The University Chorus of Ohio State’s Mansfield Campus is a mixed (male and female) ensemble of singers open to all members of the campus community—students, faculty, and staff at both OSU and North Central State College—as well as to members of the Greater Mansfield Community. The chorus performs publicly in both Autumn and Spring semesters. There are no entrance auditions for chorus. Singing experience is desirable but not required.
The chorus performs works spanning a wide spectrum of musical styles from the Renaissance to contemporary music. During autumn the chorus typically prepares a holiday concert featuring shorter works from both Jewish and Christian traditions. In winter It has also performed numerous times with both the Mansfield and Ashland symphony orchestras. Some of the symphonic works performed have been Orff’s Carmina Burana, Verdi’s Missa di Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel’s Messiah, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
In January the chorus often begins work on music from various African, African American, and Afro-Caribbean traditions in preparation for a Black History Month program, in February. The rest of the year is often spent either preparing for an orchestral program or working on lighter music, often taken from music for the stage and screen.
In some semesters one or more small ensembles are created from within the ranks of the chorus. These ensembles meet at separate times and perform on the same programs as the chorus itself.
The chorus meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1:50 p.m. in Riedl Hall’s Conard Performance Space, a 150-seat recital hall whose acoustics were designed to enhance a cappella singing.
Singers can and do participate in chorus as an extracurricular activity, but they can also take it for 2 OSU credits as MUS 2203.03. Chorus can be taken repeatedly for credit using the same course number. Credit is also available (only with the signed permission of the instructor) for small ensemble participation as MUS 2208.02. Credits earned for chorus and ensembles do count toward requirements for students planning to major in music on the Columbus Campus.