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Choral and Vocal Studies

At Northwestern Oklahoma State University, choral and vocal students have all of the opportunities that can be found at a large university combined with the friendliness and warmth of a small college. Each year choir members and vocalists participate in many performance opportunities including concerts by the University Chorale, Concert Choir, and the University Singers. Northwestern choirs tour regionally and nationally. Just this past summer, the University Chorale and Singers had an incredible tour to Austria and the Czech Republic. Recently, the choirs have taken tours to New York, including a performance in Carnegie Hall, Shanghai and Beijing, New Mexico, Washington D.C., St. Louis and across the South and Southwest United States.

The NWOSU Choirs are open to all students regardless of major, including faculty and staff. We invite all community members to join our community Concert Choir.

Participation scholarships in choir are available to every NWOSU student.

Whether you plan to major in music or simply want to continue singing during your studies, you’ll find participating in the choral and vocal studies program at Northwestern Oklahoma State University to be an exciting and rewarding experience!


Karsten Longhurst
Instructor of Music
Fine Arts 323
(580) 327-8692



Sing with Us!

We have three performance groups:

  • University Singers

  • University Chorale

  • Concert Choir


Voice Placements/ Auditions?

Any NWOSU student, staff or faculty, or community member can sing in a choir. Regardless of background or level of experience, we have a choir for you!

To join a choir, please begin attending University Chorale (T/Th at 11:00am in FA 200) or Concert Choir (Mondays at 6:45pm in FA 200) and click here to sign up for a voice placement.

Voice placements for choirs are quick (10 minutes) and simple. You don't need to prepare anything! Have questions? Email Dr. Longhurst at krlonghurst@nwosu.edu.


Participation Awards
Choir participation scholarships range from $250 to $2,000 per year, making a significant contribution toward an individual’s annual tuition. Choir awards may be combined with academic or other participation awards up to approximately $5,500 for freshmen and transfer students and $1,750 for continuing students. Scholarships above the cost of tuition may be applied to other university costs. Eligibility requirements include enrollment in choir, maintenance of at least a 2.5 grade point average and completion of a minimum of 24 credit hours per year.

Vocal Scholar Awards
There are three competitive awards for vocal majors: The Northwestern Vocal Scholar Award, the Alton and Betty Zimmermann Vocal Scholar Award and the Reichenberger Vocal Scholar Award. These are renewable scholarships in the amount of $1000 per year for four years. These awards are based on competitive auditions and are restricted to vocal music and/or music education majors.

The Northwestern Oklahoma State University Vocal Scholar Award is presented annually to an outstanding incoming freshman singer from Oklahoma who is planning to major in vocal music performance or vocal music education. The award is in the amount of $1,000 and is renewable each year for four years.

Previous Northwestern Vocal Scholars:

  • Kenneith McIntosh: Del City HS - Del City, OK
  • Ryan Wiebener: Alva HS - Alva, OK 
  • Megan Pruitt: Cimarron HS - Ames, OK 
  • Kiley Rieger Feely: Burlington HS - Burlington, OK
  • Kandee Hookstra: Vici HS - Vici, OK
  • Abigail Hunter: Vici HS - Vici, OK
  • Kevin Kerr: Conway Springs HS - Conway Springs, KS
  • Jillian Bartow: Laverne HS - Laverne, OK

All incoming freshmen or transfers are encouraged to fill out the Scholarship Application for Freshmen and Transfers, which should be submitted along with the Application for Admission to the University. The incoming freshman deadline is May 15, while the transfer student deadline is July 15.

Current students have until March 15 for academic scholarships and February 15 for departmental scholarships. Please use the Continuing Student Scholarship Application.

For departmental scholarships you will need to fill out both the Continuing Student form and one provided by the department chair. 

For more information, please visit Scholarships.

A list of scholarships available in the choral and vocal area include:

The Alton and Betty Zimmerman Vocal Scholar Award is presented every four years to an outstanding incoming freshman singer who is planning to major in vocal music performance or vocal music education. The award is in the amount of $1,000 and is renewable each year for four years.

Previous Zimmerman Vocal Scholars:

  • Adrianna Tibbits: Beaver HS - Beaver, OK
  • Cory Kerr: Conway Springs HS - Conway Springs, KS 
  • Ryan White: Alva HS - Alva OK
  • Andrea Petrowsky: Skyline HS - Pratt, KS

The Reichenberger Vocal Scholar Award is presented every four years to an outstanding incoming freshman singer who is planning to major in vocal music performance or vocal music education. The award is in the amount of $1,000 and is renewable each year for four years.

Previous Reichenberger Vocal Scholars:

  • Isileli Tu'ifua Siliva Ofiu Jr.: Anchorage, AK (current)
  • Ashley Schmitz: Laverne HS- Laverne, OK 
  • Charity Epperson: Woodward HS - Woodward, OK 
  • Shaleen Miller: Sapulpa HS - Sapulpa, OK

Eligibility Requirements for Vocal Scholar Awards

  • 2.5 Cumulative High School GPA
  • 19 ACT score

Application Process for Vocal Scholar Awards

  • One or more letters of recommendation from a previous vocal or choral instructor. Six or seven semester high school transcript.
  • Completed NWOSU Vocal Scholar Scholarship Application. (need to build new)
  • Completed NWOSU Scholarship Application

Selection Process for Vocal Scholar Awards

Applicants will be selected using the following criteria:

  • A competitive vocal audition (an accompanist will be provided)
  • Three memorized selections of contrasting styles
  • At least one selection must be in a foreign language
  • Brief vocal technique, tonal memory, and sight-reading examinations
  • An interview by the Vocal Scholar committee

Renewal Requirements for Vocal Scholar Awards

  • Maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA in applied vocal studies and choral ensembles.
  • Enroll for and successfully complete a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester.
  • Be continuously enrolled as a vocal music performance or music education major.
  • Successfully complete responsibilities assigned by the Director of Choral & Vocal Studies.

Student Learning Outcomes


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