Department of Music

Choral Ensembles at Delta State University

Julia Brasher Thorn, Conductor
Mezzo-soprano, Julia Thorn, is a multifaceted musician with choral conducting, voice, and music education as areas of specialization. She is the recently appointed Director of Choral Activities at Delta State University. Dr. Thorn performs frequently as a guest conductor and is an active clinician and adjudicator. Choral ensembles under her direction have given critically acclaimed performances at national, divisional and state conferences of ACDA, NAfME, NCCO, the Spivey Hall Educational Concert Series, and are featured on recordings from Santa Barbara Music Publishers.

Before coming to Delta State, Dr. Thorn held the Cyril M. Stretansky Distinguished Professorship Chair in Choral Music and was Director of Choral Activities at Susquehanna University. She is currently Secretary of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, a member of the National Association for Music Education, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, Chorus America, the College Music Society, Pi Kappa Lambda and was nominated for Who’s Who of America and Who’s Who of American Teachers. In the summer of 2004, Dr. Thorn was selected as a conducting fellow for the Oregon Bach Festival with Maestro Helmuth Rilling and made her Carnegie Hall conducting debut on February 18, 2007. Dr. Thorn was honored as the Outstanding Teacher of the 2008-2009 academic year at Centenary College where she taught for fifteen years as Professor of Music.

Dr. Thorn holds B.M. and M.M. Degrees in Vocal Performance from Loyola University in New Orleans, and the D.M.A. Degree in Conducting from the University of Alabama. While pursuing the doctorate under the direction of Sandra Willetts, Dr. Thorn taught in the choral and music education departments at the University of Alabama and served as Director of Choral Activities at the University of West Alabama. During ten years of study at the Saratoga-Potsdam Choral Institute in New York, and as a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus, she trained under the batons of many of the world’s finest conductors, including Robert Shaw, Brock McElheran and Eugene Ormandy.


Chorale

  • MUS 138/338/639
  • Conductor: Dr. Julia Thorn
  • Rehearsal times: M W F 12:45–1:50 pm
  • Rehearsal location: Chapel

choraleThe Delta Chorale is the premier touring vocal ensemble at DSU. Comprised of approximately 40 mixed voices, it performs frequently both on- and off-campus. Its repertoire features high-quality choral music from diverse styles, musical eras, languages, and cultures. Chorale has performed by invitation at state and regional conferences of the Mississippi Music Educators Association and American Choral Directors Association.

Chorale’s Mission Statement

The Delta Chorale seeks to enrich the musical, educational, and cultural lives of our campus and our community through excellence in choral music performance. With diverse choral literature, we sing these truths:

  • When confronted by poverty, we sing that true wealth cannot be measured by dollars and cents.
  • When confronted by need, we sing that music belongs to everyone.
  • When confronted by racism, we sing that all people possess equal and inherent human worth.
  • When confronted by ignorance, we sing that artistic expression and opportunity lead to understanding.
  • When confronted by strife, we sing that peace is the better way.
  • When confronted by division, we sing and model unity in community despite our differences.

We are the Delta Chorale.

Membership is open to students from all academic majors across campus by competitive audition.

Delta Singers Singing Statesmen

  • MUS 140/340
  • Director: Prof. Kevin Tharp
  • Rehearsal times: T Th 12:15–1:30 pm
  • Rehearsal location: BPAC Recital Hall

Singing Statesmen is a non-auditioned choral ensemble devoted to music written for men’s voices. This choir provides singers an opportunity to learn many styles of music and also focuses on developing vocal and musicianship skills. It is the ideal ensemble for students who want to improve their singing voice and music-reading abilities before auditioning for Chorale or who cannot commit to Chorale’s busy performance schedule.

No audition is required to join Delta Singers, so all interested men should simply register for the class and/or come to rehearsal on the first day of classes!

  • First-year men: MUS 140-02 [CRN 47940]
  • Sophomore, junior, and senior men: MUS 340-02 [CRN 47941]
  • Male graduate students: MUS 639 [CRN 45603]

Delta Singers Women’s Chorale

  • MUS 140/340
  • Conductor: Dr. Julia Thorn
  • Rehearsal times: T Th 12:15–1:30 pm
  • Rehearsal location: Chapel

womens-choraleWomen’s Chorale is a non-auditioned choral ensemble devoted to music written for treble voices. This choir provides singers an opportunity to learn many styles of music and also focuses on developing vocal and musicianship skills. It is the ideal ensemble for students who want to improve their singing voice and music-reading abilities before auditioning for Chorale or who cannot commit to Chorale’s busy performance schedule.

No audition is required to join Delta Singers, so all interested women should simply register for the class and/or come to rehearsal on the first day of classes!

  • First-year women: MUS 140-01 [CRN 40851]
  • Sophomore, junior, and senior women: MUS 340-01 [CRN 40875]
  • Female graduate students: MUS 639 [CRN 45603]