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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.
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Ackerman Auditorium

Performances

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

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REHEARSALS

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

CONDUCTOR'S PHILOSOPHY

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"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." 

-Gennevieve Brown-Kibble

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Sheets of music

AUDITIONS

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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. 

Choir Audition Link
Click on this link to find everything you need to prepare for and schedule your audition.

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Mabel Wood Hall at Southern Adventist University

Registration

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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

  • 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 - Benjamin Britten
    • I. Procession 
    • III. There is no rose
    • V. Balulalow
    • VII. This little Babe
  • Fantasia on Christmas Carols - Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Alleluia - Randall Thompson
  • All-Night Vigil, op. 37 - Sergei Rachmaninoff
    • I. Come, Let Us Worship
    • VII. Glory to God in the Highest
    • VIII. Praise the Name of the Lord
  • 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