Cappella, the NEW University of Mary Chapel Choir, is part of the Saint John Paul II Center for University Ministry. This choral ensemble has a particular ministry and mission, providing music for campus liturgies on Wednesday mornings, Sunday evenings, and other special University events. The audition deadline is February 20, 2021. 

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Scholarships Available

Membership in Cappella is by audition only. Choristers receive sizable 4-year scholarships for their successful and faithful participation in rehearsals, lessons, and sectionals each week. Preliminary rosters and scholarship awards will be determined by March 1 each year. Other supplementary positions may be added as funds are available. The class (MUS 214 and 414) meets to rehearse Monday through Friday from 2:00-2:50 pm, and occasional Sunday evenings prior to Mass.

LETTER OF HIS HOLINESS, POPE JOHN PAUL II TO ARTISTS (1999):

"To all who are passionately dedicated to the search for new 'epiphanies' of beauty so that through their creative work as artists they may offer these as gifts to the world."

The artist, image of God the Creator

"None can sense more deeply than you artists, ingenious creators of beauty that you are, something of the pathos with which God at the dawn of creation looked upon the work of his hands. A glimmer of that feeling has shone so often in your eyes when—like the artists of every age—captivated by the hidden power of sounds and words, colours and shapes, you have admired the work of your inspiration, sensing in it some echo of the mystery of creation with which God, the sole creator of all things, has wished in some way to associate you."

Cappella has a particular mission and ministry, deep in the very heart of our Catholic liturgy. We are inspired by our University Ministry patron, St. John Paul II, who, in his Letter to Artists, urged us to craft our music, beauty—as a gift to the world. We give thanks to our Creator for the gifts that He has given us and seek only to offer them back to Him in humble praise. We worship through our music, singing the musical treasures of the Church as well as also welcoming other styles of music that promote the good and beautiful. We do this in service to our Creator.

Scholarship awards are based on musical talent and your potential contribution to the ensemble. Your scholarship can be stacked with most academic awards and is renewable for up to four years.

We encourage you to schedule your audition in conjunction with a visit to the University of Mary so you can see us in action, worship with us at Mass, experience a rehearsal or performance, attend a music class and meet with our conductor, Dr. Rebecca Raber. We hold live auditions during the academic year. Contact [email protected] to schedule an audition at your convenience. If you live more than 250 miles from campus, we can arrange an audition via Zoom. The deadline for primary consideration is February 20, 2021.

Audition deadline is February 20, 2021.

Your audition should demonstrate your technical and musical levels and show promise of successful college-level study, including technique, tone quality, expression, and musicianship.

Audition requirements (VOICE):

  • One classical solo of your choice (art song or aria in a contrasting style)

    • An accompanist will be provided, or you can bring your own—please bring original scores for the accompanist.

  • Sight-reading (live or via Zoom)

  • Personal Statement on sacred music (typed, one page)

Audition requirements (ORGAN):

We are also searching for a student organist who would receive a scholarship to sing and play with the choir.

Organist: Play for Wednesday and Sunday liturgies (including special music) and piano accompaniment, as needed.

Email [email protected] for audition information and music: 

  • Organ solo (meditative, appropriate for Communion)

  • Organ solo (festive, appropriate for Postlude)

  • Heritage Mass (Gloria, Sanctus/Benedictus, Amen, Agnus Dei)

  • Responsorial Psalm (play and sing)