The University of North Florida choral department is led by Dr. Cara Tasher, Director of Choral Activities since 2006. Click here to read her full biography.
The program offers four ensembles to qualified students, staff, faculty and community members. Each ensemble provides singers with training to improve sight-reading and vocal skills as well as the opportunity to study voice privately.
Yume Omura was born in 1991 in Japan. She began playing piano at age 3 and from 2010 until 2016 she studied at the Kyoto City University of Arts, receiving her Bachelor's degree in 2014 and her Master's degree in 2016 with Chiharu Sakai, Irina Mejoueva and Hibiki Tamura. She is now in the Performer’s Certificate program with Dr. Gary Smart and serves as the collaborative keyboard artist for the University of North Florida choral ensembles.
Chorale, Osprey Men’s Chorus and Osprey Women’s Chorus offer diverse musical selections, remarkable student conductor opportunities and include the highest percentage of non-music majors. On occasion, student-led a cappella groups emerge from within. Placement in an ensemble entails a short voice placement.
Highlights of the choral calendar include the September Peace Concert, Jacksonville SINGS! High School Honor Invitational, Osprey Choral Showcases, Handel’s Messiah, Sing into Spring and the Spring Choral Masterwork. Recent masterworks performed by UNF ensembles include Beethoven Missa Solemnis and Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Bach St. John’s Passion, Cantata 140 Wachet Auf, Motet Jesu meine Freude, Brahms Requiem, Mozart Requiem and Orff Carmina Burana in collaboration with the UNF Orchestra, Lawson Ensemble and other talented forces. In recent years, UNF singers have worked with Simon Carrington, Chanticleer, Simon Halsey, Joey Martin, Gene Peterson, Eugene Rogers, and Sandra Snow. In the coming year, choristers will work with Eric Whitacre and Bob Chilcott, adding to an already impressive list of internationally acclaimed guest conductors and clinicians. The ensembles have performed with the Yuval Ron Ensemble, at the 2013 State American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) conference, the 2014 Southern Division ACDA Convention, with the Royal Philharmonic in 2009, and frequently with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Aside from regional performances, the UNF choral groups have visited Italy, Portugal and South Africa during international performance tours. In all of their endeavors, members of the UNF choral ensembles work to deeply understand the music they sing and the cultures from which it comes. Singers perform with the highest artistic standards and find tremendous joy in making the music come alive.
To book the Chamber Singers, for more information or to contribute to student choral scholarships, please contact Cara.Tasher@unf.edu or visit studio 45/2009. To schedule your audition, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The Chamber Singers' album "Come By Here" is now available on iTunes, click here to purchase.
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