Any UNM student, regardless of major, can join a choral ensemble. Whatever your background or level of musical experience, the UNM Choral program has a place that is right for you.
Choral Ensemble Placements
The Choral Ensemble Placements are brief (8-minute) and non-intimidating meetings. A conductor will guide you through a simple process to determine your level of comfort with various aspects of choral singing, and discuss your background, experience, and goals for singing in a choir at UNM. We work hard to create a welcoming environment during this process and invite you to bring your passion and talents to the UNM Choirs!
For more information about the placement process or to sign up for a placement meeting, visit our Ensemble Placement Webpage.
For all other questions, contact Dr. David Edmonds, Director of Choral Studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNM’s tenor-bass chorus is open to students of all majors and sings a broad range of repertoire in different styles, genres and languages, and regularly performs for events both on and off campus. A Choral Ensemble Placement is required to join the group.
Members of Las Cantantes, UNM’s Women’s Ensemble, come from all areas of campus. Recent performance highlights include touring to New York City; working with music legends Dave Brubeck, Alice Parker, Morten Lauridsen and Andrew Carter; in recent years making 3 recordings with the Raven CD label which have all received favorable reviews in The American Organist, The Diapason, and The American Record Guide; and broadcasts on National Public Radio (NPR) stations across the country. Dr. Maxine Thevenot is the director of this ensemble. A Choral Ensemble Placement is required and participation is open to all students regardless of major.
Founded in the 1920’s, the University Chorus boasts a nearly one hundred-year tradition of music making in Albuquerque. The choir regularly collaborates with the UNM Symphony Orchestra and other instrumental ensembles to present masterworks from the choral-orchestral literature. Following the model of the “town and gown” ensemble, the University Chorus is comprised of a diverse mix of students, faculty, staff, and community members of all ages and backgrounds. The University Chorus is a self-selected group, requiring no choral ensemble placement. Dr. David Edmonds conducts this choir.
The UNM Concert Choir is the Department of Music’s premier mixed choral ensemble. This group has been recognized across the state and region for performances of the highest artistic caliber. Open to all students regardless of major, the Concert Choir includes the most advanced singers on campus and regularly collaborates with other choral and instrumental ensembles to present masterworks of the choral literature. A Choral Ensemble Placement and callback rehearsal is required for membership. Dr. David Edmonds conducts this choir.