Choral Music at UCI
Bright Past. Brilliant Future. This slogan, which celebrates UCI’s 50th anniversary, applies equally well to UCI’s choral program—and to its place in the Southern California choral tradition. Founded by legendary conductor Roger Wagner, UCI’s choral program was directed in later years by choral luminaries including Maurice Allard and William Hall. From 1977 to 2014, the program was directed by Joseph Huszti, who trained generations of choral leaders and who led UCI’s choral ensembles to success at international competitions around the world. Following an interim year, during which the program was led by Lauren Schaer, the program is now directed by Seth Houston.
Under Houston’s leadership, the choral program at UCI strives to be:
A rigorous choral program that trains UCI students in the great traditions and emerging trends in choral music
A creative community that imagines, through its musical work and collaborations, new directions in human expression through the choral arts
A nexus for choral excellence and innovation that brings together current UCI students, alumni, students and teachers from area high schools and junior colleges, professional ensembles, and college and university partners from Southern California and around the world.
The program is centered on two choirs, UCI Chamber Singers and UCI Concert Choir, both conducted by Houston. It also supports the work of UCI’s vocal program, including the opera, and UCI’s community choirs, led by current students and alumni.
Highlights for the 2016-2017 year include:
- October 26, 2016. Creo: New Wave in Korean Choral Music.
- December 4, 2016. O Magnum Mysterium.
- March 4, 2017. PSICA Festival.
- April 14, 2017. The Many Voices of Moira Smiley.
- May 6, 2017. UCI Music Showcase Concert.
- May 11-12, 2017. Ned Rorem’s Our Town.
- June 11, 2017. Wet Ink Music for Choir.
Applications for undergraduate admission are due November 30, 2016, with auditions to be held on January 29 and February 4, 2017. For more information on choral opportunities at UCI, please contact Dr. Houston or the music office.