The UK Chorale is the premier mixed choral ensemble at the University of Kentucky. It consists mostly of upperclassmen and graduate students. While the majority of singers are music majors, there are a number of other academic disciplines represented in this group. The Chorale prides itself in performing a wide variety of choral literature from Renaissance to 21st Century. The UK Chorale has been fortunate enough to work with many talented composers, conductors and performers. Their most recent experience included meeting and working with composer Stacey V. Gibbs, and with Ivo Antognini the preceding summer during their international trip to Italy. Prior to that they were invited to sing with the Boston Pops in a massive collaborative concert, singing everything from “Bohemian Rhapsody” to the “You're a Grand Old Flag,” and they were led by the illustrious Keith Lockhart.
In 2010, the UK Chorale was given the opportunity to perform in what seemed like a once in a lifetime event: the FEI World Equestrian Games. During the rehearsal period, they met many celebrated performers. They worked closely with opera greats Denyce Graves and Cynthia Lawrence, classical musician Ronan Tynan and country singer Wynonna Judd, just to name a few. Chorale has received regional and national awards, and has toured extensively with recent performances in Italy and Switzerland, France (Cathedral of Notre Dame, Chartres Cathedral, American Cathedral in Paris, and La Madeleine Church; Washington, D.C. (Kennedy Center); the Bahamas (private performance in the Presidential Palace); and New York City (Carnegie Hall). They have collaborated with numerous artists including The King's Singers, violinist Mark O’Connor, the Boston Pops Orchestra, and tenor Ronan Tynan. For years, the choirs at the University of Kentucky have made a commitment to acts of service within the Lexington area. During the holiday season, members of the Chorale carol at the Markey Cancer Center and the UK Children's Hospital. Each member takes great honor in serving and inspiring the community.
The UK Chorale is constantly working on exciting new music, and they always have something planned for the future. For more information about Ivo Antognini’s music, and to hear the UK Chorale perform his piece, “There Will Come Soft Rains,” visit http://www.ivoantognini.com/MUSIC_COMPOSER/Videos.html, to learn more about Stacey Gibbs’ music, visit http://www.sbmp.com/ComposerPage.php?ComposerNum=0279.
University of Kentucky Chorale Mission Statement
The University of Kentucky Chorale fosters excellence in music, service, and comradeship. We strive to blend our diverse voices into one choir that achieves the highest level of professionalism and musicianship. Through our unparalleled discipline and dedication, we proudly extend our reach beyond the boundaries of our campus and into our community, our country, and our world.