Choral Ensembles

Choral_Ensembles

Under the leadership of James Kallembach, Director of Choral Activities, the University Chorus, the Motet Choir, and Rockefeller Chapel Choir are the three choruses at the University of Chicago. 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.

2013-14 CONCERT DATES:

  • Friday, December 6 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, December 8 at 3:00 pm, Rockefeller Chapel: Handel’s Messiah
  • Sunday, March 9 at 3:00 pm, Rockefeller Chapel: Choral Festival concert
  • Saturday, May 31 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, June 1 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 2011 the Motet Choir tour included performances in Pittsburgh, Washington (D.C.), Philadelphia, New Jersey, Connecticut, and New York City.

2013-2014 Concert Dates:

  • Saturday, October 19 at 5:30 pm, Logan Center Penthouse: Parents Weekend
  • Friday, December 6 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, December 8 at 3:00 pm, Rockefeller Chapel: Handel’s Messiah
  • December 14-21, multiple locations: East Coast Tour
  • Friday, January 17 at 7:30 pm, Cathey Learning Center: Homecoming Concert
  • Sunday, March 9 at 3:00 pm, Rockefeller Chapel: Choral Festival concert
  • Saturday, May 31 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, June 1 at 3:00 pm, Mandel Hall: Cathy Heifetz Memorial Concerts
  • Sunday, June 8 at 8:00 pm, Rockefeller Chapel: Alumni Weekend

Rehearsals: 

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

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.

2013-2014 Concert Dates:

  • Sunday, November 24 at 3:00 pm, Rockefeller Chapel: J.S. Bach: ‘Christmas Oratorio’
  • Sunday, March 9 at 3:00 pm, Rockefeller Chapel: Choral Festival concert
  • Sunday, April 13 at 3:00 pm: MacMillan, Rockefeller Chapel: ‘St John Passion’
  • Saturday, June 7 at 4:30 pm, Rockefeller Chapel: Rockefeller Memorial Chapel Annual Gala Concert

Rehearsals: 

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