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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. works by Dr. Benjamin Boone, Dr. Kenneth Froelich and Brad Hufft's "Prologue" in Fall of 2006).

The Chamber Singers present 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 were 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 at the beginning of each semester. Contact Dr. Cari Earnhart (cearnhart@csufresno.edu) for audition details.

University Singers (Music 117CM)

MasonDr. Emily Mason, Conductor

University Singers is a mixed choral ensemble that includes students of various majors from all across the Fresno State campus and is perfect for both music majors and non-majors.

The ensemble performs 1-2 times each semester and is organized around the study and performance of choral literature and vocal techniques appropriate for a beginning college-level choir.

For more information about joining this ensemble, contact Dr. Emily Mason (emason@csufresno.edu) or Dr. Cari Earnhart (cearnhart@csufresno.edu).

Fresno Community Chorus (Music 102CC – Tuesday 7-9:50 p.m.)

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).

Upcoming Events of the 2017-18 Season

Real Men Sing Choral Festival

  • September 14-15, 2017, Fresno State Concert Hall
  • September 14 – Middle School Men’s Festival
  • September 15 – High School Men’s Festival

Clinician Dr. Robert J. Ward, Director of Choral Activities at the Ohio State University.

*For more information our festivals contact Dr. Cari Earnhart (cearnhart@csufresno.edu).

Fresno State Invitational Choral Festival  

  • October 25-27, 2017, Fresno State Concert Hall
  • Oct. 25 at 7:00pm – Command Performance Night
  • Oct. 26 at 7:00pm – College Choir Night

Clinician Dr. Pam Elrod Huffman, Director of Choral Activities, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University.

Guest Adjudicator Lori Marie Rios, Choral Director, College of the Canyons.

*For more information our festivals contact Dr. Cari Earnhart (cearnhart@csufresno.edu).

Fall Choral Concert

  • October 29, 2017, 2:30pm, Fresno State Concert Hall

Holiday Concert

  • December 3, 2017, 2:30pm, Fresno State Concert Hall

Black History Month/MLK Concert

  • Feb. 9, 2018 7:30pm, Fresno State Concert Hall

Spring Concert

  • March 12, 2018, 7:30pm, Fresno State Concert Hall

Concert

  • May 6, 2018, 2:30pm, Fresno State Concert Hall