Choral Music Program

The Delaware State University Choral Program is under the direction of Dr. Derrick Thompson, director of choirs. Contact him at (302) 857-7399 or via email at dthompson [at] desu.edu.

University Choir (MUSP 101)

The University Choir is a choral ensemble created to provide a high-quality choral experience to all Delaware State University students. Membership is open to all students.

The University Choir prepares and performs choral literature from medieval to 20th century. There are two main concerts on campus each year: one in the fall and one in the spring. The choir also performs for special occasions such as convocation, Parents and Family Weekend, and commencement.

Members of the choir earn one academic credit hour per semester.

Choral Union

The Choral Union is a new college and community ensemble designed Fall of 2019 to provide a high-quality choral experience to the student body, faculty/staff, and interested community singers.

The Choral Union will perform two large choral works, one in the fall and one in the spring, such as Handel’s Messiah.

Rehearsals are held on Mondays from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Education and Humanities Choral Room. No credit is earned for this ensemble.

Choir Scholarship

The Delaware State University Choir Scholarship recognizes student’s achievements and talents in the vocal arts.

Scholarship Awards

$1,000 to $4,000 Awards

These scholarships are in addition to any academic awards for which the student may qualify during the academic year. Scholarships are renewable each year, for a maximum of three years, by completing an audition and the attached form.

How to Apply:

Complete the Choir Scholarship Application form and submit it to Dr. Derrick Thompson, Director of Choirs (EH 286).

The deadline to apply for both fall and spring scholarships is by the beginning of the academic year.

Scholarship Details:

Students invited to audition for a scholarship must prepare two contrasting pieces (more details below) and be prepared to interview with a faculty member.

Questions? Contact Dr. Derrick Thompson in the music department at (302) 857-7399 or dthompson [at] desu.edu.

Audition Information:

If your performance requires accompaniment, it is preferred that you bring your own accompanist or a high-quality accompaniment tape. If you provide accompanist parts at the time of application submission, a staff accompanist will be available.

Prepare two classical or Broadway songs in contrasting nature (style, tempo, mood). Performance in a foreign language for at least one piece is encouraged but not required. Both pieces must be memorized (approximately 6 to 10 minutes total).

Requirements for Scholarship:

  • GPA must remain higher than a 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Must be enrolled in courses full-time. If academic probation or suspension occurs, the student may lose their scholarship.
  • Must participate in voice lessons and university choir during the entire academic year, receiving a letter grade of “B” or higher.

Performance Schedule

Performance Date Time
President’s Prayer Breakfast
DSU – MLK Student Centers Parlor, 2nd Floor
Friday, September 20th, 2019 6:45 am
Parents & Family Weekend Concert
DSU - Education & Humanities Theater
Saturday, November 9th, 2019 11:00 am
Kent County Chapter 6th Annual Gospel Fest
First Baptist Church, Dover
Saturday, November 16th, 2019 5:30 pm
Annual Winter Concert
DSU - Education & Humanities Theater
Sunday, December 8th, 2019 4:00 pm
Annual Spring Concert
DSU – Education & Humanities Theater
Sunday, May 3, 2020 4:00 pm