MUSA290-20W (C) Whole Year 2020

Chamber Choir 2

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 13 March 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 21 August 2020


This course builds on MUSA 190, expanding development of sophisticated choral singing skills and good rehearsal techniques, and performing in public.

The course is involvement with the UC School of Music choir, Consortia, which rehearses every Thursday evening, 6:30pm-8:45pm. This season, the ensemble will present three 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 have developed:

  • Growing technical and ensemble performance skills in a choir;
  • An enhanced understanding of the voice’s capacity;
  • An  Public performing skills, including theatrical presentation: an enhanced engagement with one’s community – within the varied makeup of the choir, and 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:

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.


MUSA190 and subject to approval of the Head of School.

Timetable Note

• 50 hours attending standard weekly rehearsals (Thursday 6:30-8:30)
• 18 hours attending additional dress, and extra rehearsals; performances
• 82 hours individual preparation

Course Coordinator

Mark Menzies


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

The choir’s schedule involves three performances: Saturday May 18th; Saturday August 10th; Saturday October 19th. These performance dates could be subject to change.
On May 23rd (at the normal meeting time of the course – 6:30pm) 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 rehearsed for the first semester, and where 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 on Thursday October 24th.

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).

Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $867.00

International fee $4,000.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts .

All MUSA290 Occurrences

  • MUSA290-20W (C) Whole Year 2020