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Schwob School of Music

Schwob School of Music

Welcome to the Vocal Arts Area Home Page!

Into the Woods, May 2009

The Vocal Arts Area of the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University is one of the leading centers for the study of voice in the state of Georgia. Vocal students have the benefit of nationally recognized faculty, world-class facilities, and the individual attention needed for each student to recognize and obtain his/her full potential as a musician. We promote working together to create an environment that nourishes and supports professional and personal growth. At the Schwob School of Music, a student's biggest competition is her/himself.

This page provides links for both prospective students and enrolled students. Please direct any questions or concerns to Professor Earl Coleman, the current coordinator of the Vocal Arts Area.

Vocal Ensemble Activities

Vocal ActivitiesThe University Singers is the premiere mixed ensemble in the Schwob School of Music. This ensemble and the Concert Chorale are comprised primarily of vocal majors. The Chorale is comprised of CSU students and members of the community from Columbus and the surrounding region. The Choral Union represents the combined choral ensembles, and all are devoted to providing outstanding performances of the finest choral literature.

Degree Programs


Undergraduate students in the Vocal Arts Area at the Schwob School of Music are in one of three degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education
  • Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance

Students in all degree programs receive a full hour lesson each week, thirty minutes of which are accompanied by a staff pianist. The vocal faculty have equally high expectations for students in each degree program.


Graduate students may choose from three programs of study:

The Columbus State University Choral Activities department is under the direction of Dr. Ianthe Marini. To inquire about auditioning for the program, please contact her at There are three choirs:

  • University Singers, by audition, and open to all students
  • Choral Union, singing the MasterWorks of the choral canon, open to the student body, and members of the community
  • Chamber Singers, by audition, open to all students

The Choral Department is committed to offering students an opportunity to develop as healthy and productive singers, excellent musicians, creative artists, and critical thinkers. We are committed to human expression through use of the voice, movement, acting, the written word, the language of Western music and the other languages of World and American music, and through an actualized potential of artistry and creativity. We have a regular collaborative relationship with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the CSU Philharmonic, and the CSU Wind Ensemble. Past and future collaborations include Verdi‘s Requiem, Brahms‘ Requiem, Orff‘s Carmina Burana, Bruckner‘s Mass in e minor, Bach‘s Magnificat in D, Zhou Long‘s The Future of Fire, Handel‘s Messiah, and other literature of the choral/orchestral canon.


If you are interested in a Graduate Degree (MM) in Choral Conducting, please contact Dr. Ianthe Marini at

Major Productions

The Schwob School of Music has as least one major operatic or musical theater production as well as one major masterwork choral event including orchestra and soloists per year. Undergraduate students have the opportunity to sing some of the most beautiful choral compositions with full orchestra and guest soloists as well as perform major roles in musical theater and operatic literature.