Choral Ensembles

How to audition for choirs at the Tell School of Music

More Audition Information can be found on Dr. Gemmell's blog. It is linked below:

Sing in a Tell School of Music Choir!


University Choir MWF 12-12:50 Biemesderfer Concert Hall (WVPAC 101)

University Chorale TTh 2:30-4:00 Biemesderfer Concert Hall (WVPAC 101)

Cantilena Women’s Choir MW 5:30-7 Biemesderfer Concert Hall (WVPAC 101)

(See descriptions below and explore the blog above for video highlights)

Questions: Contact Dr. Jeffrey S. Gemmell (

ALL ensembles are open to ALL students, regardless of major.

University Choir and Chorale require auditions for NEW students only.

No audition is required for Women’s Choir.

More information is available outside of Dr. Gemmell’s office, WVPAC 222.

Choral Auditions and First Week of Rehearsals:

            Rehearsals start immediately during the first week of classes on Tuesday, 1/16/24. Whether you’ve auditioned or not – and remember Women’s Choir does not require an audition – you should attend ALL rehearsals of the ensembles you would like to join during the first week. This way you can learn more about the repertoire to be learned, the organization, the total program, and the commitment involved.

Be sure to sign up for an audition by Friday, 1/19. Choir lists will be posted by Monday, 1/22.

Auditioning for a Millersville Choral Ensemble.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Read the concert schedule and abbreviated syllabus provided below to make sure you can commit to a choral ensemble and perform on the Spring concert dates (Sunday, 2/25 and Saturday, 4/27).
  2. Sign up for a 10-minute audition slot that is convenient for you. Please consider a time within the following blocks, if possible:
    1. Tuesday, 1/16: 1:30 – 2:10 p.m. ; 3:20 – 4:00 p.m.
    2. Wednesday, 1/17: 11:00 – 11:40 a.m. ; 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
    3. Thursday, 1/18: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ; 3:20 – 4:00 p.m.
    4. Friday, 1/29: 11:00 – 11:40 a.m. ; 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.

            Sign up for your audition by emailing Dr. Gemmell ( or by clicking the Sign-Up Genius link:

  1. Complete a Choral Audition Form downloaded from my blog or found in the envelope outside of my office (WVPAC 222), which is where the audition will take place. Bring the completed sheet to your audition or send a PDF of the completed form to Dr. Gemmell.
  2. For the Interview-Audition, you will:
  3. a) Sing a simple song or, for Chorale, a prepared selection in your preferred style
  4. b) Vocalize to demonstrate your range
  5. c) Echo sing tonal patterns to check your ear
  6. d) Sight read a choral part to check your music reading ability

NEW members are welcome and encouraged to join all choirs.

Previous experience is helpful, but not required. Come join the fun!!

More information?  Contact:  Dr. Jeffrey Gemmell (


Millersville University Choral Ensemble Descriptions

ALL choirs are OPEN to ALL students!

University Choir (MWF 12-12:50 pm) is an auditioned ensemble of 60-80 members that explores a diverse repertoire of exciting vocal music from around the world. From the Renaissance to Contemporary Periods, this ensemble concentrates on challenging choral repertoire of the highest quality. An infinite variety of songs and enjoyable juxtaposition of styles is a common theme of all concerts.

University Chorale (TTh 2:30-4:00 pm) is a very select ensemble with a maximum of 30 members, the majority of which are upper class voice majors. The focus of this choir is to create innovative performances of sophisticated mixed-choir literature that is varied in style, international in scope, and universal in theme. Just recently, the ensemble performed the U.S. premiere of Oscar Navarro’s The Seven Trumpets with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, performed in concert with musical theater legend Patti LuPone, and performed Mozart’s Coronation Mass to rave reviews!

Cantilena (MW 5:30-7 pm) is a chamber ensemble that specializes in genre-specific repertoire. All students are welcomed and there is ample opportunity for student direction. Repertoire is supremely varied and there are many opportunities to perform on and off campus.

Choral Union is the name given to the exciting (and large) choir that emerges when all the above ensembles perform together in concert. This practice is most common for the Glorious Sounds of the Season concert, but also occurs regularly in Fall and Spring concerts.


NEW members are welcome and encouraged to join all choirs.

Previous experience is helpful, but not required. Come join the fun!!

Check out the video below of the Choral Union's recent performance in Spring 2023.

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