The University Singers, founded in 1948 by Dr. Wiley Housewright, is the premier undergraduate auditioned choir at Florida State University. The choir is composed of undergraduate students including those majoring in music and the other degree programs offered by the many academic units making up The Florida State University. During its rich history, University Singers has performed with such remarkable musicians as Kristof Penderecki (2004), Bobby McFerrin (2004), Sir David Willcocks (2002), Aaron Copland, Norman Dello Joio, Billy Taylor, and the esteemed Atlanta Symphony Conductor Robert Shaw, who continued to conduct concerts with the University Singers into his eighties. Additionally, University Singers has frequently performed at national and regional conventions of the Music Educators National Conference and the American Choral Directors Association, including their 2007 performance at the national convention of ACDA in Miami. During the summer of 2007, members of University Singers will be performing for the National Association of Choral Directors of China in Beijing.
Throughout the over fifty-eight year history, several distinguished conductors have led the University Singers, including Walter James, Joseph Flummerfelt, Clayton Krehbiel and André Thomas. Today, the traditions established by these outstanding conductors have been passed to the current conductor, Kevin Fenton.
The University Singers: 65 Years in the Making.