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.


Some of you may not be able to attend rehearsal in person for a variety of reasons. Here is a Zoom option for you. In-person attendance is MUCH preferred so please use this only if you must.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 821 8858 2475
Passcode: union


January 2022 Message from Director, David Rayl:

Health and safety protocols for spring semester. 

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is required effective immediately. Required documentation will be checked at the door. Attendees unable to show required documentation will not be permitted into the rehearsal.
    • A COVID-19 vaccination card or a digital image along with a photo ID matching the name on the card.
    • Unvaccinated individuals should bring a photo ID and either a printout or digital image of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the rehearsal.
    • MSU students, faculty and staff can show MSU ID as proof of compliance with the university mandate.
  • 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, January 12, 2022 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:

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, January 12 at 6:00 p.m.  (Rehearsal begins at 7:00 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, January 19 at 6:00 p.m.  (Rehearsal begins at 7:00 p.m.)

Spring 2022 syllabus

Verdi learning tracks and video explanation:

  • This page has all of the parts and divisi.
    • Please note that we are singing the 1875 version (not 1874).
    • As you follow your score you will see that I have moved some voices around so that they ‘cover’ other voice parts. This is, of course, not reflected in the learning track. This will be especially true in the Sanctus.
  • Here is a quick video (2.5 minutes) explaining how to use the page and tracks for those new to the website or who want more clarification

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