The University of Toledo Women’s Chorus
What is the University of Toledo Women’s Chorus?UT Women’s Chorus is a class that meets at 11:00 AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 1 hour of credit. The choir will usually sing two performances each semester as a part of the Choral Department Concerts Series with Concert Chorale and Men’s Chorus. The three choirs will tour for one or two days during one semester a year. If special performances are scheduled, extra rehearsals may be scheduled some evenings or weekends. This will only be done with the approval of the chorus.
Membership is open to all UT women regardless of major. No audition is required; however, basic musicianship and pitch matching ability are checked.
Who directs the Women’s Chorus?
The director of the U.T. Women’s Chorus is Dr. Stephen Hodge, Director of Choral Activities. He has served as Director of Choral Activities at The University of Toledo since 1989. His teaching duties also consist of directing the Concert Chorale, Men’s Chorus, and Community Chorus; in addition, teaching voice and graduate seminars. He taught secondary vocal music in Kansas, his native state, later teaching at the collegiate level in Alabama and Florida.
He received Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Education degrees from Wichita State University. A doctorate in choral literature and conducting was conferred by The University of Colorado-Boulder. His principal mentors include Harrison Boughton, Lynn Whitten, and Hugh Ross.
Dr. Hodge is an active member of Chorus America, American Choral Directors’ Association, and Music Educators’ National Conference. He is a frequent clinician within the state of Ohio, and serves as an adjudicator for Ohio Music Education Association and Educational Programs Network.
Other than choral conducting and teaching, Stephen Hodge composes music for choirs and performs as alto soloist. He has conducted church choirs since 1969. Currently, Dr. Hodge serves as director of adult music and worship at Olivet Lutheran Church in Sylvania, Ohio.
What is the repertoire performed by the choir?
Repertoire is chosen from the greatest music composed for women’s chorus over the past 600 years. A wide variety of music is chosen from both the sacred and secular representing composers from J. S. Bach to Gwyneth Walker. Some works recently performed include: ‘Kyrie’ from Missa Brevis in c minor by Imant Raminsh, ‘Ching-A-Ring-Chaw by Aaron Copland, and ‘Duet For Two Cats’ by Gioacchino Rossini.
Are there solo opportunities?
Is special concert dress required?Yes. A special dress is required. The cost is around $100.00. Dresses may be ordered from Stage Accents, 234 Industrial Parkway, Northvale, NJ 07647. The phone number is 800-631-1611. The dress – ‘Dahlia’ #8864. Cost - $55.00 plus shipping. See the dress.
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Hodge. The Women’s Chorus is growing in both size and stature. Please consider being a part of it!
UT Choirs CD "When Music Sounds"