Choral Union


The Choral Union is a large mixed chorus of 125 to 150 voices designed to bring the campus and community together.

Members include MSU students and individuals from the Greater Lansing area. Although previous choral singing is desirable, it is not required.

Repertoire focuses on the major choral/orchestral works of every stylistic period, which are performed with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra and university orchestras.


Message from Director, David Rayl:

I know this information has been a long time coming. Thank you for your patience. WE WILL GO FORWARD WITH SINGING THIS FALL.

Let me begin with the health and safety protocols we will use as the semester begins. If the current surge abates, these could be relaxed.

  • The University vaccination requirement for all faculty, staff, and students does not apply to Choral Union members at this time. However, the safest environment for all of us, is one in which everyone is fully vaccinated. While we cannot mandate vaccination in order for you to participate, I can’t say strongly enough how important it is. If you are not vaccinated, you are putting yourself and your singing colleagues at risk. It’s entirely your choice, but it would be safest for all if you did not attend.
  • We will be required to sing with masks that cover nose and mouth and fit snugly. My experience with our students last year was that everyone became accustomed to them in time. Different people preferred different types of masks. For singing, it’s best to have one with some space in front of your mouth.
  • We will sing with two empty chairs between each singer, giving a minimum of 3 ft. of distance.
  • We will limit rehearsals to 60 minutes (7:00-8:00 p.m.) and will encourage social distancing before and after rehearsals.
  • The HVAC system for Comm Arts rooms 147 and 155 (our sectional room) have been outfitted with MRV-13 filters (a very good thing!) and has good air circulation. Much of the time the system pulls in 100% fresh air.

FIRST REHEARSAL: Wednesday, September 8 in room 147 of the Communications Arts & Sciences Building at the SE corner of Red Cedar & Wilson roads.  Rehearsal begins at 7:00 p.m. but please plan to arrive early to register (or you can register directly with the Community Music School online at, by phone at (517) 355-7661, or in person at the CMS office: 4930 S. Hagadorn Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823). There is a discount for MSU faculty, staff and students so please ASK when you register.

SCORES: We will use legally Xeroxed scores which have been marked for your use. To avoid the health issues surrounding exchanging of cash and checks, we will provide these scores to you free of charge.

Our Upcoming Season:

Saturday, December 4, 8:00 p.m. Songs of Comfort and Joy: favorite choruses by Brahms, Fauré, Mozart, and Mendelssohn, along with choruses from Messiah (no soloists)

  • Dress rehearsals on Friday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 4 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Wharton Center, with the MSU Symphony Orchestra, Rayl conducting 

Thursday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.  Verdi Requiem

  • Dress rehearsals on Sunday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m., Monday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Wharton Center with MSU Symphony Orchestra, Octavio Mas-Arocas conducting

If you know of anyone who would like to join us, please let them know that auditions will be held on the following dates in room 147 of the Communication Arts & Science Building:

  • Wednesday, September 1 at 7:00 p.m.  (Auditions only!  No rehearsal!)
  • Wednesday, September 8 at 6:00 p.m.  (Rehearsal begins at 7:00 p.m.)

I’m excited for our return to choral singing and look forward to seeing you in September.

Refer to these videos to help you warm-up your voice when you practice this season's music. Vocalises:

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