Music Department - St. Cloud State University

Music Department - St. Cloud State University


We have the highest expectations of students and faculty and are committed to their growth and development.

How to Join

To join a Choir, simply contact Matthew Ferrell, Interim Director of Choral Activities or (320) 308-2260 to set up a time to learn more about the different choral ensembles.

All interested students, whether new or returning, audition for choirs annually. It is always to the student's benefit to sing a prepared solo in an audition for the Concert Choir. Although this is encouraged, it is certainly not required. The audition process is brief and stress-free, and will include:Follow us on Twitter!

  • Brief interview of the singers’ background and interests
  • Range check
  • Prepared solo of the singers’ choice (an art song or a familiar song such as “My Country ‘tis of Thee”)
  • Tonal memory exercise
  • Short sight singing exercise

We have the highest expectations of students and faculty and are committed to their growth and development.

Auditions and voice placements occur in late August and mid-January during the first  few days of each semester.  If you’d like to sign up for an audition or would like more information about the choirs please contact Dr. Matthew Ferrell at

Students should register for the choir of their choice and then go through the audition process. Students will be placed in the appropriate choir during the first week of classes. Altering ones class schedule during the first week of the semester is not uncommon, however if a student wishes advanced advice as to which choir is most appropriate, the conductors, if available, will be happy to meet with the student and offer suggestions.





How to Join
a Choir




Voice Scholarships

The Choral Program has a number of scholarships established to assist students who are choral music education or vocal performance majors. Auditions for scholarships are generally held in mid February, with other times arranged as necessary. More information on voice scholarships

Dr. Marion Judish, Scholarship Committee Chair / (320) 308-3289

Private Voice LessonsA Choir for Every Voice

Private voice instruction and courses in diction and vocal pedagogy are provided at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Voice instructors Dr. Hugh Given and Dr. Catherine Verrilli maintain active careers as performers in addition to their teaching and involvement in opera theater productions.

All students, regardless of major, may take private voice lessons. Students will be strongly encouraged to participate in an SCSU choral ensemble concurrent with private lessons.  In addition, all lesson and ensemble credits count toward the Humanities general education distribution area for non-music majors. An application for private lessons may be submitted to the music department at any time. Private lesson application (pdf 33.9k)

Matthew Ferrell
Concert Choir &
Chamber Singers


Mary Jo Bot

Women's Choir

Dr. Catherine Verrilli

Voice/Vocal Pedagogy

Dr. Hugh Givens


Steven Hoemberg
Men's Choir

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