MUSA190-18W (C) Whole Year 2018

Chamber Choir 1

15 points
19 Feb 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


This course develops sophisticated choral singing skills, good rehearsal techniques and discipline, and diction in English and other languages. Public performances are a part of this course.

The course is involvement with the UC School of Music choir, Consortia. This season, the ensemble will present four major concert events that will be outlined in a precise performance and rehearsal schedule communicated to the ensemble throughout the year. Through these concert repertoire commitments, the course expects you to attend rehearsals and prepare the chosen repertoire both at rehearsal and between rehearsals, as one would in any professional ensemble of the calibre and ambition of Consortia. In addition to exploring conventional choral and singing approaches, the course will introduce you to a number of contemporary music techniques and related singing skills.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students who pass this course will be able to:
  • Technical and ensemble performance skills in a choir;
  • An expanded understanding of the voice’s capacity;
  • Knowledge of repertoire for voices with, and without, instrumentalists;
  • Public performing skills, including theatrical presentation: an enhanced engagement with one’s community – within the varied makeup of the choir, with other particularly instrumental musicians, and with its audiences.
  • Transferable skills: Setting and achieving goals within a collective experience, time management, preparation skills, performance skills, persistence, self-motivation, connection to community.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


Entry by audition, approval of the Head of School.


MUSI 192

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 18:00 - 20:00 Arts Centre G15 Recital Room 19 Feb - 1 Apr
23 Apr - 3 Jun
16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct

Timetable Note

Student workload (150 hours) will be allocated to:
• 48 hours attending standard weekly rehearsals (Thursday 6:30-8:30)
• 52 hours attending additional weekend, dress, and staging rehearsals
• 50 hours individual preparation and performances

Course Coordinator

Mark Menzies


Susan Cutforth


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Repertoire Review Test 1 10% Semester 1
Repertoire Review Test 2 10% Semester 2
Participation and Performances 80% For Semester 1 & Semester 2

Much of the course’s assessment is as it would be in an equivalent professional ensemble: once you have passed the audition and are admitted to the ensemble, it is expected you prepare the repertoire both through attending rehearsals (and if you have to miss a rehearsal, to let the conductor know of your absence in a timely manner) and looking at the material between rehearsals. In a choir of this size and intensity, there is nowhere to ‘hide’ in terms of being unprepared etc, so there are no further singing ‘tests’ as part of the course.

At the end of the first semester, after the second concert is over in May, there will be a brief repertoire and review test given in an interview format: the course coordinator will meet with you and you are expected to give a brief (up to 10 minute) overview of the repertoire just presented, and you’ll be asked some questions related to this, and the rehearsal process. This is worth 10% of the final grade.

This will be repeated after the final concert of the year.
It is appropriate with an ensemble course with the professional-level aspirations of Consortia, to grade your performance in the ensemble based on what you contributed, rather than evaluate an individual sense of accomplishment. This means, in practical terms, that non-participation in a performance removes a grade-level (A becomes a B etc).

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $834.00

International fee $3,600.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts.

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