University Chorus

The largest performance ensemble at SF State, the University Chorus presents major choral works both on its own accord and in collaboration with the SF State Orchestra.


The SF State University Chorus, numbering nearly 100 singers, is an audition ensemble comprised of students, faculty, and staff from across the SF State campus, as well as other members of the San Francisco community. Repertoire represents all style periods, from Renaissance works to contemporary compositions.

Under the direction of Professor Xiques, the chorus has performed, among other works, Finzi’s Magnificat, Bach’s Cantata 98, Orff’s Carmina Burana, selected movements from Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Haydn’s Creation, Requiem by Faure, Mozart’s Regina Coeli, Thompson’s Alleluia and Poulenc’s Gloria.

In 2011, the women of University Chorus made their Davies Symphony Hall debut when they performed with the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra in performances of Gustav Holst’s The Planets under conductor Donato Cabrera. University Chorus performed again with Maestro Cabrera in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the California Symphony in at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore and The Lesher Center in Walnut Creek in May, 2012.


Auditions will take place on the first three days of the semester. You can sign up for an audition time on the choral bulletin board outside of room 146 in the Creative Arts Building. There is nothing to prepare for the audition. Professor Xiques will run you through a couple of vocal exercises and may ask to hear you sight-read a melody. If you choose, you may sign up for the course before the audition and drop it later if needed.

You should not attend the first class meeting because auditions for returning students will be occurring at that time.

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