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Sing at PLU!

PLU’s vibrant vocal and choral program provides singers from all academic disciplines with outstanding opportunities for performance and study. Degrees are available in vocal performance and music education. The nationally renowned choral program, directed by Richard Nance and Brian Galante, offers an active schedule of performances on and off campus each year, appears regularly at professional music conferences, and tours regionally, nationally and internationally. PLU Opera presents a fully staged production with orchestra each year as well as scenes programs. Private lessons are available for all students from one of twelve voice faculty, led by James Brown. Lagerquist Concert Hall and the Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts are two of the finest performance facilities in the Northwest. If you love to sing, PLU is the place for you!

Highlights of the choral music education degree include courses in elementary music methods and materials, secondary choral methods, secondary choral literature, vocal pedagogy, and four semesters of conducting. This is one of the most extensive undergraduate choral music education degrees available. PLU graduates are consistently placed in outstanding elementary and secondary school choral music positions.


Choir of the West 90th Reunion Concert
Sunday, October 16, at 3pm

Fall Choral Concerts
Tuesday, October 18, at 8pm
Wednesday, October 19, at 8pm

Opera: Fiery Jade – Cai Yan
Thursday, November 17, at 7:30pm
Friday, November 18, at 7:30pm
Saturday, November 19, at 7:30pm
Sunday, November 20, at 3pm

PLU Opera presents the world premiere of Fiery Jade- Cai Yan with music by Gregory Youtz and a libretto by Zhang Er. The story of the legendary Chinese woman poet Cai Yan who was born in 177 AD at the war ridden, violent end of the Eastern Han Dynasty. It captures dramatic scenes of a woman’s life in peace and in war, as a daughter, poet, and musician.

Choral Union
Sunday, November 13, at 3pm
General Admission $15 • Military, 55 + and Alumni $10 • PLU Community & 18 and under $5

Sounds of Christmas with University Singers and Men’s Chorus
Thursday, December 8, at 8pm

In Sweet Rejoicing
Saturday, December 3, at 8pm – Lagerquist Concert Hall, PLU
Sunday, December 4, at 3pm – Lagerquist Concert Hall, PLU
Monday, December 5, at 7:30pm – Benaroya Hall, Seattle
Friday, December 9, at 8pm – Lagerquist Concert Hall, PLU
Saturday, December 10, at 8pm – Lagerquist Concert Hall, PLU

Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, November 1



Choir of the West Homecoming Concert
Thursday, February 9, at 8pm

Esenvalds: Nordic Light Symphony
Choir of the West and Choral Union with University Symphony Orchestra
March 4, at 8pm – North American Premiere

Opera Scenes
Friday, April 21, at 7:30pm
Saturday, April 22, at 7:30pm

University Singers and Men’s Chorus
Tuesday, April 25, at 8pm    

Choir of the West Spring Concert
Thursday, April 27, at 8pm

University Chorale Homecoming Concert
Tuesday, May 2, at 8pm

Choral Union
Sunday, May 7, at 8pm
General Admission $15 • Military, 55 + and Alumni $10 • PLU Community & 18 and under $5


The Department of Music offers more than 250 scholarships each year to incoming students.


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