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University Singers

Come join the UWindsor Choirs

We have an ensemble that will welcome your abilities and experience.
 
MUSP-2100 University Singers (Membership through placement audition)  Audition Information
  • Mixed choir, 75-85 members
  • Rehearsals on Tuesdays and Thursday from 2:30-3:50pm
  • Rehearsals begin on Thursday, September 5, 2019

Performance of literature of various styles from all periods. (Normally 4 hours a week.) (May be repeated for credit.) (1.50 credit hour course.)  Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:30-3:50 pm. SoCA Armouries, Rehearsal Hall, AM B22

 

All rehearsals meet in Armouries B-22.

 

Background:

The University Singers (MUSP-2100) is the oldest and largest musical ensemble on campus, with a membership of 70 - 80 singers each semester under the direction of Dr. Bruce Kotowich. We welcome members from all segments of the campus who can pass a minimal audition. As do all our ensembles, the University Singers carries a half course credit which is repeatable for several semesters, and is a graded course. Thus, it makes an attractive Arts option for those who need such a credit.

The choir usually performs two or three times per year, including (in many years) an appearance with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra.  In April 1997, they were one of two choirs who joined the WSO to give two performances of Mendelssohn's landmark oratorio, Elijah. In 2007 they joined the WSO and its chorus for a performance of Orff's Carmina Burana. In 2011 and 2017, the University Singers joined the WSO and its chorus for two performances of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9; in 2014, they performed in the WSO's concert performance of the opera Carmen by Bizet; and in March 2015 the University Singers joined the WSO and its chorus in a moving performance of Richard Einhorn's "Voices of Light" that accompanied the silent movie "The Passion of Joan of Arc". The University Singers are also an integral part of "A Festival of Christmas, " the annual Christmas choral concert presented by the University of Windsor School of Creative Arts | Music.

 

 

Dr. Bruce J. G. Kotowich is Director of Choirs at the School of Creative ArtsDr. Bruce J. G. Kotowich, Director of Choirs

Office: SoCA Armouries, room AM 216
email:  bruce.kotowich@uwindsor.ca
Phone: (519) 253-3000 ext. 2794
 
Bruce J. G. Kotowich is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choirs at the University of Windsor where he directs the University of Windsor Chamber Choir and University Singers. In addition to directing these choral ensembles, he teaches conducting. Dr. Kotowich is also the Chorus Master of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Windsor Classic Chorale.
 
Dr. Kotowich completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati where he also received his Master of Music degree. He received his Associateship of Music in Vocal Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, and a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba. He is a recipient of numerous awards and honours including awards from the Canada Arts Council, and the Manitoba Arts Council.
 
He has conducted the Manitoba Provincial Senior High Honour Choir, Manitoba Provincial Jazz Choir, the South Dakota North Region All-State Choir, the Illinois Music Educators’ Association District 8 Honor Choir and has conducted and judged numerous other festival and conference choirs. Dr. Kotowich has presented at the Iowa Choral Directors’ Association Summer Conference, the National Convention of the American Choral Directors’ Association (Dallas 2013 and Salt Lake City 2015), North Central ACDA Regional Conferences, and the NDSU Symposium: Music of the Americas. Dr. Kotowich is published in the Choral Research Memorandum Series through Chorus America, and is the editor of a choral music series for Alliance Publishing. He has toured throughout North America, Europe and China with his choirs. 
 
 
Updated: June 8, 2020