The Indiana Community Choir provides individuals in the Indiana region the opportunity to sing and perform great choral literature not typically accessible to choirs in a rural region.

It is also the opportunity to learn choral and singing techniques from a master singer, conductor, and music teacher.

Artistic Director and Conductor

Craig Denison, Associate Professor of Music, Music Department, College of Arts and Humanities, IUP


Acey Gongaware, retired music educator

Cost (price reduced!)

$25 tuition per semester plus $25 registration fee: $50 total (only $1.79 per hour of rehearsal).
NOTE: This is a price REDUCTION from $75 and is new for the fall 2023 semester!

A limited number of scholarships are available to high school students through their high school choral director. See our scholarships page for details.


Singers who match pitch; music reading ability desirable; age 15 (ninth grade for the upcoming academic year) and older.

Voice Check / Part Placement

Individuals do not need to audition for the Indiana Community Choir. Participating individuals simply sing a short "voice check" with Dr. Denison so he can get to know each person's voice and assign a voice part. There is nothing to bring or prepare; simply come ready to vocalize and possibly sight-read.

Fall Semester, 2023


  • Mondays, 7:15–9:15 p.m., Sep. 11–Dec. 11, Room 120, Cogswell Hall
    • Note: Prof. Denison will announce whether there will be rehearsal during the mini fall break on Monday, Oct. 23. There will be rehearsal on Monday, Nov. 20.


  • Monday, December 18, 7:30 p.m., DiCicco Hall (Room 121, Cogswell Hall), IUP Main Campus. Please note, this is a NEW date/time.
  • The choir will be presenting a program titled, "Singing in the Holidays."


  • O Jesus Christ, Thy Manger Is (Christmas Cantata) for SATB Choir and String Quartet by David von Kampen
  • Where the Light Begins, by Susan LaBarr
  • Other holiday favorites selected from the following: God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen; The Holly and the Ivy; O Come All Ye Faithful; Hark! The Herald Angels Sing; Away in a Manger; Good King Wenceslas; Infant Holy, Infant Lowly; and The First Noel.

Spring Semester, 2024


  • Mondays, 7:15–9:15 p.m., Jan. 29–May 6, Room 120, Cogswell Hall
  • Dress Rehearsal, Monday, May 13, 7:00–9:00 p.m., Gorell Recital Hall, second floor, Sutton Hall
  • The director will announce whether there will be a rehearsal on Monday, March 11, during the IUP Spring Break.


  • Sunday, May 19, 4:00 p.m., Gorell Recital Hall, second floor of Sutton Hall
  • Admission: $5 Regular; $3 Seniors; Free with I-Card, military, children 12 and under
  • Tickets:
    • Available at the door prior to the performance; cash and check only.


  • Dear Appalachia, by Timothy Michael Powell (also featuring guitar, mandolin, and banjo)
  • Others TBA