The University Chorale, a choir of 80-100 singers, performs a wide variety of music each semester ranging from classical styles to multi-cultural works and popular music. This ensemble is open to music majors and non-majors by audition. The University Chorale is comprised of students from over twenty-five majors across campus. Each semester, the Chorale presents featured concerts alone and with other university ensembles, including the GMU Symphony Orchestra. The University Chorale has been a featured choir at the Virginia Music Educators Conference, and performs a popular Broadway Showcase each spring semester to sold out audiences.
All choruses present a regular concert series and often collaborate with other George Mason University performing ensembles from the Schools of Music, Dance, and Theater. The University Chorale has performed at numerous University events including the Inauguration of President Cabrera and for a special visit by President Barack Obama. Alumni of the University Chorale are leaders in the Northern Virginia community and beyond in many diverse fields including teaching, performing and government positions.
In addition to performing on campus in the Center for the Arts, choral groups have presented concerts throughout the Greater Washington area. Members of the University Chorale recently had the opportunity to perform at the famed Carnegie Hall in New York City May 28, 2019 under Dr. Billingham’s direction.
Touring activities for all choral ensembles include travel throughout Virginia, as well as participation in U.S. music festivals around the country. Mason students routinely participate in performance opportunities abroad, with ensembles or individually. Through Mason’s Global Education Office, students are offered wonderful opportunities to travel around the world to experience culture and music. Members of the University Chorale traveled to Nairobi, Kenya during spring break of 2019 on a grant from the GEO Office.
#aVoice4Peace represents choirs from around the world to celebrate and promote the UN's International Day of Peace 2018.
Posted by George Mason University Chorale on Friday, September 21, 2018
2019 Fall Performance Calendar for University Chorale
September 27 – National Anthem at NATS Mason Day in DC
October 20 – Fall Choral Invitational with University Singers and guest choir Gainsville Community Choir under the direction of MM Conducting student Jacob Lash. 3 PM Center for the Arts, GMU Campus.
November 5 – National Anthem at Eagle Bank Arena, GMU Campus
November 17 – Concert with University Singers. 4 PM Harris Theater, GMU Campus.