Choral Ensembles

The UNLV Choral Ensembles enjoy a reputation for excellent performances throughout the southwest and beyond. Under the direction of conductors David Weiller and Joseph Svendsen, the choirs (UNLV Singers, Chamber Chorale, University Chorale, Scarlet Tones, and Las Vegas Master Singers) present several concerts annually on the university campus and in the greater Las Vegas community. The choirs sing a wide variety of musical styles and genres, encompassing sacred and secular repertoire, music of non-western traditions, contemporary a cappella, and major works with orchestra. Annual concert tours encompass Nevada, California, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and Washington, while special itineraries bring the singers to Hawaii, New York, Mexico, Canada, and Europe.

The choirs’ rich history includes singing with the world-renowned Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, a massed choir performance in New York City’s Carnegie Hall, concerts with the Mexico National Symphony in Mexico City, and frequent appearances with the Las Vegas Philharmonic. The university choirs appear in fully staged productions with UNLV Opera Theater and also present concerts of classic musical theatre and operetta highlights.The choirs have performed by invitation for conferences of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses.

The UNLV Division of Choral Studies sponsors an active student chapter of the American Choral Directors Association that supports choral music and special student projects on campus. The chapter has hosted the ACDA Western Division Student Symposium numerous times on the UNLV campus.

[Singing the Mozart Requiem] was like seeing color for the first time, and I was regularly moved to tears during rehearsals, crushed by the impossible beauty of the work. I became a choral geek of the highest magnitude ... and through it all there was David Weiller, ... that one special teacher that ends up changing the entire course of your life.

Eric Whitacre, UNLV Class of 1995; internationally recognized Grammy-winning composer and conductor

The entire performance was glorious, yet disciplined. The orchestra, the soloists, and the choruses performed with unaffected charisma.

Las Vegas Review Journal

The Chamber Chorale’s tone quality, blend, intonation, and diction would be the envy of many a professional choir.

Las Vegas Review Journal

UNLV Singers

The UNLV Singers is an auditioned ensemble of mostly music majors. Students in UNLV Singers focus on building and refining their individual vocal and ensemble skills using a diverse repertoire of choral literature. 95% of students in the ensemble receive private voice instruction from UNLV’s exceptional voice faculty. The ensemble collaborates with the Las Vegas Philharmonic and UNLV Symphony Orchestra every year to present a choral-orchestral masterwork. Recent works include Ein Deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms, Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. In June 2019 the ensemble completed a two-week concert tour of Portugal and Spain.

The 2019-2020 season includes four thematic programs of choral repertoire in October, December, February, and April, a multi day concert tour of California in the Spring semester, several local performances at area schools and concert venues, a performance in collaboration with the UNLV Symphony Orchestra at the 2020 Las Vegas Baroque Festival, and serving as the host choir for the 35th annual Madrigal Festival Invitational and the Desert Rose Choral Festival, both held on UNLV’s campus.

UNLV Singers rehearses Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 1:00-2:15 PM and may be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit (MUSE 108/408/508). Auditions are held the week before the first day of classes each semester and are open to all students of any major. The ensemble is led by Joe Svendsen, PhD.

University Chorale

The University Chorale is a mixed-voice ensemble open to students of all majors and all levels of student, undergraduate through doctoral.

University Chorale presents two concerts per semester: October, December, March, and April. It serves as the host choir for the annual ORIGINS concert, which celebrates the cultural heritage of a specific country and/or identity, including works that advocate for societal awareness and social justice.

University Chorale rehearses Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 AM to 12:50 PM. No audition is required to join the ensemble. Students may enroll in the course for credit (MUSE 107) or join through the UNLV Involvement Center, where the Chorale is a Registered Student Organization (RSO). The ensemble is led by Dr. Minji Kim.

Scarlet Tones

Scarlet Tones is UNLV’s first and flagship collegiate a cappella ensemble. This student-led and faculty-advised group performs diverse and exciting repertoire, often arranged and edited by the singers themselves. Scarlet Tones performs on campus at music and other events and around the community at a variety of functions. The ensemble is a registered student organization, and students of any major may seek membership to audition as a performer or serve as an arranger, technical assistant, or general supporter of the ensemble’s work. For more information about Scarlet Tones, please contact Dr. Joe Svendsen, advisor.

UNLV Chamber Chorale

The UNLV Chamber Chorale has been praised for their "joyous singing, remarkable delicacy and poise, impressive performance and expressive fervor." This advanced ensemble of 20-32 singers performs a wide variety of the finest a cappella repertoire encompassing many periods and styles of music. Chorale performs several times throughout the year and tours in the spring. Recent past performances have included  the annual Invitational Madrigal/Chamber Choir Festival;  “Marvelous Musicals and Opulent Operettas;” concert tours in the southwest; massed choir performances with the Las Vegas Philharmonic; and the traditional Home Concert at the conclusion of the season. Membership in Chamber Chorale is open by audition to undergraduate and graduate music majors and non-music majors. For further information, contact Prof. David Weiller.

Las Vegas Master Singers

The Las Vegas Master Singers are recognized as one of the premiere community choral organizations in southern Nevada. Founded in 1993 by Susan L. Johnson, led to further levels of excellence by Jocelyn K. Jensen from 2002-2015, and currently conducted by David Weiller, this chorus of experienced musicians comes from many walks of life to raise their voices in song. Most members have grown up singing in their high school, university, and church choirs; and they bring their united passion for beautiful singing to every performance. Many hold music degrees and have worked professionally as music educators, organists, pianists, and performers. Moreover, many members are UNLV choral alumni and/or music specialists and choral conductors in the Clark County School District and private schools. The Las Vegas Master Singers present several concerts each year, and they serve as the chorus-in-residence for the Las Vegas Philharmonic at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. The chorus is in its 28th season and is sponsored by the UNLV School of Music. The Las Vegas Master Singers have received funding from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency;which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; and the state of Nevada. For further information, contact Prof. David Weiller.

Choral Festivals

Every year UNLV's School of Music hosts two festivals: the Desert Rose Choral Festival held every April and the Madrigal Festival held every November. Both are open to all high school students in Nevada and neighboring states but may require a nomination and selection process. Visit their corresponding pages to learn more.

UNLV Desert Rose Festival UNLV Madrigal Invitational Festival