Una Voce: The Chamber Choir of Seton Hill University
An auditioned choir of highly skilled choral musicians, Una Voce serves as the touring choir for the Music Program, spreading the name of Seton Hill far and wide during annual tours over Spring Break. Repertoire includes music from the entire choral canon, Western music and beyond. Auditions are normally held in the Spring with limited spots available to freshmen in the Fall. Opportunities for student conductors provide valuable experience to our music majors. Una Voce occasionally performs with orchestra, exploring the wide range of choral/orchestral literature. Una Voce performs a yearly concert for the Sisters of Charity residing at Caritas Christi and recently performed at the Fall Conference of the American Choral Directors Association, Pennsylvania Chapter.
SHU Glee Club
Our newest ensemble, the SHU Glee Club is a first at Seton Hill. Founded in the tradition of classic collegiate men's choirs, the MGC performs fight songs, drinking songs (sarsaparilla, of course) and the vast repertoire of classic male choral music. No audition is required. All tenors and basses welcome!
Setonia covers the wide range of choral music written for soprano/alto voices: spirituals, folksongs, sacred and secular works, and pieces from across the globe. No audition is required.
St. Cecilia Ringers
A collegiate bell choir is a rare thing, and we are lucky to have one! Membership is open to any student at Seton Hill that possesses basic music reading skills. Named for the patron saint of music, The St. Cecilia Ringers perform alongside the choral ensembles at our annual Christmas on the Hill offerings. We have premiered new pieces written for us and have performed arrangements of classic works by Handel, Grieg and Mozart as well.
Opportunities for Student Collaborative Pianists & Organists
The choral ensembles are supported by talented student keyboard artists in rehearsal and performance. Do you play piano, organ, or both? Do you love working with choral ensembles? Contact Dr. Boyle and learn more about working with choral activities!
Director of Choral Activities Mark A. Boyle
Mark A. Boyle, D.M.A. is an associate professor of music and director of choral and vocal activities at Seton Hill. In constant demand as a tenor, Dr. Boyle’s recent appearances include Elijah with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, The Shepherd in Stravinksy’s Œdipus Rex at the National Seminar of the IMC, and Messiah at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. As a conductor, he has conducted the 800 voice choir at the Ocean Grove Choral Festival, the New Jersey Central Region Choir, and several county choirs throughout Pennsylvania. (Dr. Boyle also spent 5 years in the United States Navy, during which time he conducted the Bluejackets Memorial Choir.) Dr. Boyle serves the American Choral Directors Association as the college and university repertoire and standards chair for the state of Pennsylvania and the men’s choir repertoire and standards chair for the eastern division.