Choral and Vocal Studies 2021-01-21T10:36:33+00:00

Choral and Vocal Studies

With 250 participants and five vocal ensembles, the School of Creative and Performing Arts at Northwestern State University offers a comprehensive choral and vocal program that prepares the music major and non-music major for the rigorous demands of the professional academic and performing worlds. Highly qualified and experienced voice faculty provide one-on-one instruction for majors in Music Education, Vocal Performance, Music Business, Sacred Music and Musical Theatre. Opera Theater gives serious vocalists opportunities to hone their abilities on the stage as well as gaining a deeper knowledge of the repertoire.  There are opportunities for international travel, significant performances, and experiences with important people in the music field.

Choral Audition Requirements

Jury Forms (Coming Soon)

There are 6 vocal ensembles at NSU, each with its own rehearsal time, performance schedule, and repertoire:

Northwestern Chamber Choir
Dr. Nicholaus B. Cummins, conductor

The premier vocal ensemble at NSU, this 32-member ensemble is comprised of the top vocalists at the university. The choir has competed and won significant awards in choral competitions in Hungary and Austria.  They were invited to sing at the 8th National Collegiate Choral Organization Conference in Maryland.  The choir has also been the featured invited choir at Louisiana Music Educators Association (LMEA), Louisiana American Choral Directors Association, (LA ACDA) and guest artist series in several venues.  Additionally, each December the Chamber Choir presents the annual Lessons & Carols in the Minor Basilica in Natchitoches, LA.
Concert Choir
Michael Rorex, conductor
A select, auditioned mixed ensemble of 48 singers that performs traditional and contemporary choral literature. Concert Choir sings a concert each semester and has been featured with the Rapides and Shreveport Symphonies.
Dr. Nicholaus B. Cummins, conductor
Comprised of 40 singers, Lyrica sings choral literature suitable for treble voices and performs a joint concert with the Men’s Chorus each semester. Lyrica has performed with the NSU Chamber Orchestra at the Louisiana Music Educators Association State Music convention.

Men’s Chorus
Michael Rorex, conductor
A crowd favorite, Men’s Chorus is comprised of 40-50 students and performs regularly on and off campus.

Cane River Singers
Dr. Nicholaus B. Cummins, conductor

This new ensemble will be comprised of students, faculty, and local Natchitoches community members.  They are a new outreach to the community and will present concerts with different choirs at NSU.

Scholarship Auditions

Please contact Director of Choral Activities, Professor of Music, Dr. Nicholaus B. Cummins at or Associate Professor of Music-Choral, Vocal Mr. Michael Rorex at

Audition requirements:

At least one prepared solo (Voice performance majors will be expected to sing 2 solos with 1 in a foreign language). *Suggested Repertoire: (Italian Art Song or Aria, English Art Song, a solo you would sing for “Solo and Ensemble Festival”)

We will take you through a series of vocal exercises to explore your entire vocal range and timbre.
Sight-reading: you will be asked to sight-read some very short examples ranging from very easy to somewhat difficult.
You will be asked to sing back brief melodies to test your tonal memory.
Please remember to bring a copy of your music for the accompanist. An accompanist will be provided