PSU Choirs


At the PSU School of Music, there is a university choir for everyone. With several choirs for voice students and non-music majors, we can help you find the right group to showcase your vocal talent as you study music.


The PSU Chamber Choir

Our most selective university choir, the PSU Chamber Choir is also the most rigorous. You will attend practice three times a week and perform multiple times each quarter as you study music in our program. The international award-winning Chamber Choir is known for exciting performance opportunities, ranging from trips to the Oregon State Legislature to tours of Indonesia. Participating in this choir is on par with a professional experience, with expectations and standards set high. Auditions are held in May.

Rose & Thorn Choirs

As you might have guessed from its burly moniker, Rose Choir is an exclusively male choir that rehearses (and often performs) with its female counterpart, Thorn Choir. Ideal for voice students that prefer to focus on solo work, this high-level ensemble has a lower time commitment than Chamber Choir. You’ll rehearse twice a week and have fewer performances to schedule, allowing you time for other ways to study music. Like all of PSU’s choirs, you will sing music of all genres. Auditions are at the beginning of each quarter.

University Choir

Any student can join University Choir, and you won’t have to audition. For music majors, this may be a good fit if you are a member of other ensembles or have a packed schedule. There is only one performance each quarter. With an emphasis on providing a rewarding experience to a wide-range of voices and backgrounds, it’s also a great place to build community on campus.

 Ethan Sperry
Director of Choral Activities

Born in New York City, Ethan Sperry began studying conducting at the age of eight, cello at the age of twelve, and singing at the age of eighteen.  He has earned a bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Harvard College and Masters and Doctoral degrees in Choral Conducting from the University of Southern California.