Welcome to the Cardinal Chorale!

The Cardinal Chorale (MUEN 1131) is the primary vocal ensemble of the UIW Music Department and one of the largest student organizations on campus. Membership includes students from many different academic disciplines and occasionally UIW faculty and staff.

The Chorale represents UIW to the city of San Antonio and the state of Texas through its seasonal performances and concert tours. The Chorale has toured throughout several southern states, most extensively in Texas. Recent performances include two in Carnegie Hall (2010 and 2000), Lincoln Center (2017) and numerous radio and television appearances during the Christmas season. In 1996, the Chorale was asked to sing the "Star-Spangled Banner" (arranged by William Gokelman) with Tejano star Emilio Navaira at the NBA All-Star game, held in the Alamodome. Prior to that, the Chorale was invited to sing for the Mass celebrating the 25th anniversary of San Antonio Archbishop Patrick Flores. The Chorale has been featured on two CDs of liturgical choral music, "Behold" and "Mirad", both published by Good For The Soul Music. In 2008, the Chorale was invited to be the featured vocal ensemble for the San Antonio Founder's Day celebration in San Fernando Cathedral.


An audition with the director is required for membership in the Cardinal Chorale. Here are the details:

  • How long does the audition take?
    • 5-10 minutes
  • What will I be singing?
    • Short vocalises meant to demonstrate tonal color, vocal range, and pitch matching.
  • Do I need to bring a prepared piece to sing?
    • No, but you may bring one if you wish.
  • When will I find out the results?
    • Immediately.
  • Is the audition scary?
    • No! We believe in pain-free singing. Bring your smile and your love of singing!
  • Who can audition?
    • Any UIW student, regardless of major, undergraduate or graduate level.
  • How do I schedule an audition?
    • Contact the director, William Gokelman, at the email below.

Section Leader Scholarships

Chorale members in good standing are eligible for section leader scholarships. There are four section leaders, one for each section of the choir (soprano, alto, tenor, bass). Section leaders assist the director by running sectional rehearsals and setting the tone for proper choir behavior and preparedness.


  • Must be in good standing with the Cardinal Chorale
  • Must pass an audition with the director
  • Must have a class standing of sophomore or higher