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 generally presents three major concerts per year (one each quarter), and sings at convocations and special events on campus and throughout the Chicago area.

Rehearsals & Performances

Motet Choir rehearses on Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00 p.m. The Choir presents one concert each quarter.

2021-22 concerts:

  • Friday, November 12 at 8:00 p.m., Choral Union Concert
  • Sunday, January 30 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 6 & Saturday, May 7 at 8:00 p.m., University Symphony Orchestra with the University Choirs


Students interested in joining the Motet Choir must audition at the beginning of Autumn Quarter. Please visit the Auditions page for complete information including audition requirements.

Join Choral Directors James Kallembach and Mollie Stone for an interactive virtual information session about the Department of Music's vocal ensembles and programs on Thursday, September 16 at 7:00 p.m. CT. The event will be recorded and made available following the session. Please RSVP to attend.