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Fresno State Choral Department

Dr. Cari Earnhart, Director of Choral Activities

The Fresno State Choral Department maintains an active performing profile within the Fresno community and throughout the Central Valley. In addition, it annually hosts a fall choral festival (attracting more than 60 choirs) that has featured conducting luminaries Jerry McCoy, Rodney Eichenberger, Eph Ehly, Jing Ling-Tam, and Z. Randall Stroope.

It also organized the first California Real Men Sing Festival for middle school and high school men, an event that annually fills the concert hall while inspiring similar spin-off events around the state. For more information about the Fresno State Choral Department contact Dr. Cari Earnhart (cearnhart@csufresno.edu).

Fresno State Concert Choir (Music 103CC – M/W 1-2:50 p.m.)

EarnhartDr. Cari Earnhart, Conductor

The Fresno State Concert Choir is an auditioned mixed ensemble of 55-65 singers. Comprised of majors from throughout the university community, it is the premier singing ensemble at Fresno State. Concert Choir maintains an active performing schedule on and off campus presenting four main season concerts each year. The ensemble explores a wide variety of repertoire from a cappella to works with instrumental ensemble or orchestra. While most members are music majors, the ensemble includes excellent singers from across the campus. It provided the singers for the Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses traveling show at the William Saroyan Theatre in November 2016 and the Star Wars in Concert traveling show at the Save Mart Center in June 2010. The ensemble has premiered numerous works, including Kevin Memley’s “Magnificat” and Misuzu McManus’s "Three Japanese Folksongs" (recorded on the Santa Barbara Press Octavos series). In addition to performing throughout the Central Valley, the group appears frequently with the University Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, and the regional professional Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra. Members of the Concert Choir made an appearance in China in cultural events leading up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and they performed in Vienna in 2009, Italy in 2011 and England in 2012. Auditions are open to all students and held each semester. Contact Dr. Cari Earnhart (cearnhart@csufresno.edu) for audition details.

Fresno State Chamber Singers (Music 102CS – T//TH 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.)

Dr. Cari Earnhart, Conductor

The Fresno State Chamber Singers is comprised of 20-24 select musicians from across campus. They perform a wide variety of literature from early music to contemporary selections. Their performances have included the Monteverdi “Vespro Della Beata Vergine” and local and world premieres of contemporary music (e.g. Brad Hufft's "Prologue" in Fall of 2006). The Chamber Singers presents four main season concerts each year. In addition to performing on campus, they make frequent guest appearances at school and community events. Their performance credits include conventions, festivals, and even a guest appearance with country-western star Kenny Rogers. Members of the Chamber Singers have toured Mexico, China, Europe in recent years. In April 2017, the Chamber Singers have been invited to perform at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera. Auditions are open to all students and held each semester. Contact Dr. Cari Earnhart (cearnhart@csufresno.edu) for audition details.

Fresno State Women’s Choir (Music 102WC – T/TH 2-2:50 p.m.)

MasonDr. Emily Mason, Conductor

The Women's Chorus is a non-auditioned performing ensemble that includes members of various majors from across the campus. The group often performs with the Men's Choir. Since many of the singers are music-education majors, attention is paid to literature and teaching techniques that the students may use in their future professions. For more information about joining this ensemble, contact Dr. Emily Mason (emason@csufresno.edu).

Fresno State Men’s Choir (Music 102MC – T/TH 2-2:50 p.m.)

Dr. Emily Mason, Conductor

The Men's Choir is a non-auditioned performing ensemble that includes members of various majors from across the campus. The group often performs with the Women's Chorus. Since many of the singers are music-education majors, attention is paid to literature and teaching techniques that the students may use in their future professions. For more information about joining this ensemble, contact Dr. Emily Mason (emason@csufresno.edu).

Fresno Community Chorus (Music 102CC – Tuesday evenings)

HamreDr. Anna Hamre, Conductor

Master Chorale - Fresno Community Chorus Master Choraleis organized around the study and performance of choral literature appropriate for a large, symphonic choir. It is an auditioned choir; singers in all voice parts may audition ahead of each season.  Returning singers are auditioned by section. 

Coro Piccolo - Members of Coro Piccolo, organized into an auditioned small ensemble, all come from the ranks of the Fresno Community Chorus. This smaller group is used when music calls for reduced forces, and also performs as an independent ensemble. It is expected that the members of the small group have excellent music-reading skills (so that they can learn their music on their own) in addition to possessing strong ensemble voices of excellent blend. For more information contact Dr. Anna Hamre (ahamre@csufresno.edu).

2016-2017 Events

Real Men Sing Festival
September 15-16, 2016
Fresno State Concert Hall

Fresno State Choral Invitational
October 19-21, 2016
Dr. Jerry McCoy, guest clinician
Fresno State Concert Hall

“Personent Hodie” Holiday Concert
featuring the Fresno State Concert Choir and Fresno State Chamber Singers with special guests Bach Children’s Choirs
December 4, 2016 at 2:30p
Fresno State Concert Hall

“Walk in Peace: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King and Black History Month”
TBA - February 2017

“Music of the Americas”
Fresno State Concert Choir and Chamber Singers
March 19, 2017 at 2:30p
Fresno State Concert Hall
 
Fresno State Choir Tour
March 20-22, 2017

Celebration of U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera
Fresno State Chamber Singers
April 26, 2017
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Spring Choral Concert
May 6, 2017 at 8:00p
Fresno State Concert Hall