Choral Studies

Dr. Eric Nelson, Director

The Emory choirs represent long-standing traditions in the Emory community, with performances including the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, solo concerts including a variety of choral repertoire, masterworks with the symphony orchestra, and joint concerts with Emory's a cappella groups. The Emory Concert Choir has been featured in national ACDA conventions and tours internationally. The ensembles offer students the opportunity to grow as musicians, perform at the highest caliber, and to form close-knit bonds with others in the Emory community.

U Chorus-Lessons and Carols

University Chorus

Open by audition to all Emory University students as well as to members of the Emory community, the University Chorus holds a unique place in Emory life. Music majors and non-majors, undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff, parents and their children, workers and retirees, alumni and neighbors, all come together to rehearse each Monday night, united by their common love of singing. The chorus regularly collaborates with the Department of Music’s instrumental ensembles, including the Emory Wind Ensemble and the Emory University Symphony Orchestra. The chorus also takes part in the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, which is based on the traditional service at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England, and is one of Emory’s oldest traditions.

Audition Information
  • Spring semester audtion will take place on Thursday, January 12th and Thursday, January 19th from 7:00-10:00 pm.
  • Where are the auditions?
    Come to the hallway outside of 301 Schwartz - and you will be directed to your audition (no need to sign up for a time).
  • Do I have to audition?
    All singers need to audition to determine their voice-part. 
  • What is the audition like? 
    A brief, 5-minute check of your range, voice quality and ability to read music.
  • Do I need to prepare anything? 
    No. We will ask you to sing simple scales, and do some basic sightreading.
  • Rehearsals:
    M, 7:30-9:30 p.m., MAX: 150

Concert Choir

Concert Choir

The Emory Concert Choir is a select forty-voice chamber choir. The ensemble has sung at both the Southern and National Conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. The Emory Concert Choir has performed at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City, St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, the Berlinerdom in Berlin, the Vatican in Rome, and St. Nicholas Church in Prague, and will go on their next European tour in the summer of 2017. The choir sings a wide variety of sacred and secular repertoire from the Middle Ages to the present, from chant to folk song. Recent performances have included the Vivaldi Gloria, the Bach Magnificat, Dove’s Seek Him Who Maketh the Seven Stars, and Whitacre’s Cloudburst. For more information about the Emory Concert Choir, visit their website here.

Questions? Email Samantha Frischling, Concert Choir President, at or Eric Newell, Concert Choir Vice President, at

Upcoming Concerts

(all concerts take place at Emerson Hall in the Schwart Center unless noted otherwise)

FALL CONCERT: Saturday, October 15, 8:00pm, 
Concert Choir and University Chorus

LESSONS AND CAROLS: Friday, December 2, 8:00pm and Saturday, December 3, 4:00pm and 8:00pm
Concert Choir and University Chorus
Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church

THREE CHOIRS FESTIVAL: Thursday, March 23, 7:00pm
Emory University, University of Georgia, and Georgia State Choirs
United Methodist Church, Peachtree Road

BARE NAKED VOICES: Thursday, March 30, 7:00pm
Concert Choir

HANDEL'S MESSIAH: Friday, April 14, 8:00pm and Saturday, April 15, 8:00pm
Concert Choir, University Chorus, Emory Symphony Orchestra

SPRING CONCERT: Sunday, April 23, 7:00pm
Concert Choir


The Emory Mastersingers are a select subset of the Emory Concert Choir. It is Emory’s smallest chamber choir and the primary training medium for the students pursuing their master’s degrees in choral conducting. The name “Mastersingers” also evokes the Meistersingers, musical guilds that originated in Western Germany in the fourteenth century.