UMD Sings!

University of Minnesota Duluth

University Singers, Chamber Singers, Concert Chorale, Vocal Jazz, Opera

Join a choir at UMD

Students of any major can join a choir or enroll in voice lessons!

Students who enroll in these courses receive Fine Arts credit towards fulfillment of the Liberal Education requirement.

If you sang in your high school or community choir, consider continuing at UMD! We have a great singing community and want you to be a part of it.

Whether you like traditional or popular styles, whether you are a veteran singer or new to choir - there is a vocal experience at UMD that you will enjoy.

If you are interested in any choir, please go ahead and register for your preferred ensemble!

Click on the options below for specific requirements for each choir.

University Singers

About University Singers

Directed by Dr. Richard Robbins, University Singers is UMD's premier auditioned large choir. This award-winning choir performs several concerts a year, and have performed for regional conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and the Minnesota Music Educators Association.


Students must audition to participate in University Singers. Students of any major may join this choir. You may register before you complete your audition.

To audition for University Singers:

  1. Register for University Singers (MU1511 1 credit; rehearses M-W 3:20-4:30, T-Th 3:00-4:10)

  2. Complete the audition information form (click here)

  3. Sign up for an interview time (link will be posted here later this semester. Auditions for fall are held in August, and spring auditions are completed in December and January)

At your interview, you may be asked about your musical experience, or to sight-read a short piece of music.

New students are asked to submit a short excerpt of an art song, hymn, or choral piece of your choice (1 minute maximum). A piece sung for voice lessons or solo/all-state auditions is a good option. If you don't have a song, suggestions are found here.

A two-semester commitment is expected upon accepting membership in University Singers, unless you are graduating or student teaching. If you have a schedule conflict, please let Dr. Robbins know at your audition.

NOTE: Students who are not accepted into University Singers will be asked to change their registration to Concert Chorale

Questions: contact Dr. Robbins at

Concert Chorale

Concert Chorale is a large, non-auditioned choir dedicated to the rehearsal and performance of music from a variety of cultures and historical periods. No audition required! To participate, simply register for MU 1510 and attend rehearsals. The singers of CC come from most every academic major and year in school, first years through seniors.

Concert Chorale typically performs twice each semester in the Weber Music Hall, including in the popular December Sounds of the Season and often in the choral masterworks concert presented with the University Singers and UMD Symphony Orchestra.

To participate, register for MU 1510 or email director Dr. Ryan Deignan at with questions.

Sing with us!

Chamber Singers

Chamber Singers (MU1512, 1 credit, rehearses M W 2:00-3:15) performs unaccompanied historical and contemporary music for smaller ensembles.

Members of Chamber Singers are selected from University Singers, most often music majors or minors.

The director of Chamber Singers is Dr. Richard Robbins.

Questions: contact Dr. Robbins (

Vocal Jazz


Membership in the UMD vocal jazz ensembles is open by audition to all UMD students regardless of major or year in school. All are welcome! If you enjoy singing: 1) jazz, latin, funk, rock, pop and other contemporary genres, 2) challenging harmonies, and 3) on mics in small groups, then consider auditioning. If you have never sung jazz, no worries - auditions are about effort and potential, not perfection!


Lake Effect (MU 1513-001, one credit) meets Monday and Wednesday 6:20-7:50 pm

Chill Factor (MU 1513-002, one credit) meets Tuesday and Thursday 5:00-6:30 pm

Students who audition in August are invited to participate for the full year, though ensemble placement may change. Auditions will also occur in November for new singers who wish to join for the spring semester. The same audition process is used for both ensembles.

To Audition:

  • Register for either Lake Effect or Chill Factor (see above).

  • Complete the information form found HERE.

  • Record audition video/s. Audition requirements found HERE.

  • Email your audition video/s to Dr. Deignan, at by Friday, August 28 at 11:59 pm.

  • Note: there will be no recalls this year.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Deignan! Email:

Opera Studio

The University of Minnesota Duluth Opera Studio serves both the graduate and undergraduate vocal studies majors and other qualified singers. The Opera Studio presents two major performances a year – an opera scenes program and a full-length opera. Scenes and operas are chosen to fit the students' abilities with an emphasis on developing stage and acting skills.

Past productions have included standard classical and more adventurous contemporary repertoire including operas such as Die Fledermaus, Street Scene, and The Magic Flute.

If you are interested in opera, contact Alice Pierce.

Voice Lessons

Did you know: students of any major can sign-up for non-major voice lessons!

Contact Rachel Inselman for more information:

Contact Us

Dr. Richard Robbins, director of choral activities, University Singers, Chamber Singers (

Dr. Ryan Deignan, Concert Chorale and Vocal Jazz (

Prof. Rachel Inselman, chair of voice area (

Alice Pierce, opera (

COVID-19 Updates

Accommodations for 2021-22 will be announced based on communication with the university. Currently, classes at UMD are to be held in person for 2021-22. All choirs were able to perform safely last year.

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