• Chorus

    At Ohio Dominican University, we offer the opportunity to participate in a variety of performing ensembles, music courses, music lessons, and a music minor that allow our students to remain active and excel in music at the collegiate level. Through active participation in University Chorus students can earn academic credit. Additional information can be obtained from the Department of Fine and Communication Arts.

    University Chorus

    The Ohio Dominican University Chorus is a mixed choral ensemble that provides study and experience in a variety of choral literature. The University Chorus sponsors and participates in many special university events such as the President’s Dinner, holiday programs, Baccalaureate and others. At least one formal concert is performed each semester, and outreach performances may be scheduled for the purpose of recruitment and advocacy for ODU. Students interested in the University Chorus must be enrolled at ODU and in MUS 123. The University Chorus rehearses from 4:00 – 6:00 PM every Tuesday and Thursday, with several performances each semester. Interested students must have clear vocal tone, the ability to match pitch, and the capacity to sustain a harmonic line. Auditions for placement may be held during summer orientation, the weekend prior to the start of classes, or by appointment. Scholarships are available to enrolled singers.

    Chapel Choir

    Chapel Choir plays an important role in our liturgical celebrations. The goal of this ensemble is to assist the community in worship. If you have an interest in music or talent for singing or playing an instrument, we invite you to join us. The Chapel Choir rehearses weekly and provides music for the weekend liturgy. Contact Campus Ministry for more information.

    Other Performing Opportunities

    The opportunities for performing are left to the students’ imaginations at ODU. Students may create their own small ensembles such as a vocal jazz ensemble, a cappella group, barbershop quartet, and other styles. The students are also able to take private lessons and give a recital on any instrument with the consent of the approved instructor.

  • Chorus FAQs

    Are there scholarships available?
    Yes, if the student is registered in MUS 123, then that student may be eligible for a financial aid grant. Please note, that once this institutional grant is applied, it may change your eligibility for other monies in your financial aid package, so you may or may not see a reduction in your tuition responsibilities.

    I participated in my church or high school choir, but I still can’t read music. Can I still participate?
    Yes, singers of all reading levels are welcome. Reading instructions will be taught within the course.

    I haven't participated in a choir before, but I love to sing. Can I still participate?
    Yes, singers who possess the ability to match pitch and create clear vocal tone will be able to participate in the program.

    Is there an audition involved?
    Currently, there is no audition for enrollment in the chorus; however, there will be an audition at the start of each semester to evaluate skill level and establish vocal placement within the ensemble. If the director determines that your ears are not ready for the challenges of choral singing, individual lessons can be arranged.

    My class/work schedule conflicts with rehearsals. Can I still participate?
    Choral singing is a group activity, so it is critical that all members are able to rehearse as a team. Conflicting schedules are discussed on an individual basis. Please contact the director.

    Are there music classes available?
    Yes, we currently offer a minor in music that is available to students majoring in any field at ODU.

    What other performance opportunities are available?
    Depending on the size and ability of the groups, there will be opportunities to sing at other community and diocesan events from local charities to professional conferences. Some of the groups may even tour to promote the university at high schools and to recruit prospective students.