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University Chorus

Comprised of students, staff, and faculty of the University of California at Davis and members of the community at large, the UC Davis University Chorus has approximately 100 members and presents concerts of both a cappella and accompanied works of considerable variety ranging from the Baroque to the 21st century.

Twice each academic year, it joins with the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra to perform large-scale works, often including guest vocal soloists. Performances are held on the Davis campus in Jackson Hall of the Mondavi Center.

Jeffrey Thomas is the conductor. 

How to Join

We rehearse on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:10pm to 6:00pm with occasional and extra meeting times for rehearsals with orchestra.

Auditions for University Chorus are held at the beginning of the Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters, usually on the day before classes begin.

The audition will consist of singing scales and some sight-reading.

Following a successful audition, applicants will be notified of their admission by an email which will contain registration information including the CRN. Registration for course credit may be carried out at that time.

Alumni Chorus

Founded in 2002 by Jeffrey Thomas in order to extend an invitation to alumni of the UC Davis choral programs to join the University Chorus in their inaugural performance in the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, the Alumni Chorus has evolved into an integral part of the concert seasons of the Department of Music. Works performed in recent years include the Requiems by Mozart, Brahms, and Verdi; Berlioz's Te Deum; Mahler's Second Symphony; and Orff's Carmina Burana. Meeting over the course of one long weekend per year, the reunions have brought joy to the participants and have served as a means for alumni to reconnect with previous friends and professors.

Haydn: Creation

Suzanne Karpov

Suzanne Karpov


"The star of the performance was soprano Suzanne Karpov, whose angelic voice filled the hall." - New York Concert Review

Nils Brown

Nils Brown


"impeccable delivery … maintained an irreproachable balance between passion and restraint" - The Washington Post

Jeffrey Thomas

Thomas Meglioranza


"He is a singer of forthright clarity, his voice powerful and resonant.” - The Boston Globe

University Chorus & Symphony Orchestra perform
Carmina Burana

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