The Choral Music Program at UTSA is comprised of a variety of performing groups offering a diverse array of musical experiences to voice students at UTSA. Each group presents a concert at mid-semester, and they join forces with the UTSA Orchestra for the performance of a major work at the end of the fall semester each year. At the end of the spring semester all choirs combine for the UTSA Choral Cavalcade. The Concert Choir and Women's Concert Choir perform for Fiesta Under the Stars each spring.
For more information on choral music at UTSA, please contact the ensemble directors listed on the page for each ensemble. You may also contact Dr. John Silantien, Director of Choral Activities.
The UTSA Concert Choir, directed by Dr. John Silantien, Conductor, is an auditioned group that consists of approximately 60 undergraduate music majors. They tour annually throughout Texas and neighboring states. They have performed at division and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association. The Concert Choir has appeared in concert and workshop settings before the Texas Music Educators Association. In the Spring of 2006 the UTSA Concert Choir toured Europe, performing at major musical venues in Salzburg, Vienna, and Prague. From time to time the Concert Choir will join forces with the San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers and perform a major work with the symphony. The Concert Choir spends several days in the early spring touring South Central Texas or the Rio Grande Valley.
The UTSA Women's Choir, directed by Dr. Gary Mabry, Conductor, was started in 1991. It is an auditioned ensemble composed mostly of music majors, but it is open to any woman who is a student at UTSA. The Women's Choir takes part in the Texas Collegiate Women's Choir Festival each year and performs regularly for various off-campus activities. The ensemble performs a wide variety of choral literature, with a focus on upper level concert repertoire for treble voices. The choir has premiered several works including two works by UTSA composer David Heuser.
The UTSA Men’s Chorus, directed by Dr. Gary Mabry, Conductor is a non-auditioned men’s ensemble, open to all UTSA students. No previous choral experience is necessary or required. Students receive training in vocal and choral techniques through the study of literature from various styles and with varying degrees of difficulty. The Chorus participates in two concerts per semester, including the UTSA Choral Cavalcade.
The UTSA Chamber Singers, directed by Dr. John Silantien, Conductor, are a group of sixteen students selected from the members of the Concert Choir. For many years, their main activity was presenting an annual series of madrigal dinners on the UTSA campus. The singers now specialize in more concert performances on campus and throughout the San Antonio community. The group is dedicated to performing vocal chamber music from all historical periods. In June 1997, the Madrigal Singers toured Brazil, performing in major venues in Sao Paolo and Rio de Janiero.
The UTSA Jazz Choir, directed by Dr. Gary Mabry, Conductor is a select ensemble of 12 singers who rehearse and perform for various occasions during the spring semester.