Randall Thompson
All-Night Vigil, op. 37
  I. Come, Let Us Worship
  VII. Glory to God in the Highest
  VIII. Praise the Name of the Lord
   Sergei Rachmaninoff
The Lord is My Shepherd    Franz Schubert
More Holiness Give Me    arr. Ronald Staheli
Salvation is Created, Opus 25, No. 5    Pavel Tchesnokov
The King of Love My Shepherd Is    arr. Mack Wilberg
The Morning Trumpet    arr. Mack Wilberg
A Parting Blessing    J. Jerome Williams
Agnus Dei    Peter Williams
How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place    Harry T. Burleigh
How Excellent is Thy Name    Eugene Butler
Beautiful Savior    arr. F. Melius Christiansen
I Know That My Redeemer Lives    Christine H. Davis
Ain'-a That Good News    William Dawson
Walk Together, Children    Moses Hogan
Lily of the Valley    Moses Hogan
Stay With Us    Egil Hovland
Abide With Me    Gilbert Martin
Near to the Heart of God    Cleland B. McAfee
Unto Thee, O Lord    James McGee
Lift Thine Eyes    Felix Mendelssohn
How Can I Keep from Singing?    James Mulholland
Song of Exaltation    John Ness Beck
Precious Lord, Take My Hand    Roy Ringwald
Gabriel's Oboe    Morricone/Johnson
Gloria    John Rutter
Neither Life Nor Death    Tim Rumsey
Sussex Carol    arr. David Willcocks
Angels We Have Heard on High    E.S. Barnes
As With Gladness Men of Old    Kocher/arr. Melvin West
O Jesus Sweet    J.S. Bach/arr. Greer
The King of Love My Shepherd Is    Edward C. Bairstow
Let There be Peace on Earth    Miller/Jackson/arr. Edgerton
Festival Piece on "Saint Anne"    Eugene Butler
God Be in My Head    Lorayne Coombs
Anthem of Praise    Richard Smallwood
Abide With Me: 'Tis Eventide    arr. Crawford Gates
My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord    arr. Moses Hogan
King of Glory, King of Peace    Joseph David Jones
Sing Praise to God    Bohemian Brethren
Let Thy Holy Presence    Tchesnokov/arr. Hopson
Children of the Heavenly Father    arr. Norman Myrvik
There is a Balm in Gilead    Traditional Negro Spiritual
E'en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come    Paul Manz
Come and Find the Quiet Center    Attributed to B.F. White
Magnificat in D    J.S. Bach
Choral Symphony No. 9 (Mvt. 4)    Ludwig van Beethoven
When In Our Music God is Glorified    David Ashley White
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling    John Rutter
The Lord is My Shepherd    John Rutter
We Gather Together    Stephen Paulus
I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes    Ethan McGrath
Blue Tail Fly    Richard Nance
Ching-a-ring-chaw    Aaron Copland
Zion's Walls    Aaron Copland
Shenandoah    James Erb
Down to the River to Pray    Sheldon Curry
I Wished to be Single Again    John A. Ricketts
Hello, Girls    Lloyd Pfautsch
Lux Aurumque    Eric Whitacre
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming    Richard Nance
Silent Night    Leo Nestor
O Come, O Come Emmanuel    David Schwoebel
Do You Hear What I Hear?    Emily Crocker
Angels We Have Heard On High    Mack Wilberg
Of the Father's Love Begotten    Edwin Childs
Wondrous Love    Steven Sametz
The Promised Land    Ronald Staheli
Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown    Bruce Ashton
My Shepherd Will Supply My Need    Virgil Thompson
Weeping Mary    Brad Holmes
Music in the Air    Moses Hogan
I Love the Lord    Ronald Staheli
The King of Love My Shepherd Is    Mack Wilberg
O God Beyond All Praising    Richard Proulx
The Lord Bless You and Keep You    John Rutter
O Lord God    Pavel Tchesnokov
I'm Gonna Sing 'Til the Spirit Moves in My Heart    Moses Hogan
Steal Away    Isaac Johnson
Give Me Jesus    Larry Fleming
There is a Balm in Gilead    Carl Haywood
Wade in the Water    Moses Hogan
Ain't Got Time to Die    Hall Johnson
I Hear A Voice A-Prayin'    Houston Bright
Hodie    Ralph Vaughan Williams
Messiah    G.F. Handel
Jesus, Lead the Way    Richard Proulx
Breathe on Me, Breath of God    Jonathan Willcocks
Sometimes a Light Surprises    Holst/Mark Hill
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing    James Mulholland
The Old Hundredth Psalm Tune    Ralph Vaughan Williams
Let Thy Holy Presence    Tchesnokov/Hopson
No Rocks A-Cryin'    Rollo Dilworth
When in Our Music God is Glorified    C.V. Stanford
All That Hath Life and Breath Praise Ye the Lord!    René Clausen
Christmas Day    Gustav Holst
What Sweeter Music    John Rutter
I Wonder as I Wander    Niles/Pilkington
Bogoroditse Devo    Sergei Rachmaninov
See dat Babe    Stacey Gibbs
Mass in Time of War    Franz Joseph Haydn
Lift Thine Eyes    Felix Mendelssohn
Goin' Home    Dvorak/Loomer
Four Folk Songs    Dale Grotenhuis
Praise His Holy Name!    Keith Hampton
The Heart's Offering    Anthony Baldwin
We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace    Moses Hogan
Moon by Night    Jonathan Newman
How Excellent is Thy Name    Eugene Butler
The Lord is My Shepherd    Mack Wilberg