Choral Ensembles

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Under the leadership of James Kallembach, Director of Choral Activities, and Mollie Stone, Assistant Director of Choral Activities, the four choruses at the University of Chicago are the University Chorus, the Motet Choir, the Women's Ensemble, and Rockefeller Chapel Choir. They offer a variety of repertoire, ensemble sizes, and concert formats. There is one set of auditions, held at the beginning of the academic year, for membership in any of the Department of Music choral ensembles. Returning musicians are required to re-audition every season. New members can often be accommodated mid-year in the University Chorus, by special audition.

University Chorus  •  James Kallembach, Director

The University Chorus is the largest vocal ensemble on campus. Its season includes an annual production of Handel’s Messiah as well as presentations of choral masterworks such as Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and Verdi’s Messa da requiem. Among its 80 to 100 members are undergraduates, graduates, faculty and staff members, and singers from the Hyde Park and University community: the result is a wonderfully diverse group of vocalists, collaborating in performances of monuments of the literature. The University Chorus presents three to four concerts per season, culminating in a festive year-end performance with the combined choirs and the University Symphony Orchestra.

2014-2015 Concert Dates:

  • Saturday, November 15 at 7:30 pm, Logan Penthouse: Mozart's Te Deum
  • Friday, December 5 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 7 at 3:00 pm, Rockefeller Chapel: Handel’s Messiah
  • Friday, March 6 at 7:00 pm, Logan Penthouse: Concert with Women's Ensemble
  • Saturday, May 30 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, May 31 at 3:00 pm, Mandel Hall: Cathy Heifetz Memorial Concerts

Rehearsals: 

  • Mondays, 7:00-9:30 pm, Fulton Recital Hall

Motet Choir  •  James Kallembach, Director

As the premier undergraduate choral ensemble at the University of Chicago, the Motet Choir accepts 28-36 singers each year. Concentrating on a cappella masterworks of all periods, this polished vocal ensemble specializes in music of the Renaissance, and also performs historically and culturally diverse repertoire ranging from Gregorian chant to gospel standards. The Motet Choir presents at least three major concerts per year (one each quarter), and sings at convocations and special events on campus and throughout the Chicago area. The ensemble goes on tour every second year, often during the University’s spring break. In December 2013 the Motet Choir tour included performances in Pittsburgh, Washington (D.C.), Philadelphia, Boston, New Haven, and New York City.

2014-2015 Concert Dates:

  • Friday, December 5 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 7 at 3:00 pm, Rockefeller Chapel: Handel’s Messiah
  • Saturday, February 28 at 7:30 pm, Rockefeller Chapel: Sacred Power of Water with Rockefeller Chapel Choir
  • Saturday, April 25 at 8:00 pm, Mandel Hall: Concert with University Symphony Orchestra
  • Saturday, May 30 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, May 31 at 3:00 pm, Mandel Hall: Cathy Heifetz Memorial Concerts

Rehearsals: 

  • Mondays, 4:30-6:00pm, Bond Chapel
  • Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30pm, Logan Penthouse

Women's Ensemble • Mollie Stone, Director

The Women's Ensemble is made up primarily of undergraduate women at the University of Chicago. We explore classical repertoire from the Medieval era up through the present day, and music from polyphonic singing traditions across the world, including South Africa, Zimbabwe, the Republic of Georgia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Sweden, Norway, as well as a variety of American singing traditions. Through diverse repertoire, we strive to bring our voices together in powerful ways. This year we participated in the initiation of an annual collegiate women's choral festival, and we look forward to finding more ways to engage with the community at large.

2014-2015 Concert Dates:

  • Friday, December 5 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 7 at 3:00 pm, Rockefeller Chapel: Handel’s Messiah
  • Friday, March 6 at 7:00 pm, Logan Penthouse: Concert with University Chorus
  • Friday, May 15 at 7:30 pm, Rockefeller Chapel

Rehearsals: 

  • Mondays, 6:00-7:30 pm, Fulton Hall

Rockefeller Chapel Choir  •  James Kallembach, Director

This select choir of 30 to 40 voices performs sacred masterworks of all periods and styles for the weekly Sunday morning services at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. The full ensemble sings six or seven Sundays per academic quarter in a liturgical schedule that includes complete settings of the Mass, from Palestrina to Vaughan Williams, as well as selections from various World Music traditions. The Rockefeller Sixteen, chosen from within the larger group, sings two or three Sundays each quarter, and focuses on music written before 1700. The full Rockefeller Chapel Choir also presents a quarterly Choral Evensong program and two or three additional concerts each year. Recent seasons have featured Bach’s St. John Passion with period instruments as well as important world premieres of commissioned music. Membership in the Rockefeller Chapel Choir includes active professional singers from the Chicago area as well as auditioned students, faculty, and community members.

2014-2015 Concert Dates:

  • Friday, November 21 at 7:30 pm, Rockefeller Chapel: Schütz ‘Christmas History’
  • Friday, December 5 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 7 at 3:00 pm, Rockefeller Chapel: Handel’s Messiah
  • Saturday, February 28 at 7:30 pm, Rockefeller Chapel: Sacred Power of Water with Motet Choir
  • Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 pm, Rockefeller Chapel: J.S. Bach Mass in B minor
  • Saturday, June 6 at 4:30 pm, Rockefeller Chapel: Rockefeller Memorial Chapel Annual Gala Concert

Rehearsals: 

  • Thursdays, 7:00-9:30 pm, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel