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The University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts

Mixed Choirs

Chorale

Director: Dr. Jefferson Johnson | Course No.: MUC 174
Audition Requirements: Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester.

"I feel strongly compelled to write to you after having witnessed Chorale's performance. As a relatively new teacher teaching in [an] at-risk school, I have been struggling with feeling disconnected from music-making. I have not made an emotional connection to music in quite some time because I feel as though I simply have nothing left to give at the end of the day. In light of that, Chorale's performance was like a wake up call. The entire set was beautifully and artfully done, of course, but what spoke to me - what brought tears to my eyes - was Indodana. I cannot tell you the last time that music resonated with me so strongly as to bring forth physical tears. Chorale's performance restored my soul and helped to renew my faith in what I do every day. So powerful. So wonderful. Thank you for making music."

-High School Choir Director

 
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.

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.


Choristers

Director:  Elizabeth L. Wilson, Conductor | Course No.: MUC 192/692
Audition Requirements: Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester.

Image of the Choristers during dress rehearsal for the 2016 Collage: A Holiday SpectacularThe Choristers is the oldest performing organization on campus. Filled with enthusiastic underclassmen and representing a wide variety of majors, the group frequently performs on and off of campus. The 80-voice mixed choir specializes in choral repertoire of all periods and styles, both a cappella and accompanied and also performs a major work each year with the UK Orchestra. They have also been featured with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra in the LPO's Unplugged and Untied Concert Series. The Choristers tours frequently throughout the region.