An Evening of Choirs

An Evening of Choirs

The two auditioned traditional mixed choirs of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Glenn Korff School of Music will offer an eclectic mix of choral music spanning various time periods while honoring the contributions of composers from a variety of backgrounds and identities. The choirs will combine at the end to sing a celebratory song by Midwest composer, Elaine Hagenberg.

Advanced ticket reservations are not required for this in-person event. All tickets are free and will be assigned socially-distant general admission at the door.

Chamber Singers

Director: Dr. Marques L. A. Garrett

The Chamber Singers is the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s vocal chamber ensemble. A small choir of 16-24 voices, it is intended to provide the highest level of choral chamber-specific performance experience for graduate and undergraduate singers at the Glenn Korff School of Music and throughout the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. The ensemble is open to all majors. The choir explores a broad range of repertoire specializing in literature for unaccompanied and contemporary small vocal chamber ensembles including works from early music eras as well as contemporary literature.

The Chamber Singers have been privileged to perform for and work with many guest conductors and composers including Ola Gjeilo, André Thomas, Mack Wilberg, Doreen Rao, William Hatcher, and Eph Ehly, and in performance collaboration with The American Boychoir. They specialize in performing concerts in beautiful and unique spaces including the Sheldon Museum of Art's Great Hall, St. Mark's on the Campus, the International Quilt Museum, and the State Capitol Rotunda. The Singers have also enjoyed collaborations with the Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra and UNL chamber instrumental ensembles. Many of their members have served as the core vocal ensemble for UNL's 'Bach's Lunch' held in the nearby campus student chapel on select Fridays at noon.

Membership in the Chamber Singers is determined by audition. Rehearsals are 250 minutes a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:10 and Fridays from 2:30 to 3:20.

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University Singers

Director: Dr. Peter Eklund

University Singers, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's premiere and historic flagship choral ensemble, presents the finest and most versatile choral singers in the entire University. While many of the choir's singers are music majors, students from throughout the University are encouraged to audition and participate. Rehearsals are 250 minutes a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3:10 and on Fridays from 1:30 to 2:20.

This ensemble performs music from the thirteenth century through the present, including works written especially for it. University Singers has performed repeatedly for state conventions of the Nebraska Choral Directors Association and the Nebraska Music Educators Association, and at regional and national venues including the North Central Division Conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, regional and national meetings of the Music Educators National Conference, and regional ACDA conventions. In 2001, 2008, and 2016, the choir was featured on a prestigious 8:00 pm solo performance at Carnegie Hall. The have toured internationally and will tour France in 2020 via generous funding from the Hixson-Lied Endowment, the Dean's office, and the Glenn Korff School of Music.

It has performed with numerous orchestras and has worked under renowned composers, pedagogues, and conductors/artists/scholars/performers (reading like a Who’s Who): Dale Warland, René Clausen, Don V Moses, Lee Kjelsen, Joshua Rifkin, Jeremy Jackman, Weston Noble, Simon Carrington, Sir David Willcocks, William Hatcher, Malcolm Dalglish, Anton Armstrong, Ann Howard Jones, Phil Mattson, Bobby McFerrin, William Warfield, Mack Wilberg, Eph Ehly, André Thomas, the Swingle Singer, Doreen Rao, and the late Moses Hogan, Margaret Hillis, and Robert Shaw (at least four times), to name just a few.

Under the current director, Dr. Peter A. Eklund, a list of recent and planned repertoire includes Bach's B Minor Mass, the Duruflé Requiem, Britten's War Requiem, the Verdi Requiem, Tallis’ 40-part motet Spem in Alium, Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42 and Elijah, Honegger’s King David, the Brahms Requiem (three times: once in German, once in English—both with full orchestra, and also the London version with duo pianos), Orff's Carmina Burana (numerous times), Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, the Fauré Requiem, the Mozart Requiem, Walton's Belshazzar’s Feast, Liszt’s Christus, Hindemith’s When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd, Bruckner’s Mass #2, Handel's Messiah, Beethoven's Mass in C, Puccini's Messa di Gloria, Haydn's Harmoniemesse and Lord Nelson Mass, Jongen's Mass Opus 130, and Petr Eben's Prager Te Deum. Further, it has participated as the chorus the operas Elixir of Love and La Bohème.

The choir has a rich list of distinguished alumni that have gone on to lead choirs and music departments at major universities and Schools of Music across the country over the last 130+ years (and at least two alums have gone on to be ACDA National Presidents).

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