Cornell University Chorus
Appearing in the concert Music U., performed on April 19, 2015 at Carnegie Hall.
The Cornell University Chorus, founded in 1921, is Cornell’s premier treble voice ensemble. Since 2001, the Chorus has made it a special point to commission new works from women composers with the goal of expanding the contemporary repertoire for treble voices. Comprised of 50 women from a variety of backgrounds, both academic and otherwise, the Chorus performs a repertoire spanning eight centuries and ten languages, including masses, motets, spirituals, and folk, with a variety of other classical and contemporary pieces.
The Chorus performs annually throughout the academic year for a multitude of university events, including Convocation, First Year Family Weekend, Senior Week, Commencement, and Reunions weekend. In addition, the Chorus boasts extensive experience in professional settings, having appeared on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Philadelphia Academy of Music, and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. The Chorus has also had the privilege of working with renowned world musician Samite, of Uganda, and with Anonymous 4 in a production of Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light.
The ensemble has made numerous successful tours of New England, the Midwest, Canada, and, most recently, California. The Chorus also travels to other institutions for competitions and festivals and has performed with other groups, such as the Toronto Women’s Chorus and the Penn State Glee Club.