Why Choose Choral Activities at Southern Miss?
- Southern Miss offers masters and doctoral degrees in choral conducting.
- Job placement in full-time academic and sacred settings is over 95%.
- Assistantships and other financial aid are available to those accepted in the program.
- Podium time is deemed important for conductors and is achieved with several ensembles.
- Our mission includes orchestral opportunities.
- The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (EPCC) in Tallinn, faculty members at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki (Finland), the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Choir School at Madeleine Cathedral in Salt Lake City, the Latvian Radio Choir in Riga, and the Saint Petersburg Chamber Choir (Russia).
- In addition, the conducting studio attended Laulupidu (Five-year Estonian Song Celebration) in 2014, also in Tallinn.
- Workshops have focused on conductors, composers, choral singers, repertoire, research, culture, and organizational administration. Multiple face-to-face meetings have occurred with Arvo Pärt, Tõnu Kõrvits, Daniel Reuss, members of the EPCC, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Tõnu Kaljuste, Länsiö Tapani, Matti Höykki, Kaspars Putninš, Galina Grigorjeva, Veljo Tormis, Aarne Saluveer, Mack Wilberg, Gregory Glenn, members of the St. Petersburg Chamber Choir and Nicolai Kornev
- The Hattiesburg Choral Union: Performs choral-orchestral masterworks from the High Baroque to newly-composed, commissioned works. In 2010, the group premiered An American Requiem by Edwin Penhorwood. Part of this premiere included a performance in Carnegie Hall. Other significant performances include Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, Saint-Säens Requiem, John Rutter’s Gloria, and the Mozart Coronation Mass. The Union includes ensembles from Southern Miss and the community. To be a community participant, join the Union to rehearse on Monday evenings at the University.
- The Southern Chorale: The premier choral ensemble at Southern Miss, has a long history of excellence. It is comprised primarily of upper-division voice majors and graduate students studying conducting, vocal performance, and music education, but does include outstanding singers from other campus disciplines. he group has appeared numerous times at ACDA conferences, including national conventions in Chicago and Los Angeles. The ensemble maintains an active tour schedule both nationally and internationally. Most recently, The Southern Chorale completed an extensive tour of the West Indies and Jamaica. Other significant endeavors have included a residency in the Loire Valley of France, a featured performance in Carnegie Hall for Katrina relief and one for the partial premiere of An American Requiem by Edwin Penhorwood, and recording projects on Handel’sDixit Dominus, the Messe Pour Double Choeur, and the Sacred Music of resident composer Luigi Zaninelli. The group is currently working on a recording project that will feature the music of Laurel, Mississippi native, James Quitman Mulholland. The Chorale performs the complete spectrum of significant choral literature for a cappella and accompanied chorus. Opportunities to sing with orchestra occur on a regular basis. Rehearsals are held five times a week.
- The Concert Choir: Comprised of approximately 60 voices, is filled with mostly undergraduate music majors and many other talented students from various fields of study. The ensemble performs several concerts in the Hattiesburg region annually and also tours regionally on a yearly basis to high schools. The Concert Choir has been selected by blind audition to perform at the Mississippi American Choral Directors Association/Mississippi Music Educators Association State Conference in both 2010, 2019, and 2022 as well as the Louisiana ACDA Fall Vocal Conference in 2019. The ensemble performs diverse repertoire from various musical periods. Opportunities to sing with orchestra occur on a regular basis. Rehearsals are held five times a week.
- University Treble Chorus
- Southern Miss Chamber Singers: Serves as an elective lab choir for graduate students in choral conducting and provides an opportunity for students to experience choral and vocal music in a chamber setting. It also serves as an opportunity for undergraduate music majors to learn from students seeking advanced conducting degrees. The repertoire is vast and primarily a cappella. This group generally meets for rehearsal two times per week and performs three to four times in the school year.
- Spirit of Southern: SOS is the premier pop a cappella ensemble at The University of Southern Mississippi. The group performs at a variety of university and community events in and around the Hattiesburg area and serves as one of the primary recruitment arms of Choral Activities. The students in this group range from all undergraduate levels of study and come from various academic fields. They have been honored with invitations to perform at Mississippi ACDA/Mississippi Music Educators Association state conferences and the Southern Region Conference of the American Choral Directors Association.
- The Southern Miss Gulf Coast Civic Chorale: The group invites community members and Southern Miss students to participate in this dynamic choral ensemble. Rehearsals are Tuesday nights in Fleming Auditorium on USM's Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach. The Civic Chorale gives several performances each season along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, including masterwork concerts accompanied by chamber orchestra. In its nearly 30-year presence on the coast, the Civic Chorale is proud to have brought high-level choral singing and opportunities to the coastal communities. Significant performances include taking part in the Carnegie premieres of The Seven Last Words of Christ by Richard Burchard and An American Requiem by Edwin Penhorwood. Additionally, the ensemble performed a Hurricane Katrina Anniversary concert that included such dignitaries as Governor Haley Barbour and the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano.
- The Southern Miss Gulf Coast Youth Chorale: A new youth chorus for students entering grades 10 through 12 open to all public,
private, and homeschool students located along the coast. Rehearsals will take place
every Tuesday evening from 6:30-8:30PM at the USM Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach,
MS at Fleming Auditorium. Students will have the opportunity to sing challenging choral
literature and connect with other musicians along the gulf coast. Performances will
take place at numerous beautiful acoustical spaces including performing arts centers,
cathedrals and churches in Biloxi, Long Beach, and more. Students will perform concerts
in collaboration with the Gulf Coast Civic Chorale.
- Oratorio Chorus
The Southern Invitational Choral Conference (SICC)
The annual Southern Invitational Choral Conference (SICC) at Southern Miss provides students the opportunity to take part in intense rehearsals and high-quality performances while meeting fellow musicians from all over the Southeast. Also, at SICC, students had the opportunity to audition for choral scholarships at Southern Miss, and teachers can earn continuing education units (CEUs) by attending various sessions.
September 18-19, 2023
The 20th Year of the Southern Invitational Choral Conference at Southern Miss will feature clinicians Jeffrey Murdock and Brandon Williams.