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Choral Ensembles FAQ

I want to join a USC Choral Ensemble. What do I do?
Fill out the Choral interest form for more information, or if you're ready to join:

  • University Chorus is open to all students without audition. Just register as you would any other class.

  • Concert Choir and Carolina Alive require auditions. Call (803) 777-5369 to schedule an audition. 
  • USC Gospel Choir is open to students by contacting the director or attending a rehearsal.
  • Graduate Vocal Ensemble is open to graduate choral conducting majors, interested graduate voice majors, advanced undergraduate singers, and other interested students by permission of the director of Choral Studies.
  • Men’s Chorus is open to all tenors and basses without an audition. Register for MUSC 128.

How much time is required to participate in ensembles? 


  • Concert Choir meets 4.5 hours per week and tours during the weekend before Thanksgiving and sometimes during spring break. Foreign tours occur during the break between semesters or during spring break.
  • University Chorus meets 4.5 hours per week
  • Carolina Alive has three 50-minute rehearsals per week
  • Graduate Vocal Ensemble rehearses 2.5 hours per week
  • Chamber Singers rehearse 2 hours per week. 


  • USC Gospel Choir rehearses once per week.
  • Men’s Chorus meets for 2.5 hours per week.

What does it cost to participate in an ensemble? 

Students in University Chorus and Concert Choir are asked to provide their performance attire, a prescribed black dress for women and a tuxedo for men. Special group prices are available for these and prior-owned dresses are usually available. The University Chorus and Concert Choir require the same dress so that students moving from University Chorus to Concert Choir do not have to buy a second outfit.

What expenses are incurred for touring?
Tours in the United States require little or no cost from students other than meals. Tours abroad, though partially subsidized by the University, require students to pay a portion of the cost. Tours are not mandatory but students are asked to make a commitment early. Donors sometimes help students in need with expenses.

Do non-music majors sing in choral ensembles?

Yes! In fact even our most select ensembles are approximately 25% non-music majors. Overall about 35% of our participants are nonmusic majors.