The Choral Audition is a process that consists of a variety of exercises that will help us assess which ensemble suits a chorister the best. The process consists of warm-up, melodic and rhythmic sight reading excerpts, and pitch matching exercises. Each singer we hear will be placed in a choir in which they will be most successful.
Dr. Regina Carlow leads UMM’s all-male chorus Dolce Suono. This ensemble includes music majors and minors, as well as interested singers from throughout the UNM campus. The group sings a broad range of repertoire in different languages. A Choral Audition is required, and is open to all students.
Las Cantantes, UNM’s Womens’ Ensemble, is a highly select group of 25-30 women who come from all areas of the Albuquerque campus. They perform masterpieces of the treble voice repertoire and sing acapella, with different types of instrumental ensembles. Highlights include touring in 2009, 2012, 2014 to New York City; working with music legends like Dave Brubeck, Alice Parker, Morten Lauridsen, and Andrew Carter; in recent years making 3 recordings with the RavenCD label which have all received favorable reviews in The American Organist, The Diapason, and The American Record Guide; broadcast on Nation Public Radio (NPR) stations across the country. Dr. Maxine Thevenot is the director of this ensemble, since 2007.
This ensemble studies, rehearses, and performs the finest literature written for treble voices. The ensemble has performed in many beautiful spaces such as the Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, the UNM Alumni Chapel and the Cathedral of St. John in Albuquerque, and St. Ignatius Loyola, the Cathedral of the Incarnation, Trinity Wall Street, and Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York City. A Choral Audition is required, and is open to all students.
The University Chorus is the ensemble with the longest continuous history at UNM, dating back to at least the mid-1920’s. Being one of the largest choral groups in Albuquerque, the chorus enjoys a merited reputation of providing the community with fine performances. Since its beginning, the group has functioned as a “town and gown” oratorio society. With approximately 120 singers, University Chorus is conformed by a diverse mix of students, faculty, staff, and community members of all ages and backgrounds. The University Chorus is a non-auditioned group which performs important works of the choral literature.
Professor Hernández is also the conductor of Concert Choir, a highly select SATB ensemble of approximately 40 singers, specializing in the study, preparation, and performance of the outstanding choral literature from all periods of music history. A Choral Audition required, and is open to music majors, non-music majors, undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff.
The Chamber Singers
The Chamber Singers were formed in 2014 as an elite sixteen-member auditioned group of students, mostly graduate and undergraduate performance majors. All students in this ensemble receive scholarships for their participation. This group serves as the core group for the Graduate Choral Conducting recitals. This ensemble is directed by Dr. Kristin Ditlow. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Ditlow at email@example.com