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.