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UTSA is quite vocal – musically that is.

The UTSA department of music features a variety of choir groups that perform throughout every school year.

Dr. Gary Mabry is the director for the UTSA Women’s Choir and the UTSA Men’s Chorus.

“I love the sound of choral music, and I love the time I get to spend teaching the art of ensemble singing,” Mabry said about his experience with the choirs. “I also am deeply enriched by being able to experience the music of many composers through ensemble performance.”

Mabry and the UTSA Women’s Choir, along with a number of alumni, just returned from a performance at New York’s Carnegie Hall on March 14.

Dr. John Silantien is the director for the UTSA Concert Choir and the UTSA Chamber Singers.

“It’s been my pleasure to see these groups grow and develop during the 30 years I’ve taught at UTSA,” Silantien said.

The UTSA Concert Choir toured in Houston in February and performed a concert with the San Antonio Mastersingers on Palm Sunday, March 28. Their final performances of the semester will include UTSA’s annual Choral Cavalcade on April 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall and the Department of Music’s annual “Fiesta under the Stars” on April 23 at 8 p.m. in the UC Ballroom.

The UTSA Chamber Singers perform only during fall semesters.

“The ensembles have become one of UTSA’s top recruiting organizations,” Silantien said.

“First-rate high school singers from all over the state come to study here because of our vocal area’s strong reputation.

The choir has sung for major music educator conventions, with the San Antonio Symphony and on a 2006 European concert tour to Salzburg, Vienna, and Prague. We hope to travel to Italy for concerts in Naples, Rome, Florence and Venice in the near future.”

For more information on UTSA choirs, visit http://music.utsa.edu/voice/choir/utsachoirweb/index.html. Contact Silantien at [email protected] and Mabry at [email protected] for audition information.

Auditions are being held during the week of classes.