A Cappella Chorus
The A Cappella Chorus of Abilene Christian University is dedicated to the study and performance of the finest choral literature of all musical eras. Begun in 1932 by the late Dr. Leonard Burford, it serves as the premier vocal ensemble on the ACU campus. In addition to major performances throughout the academic year, the A Cappella Chorus performs for university and community events and travels on an extended tour each year. The choir has traveled to Germany and Eastern Europe in addition to regular tours throughout Texas. The A Cappella Chorus has performed before the conventions of the Texas Music Educator’s Association (1982, 2005) and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (2004) and regularly collaborates with the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra on major choral-orchestral works, including Ein Deutsches Requiem (Brahms), Messa da Requiem (Verdi), Symphony No. 9 (Beethoven), Carmina Burana (Orff), and Lauda per la nativita del Signore (Respighi). In 2008, the choir performed on a national broadcast of Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion.
Membership is open to all students in the university through a competitive audition process. Auditions are held at the end of each spring semester.
The University Chorale of Abilene Christian University is dedicated to the study and performance of quality choral music from the great body of choral repertoire for the church and the concert hall. The choir regularly performs on campus, including the annual Homecoming Concert, Christmas Vespers, and ACU’s Mingle and Jingle. University Chorale meets three days a week during each semester and gives several major concerts a year, including combined performances of major works with the A Cappella Chorus. Membership is open by audition to all students.
ACU Chamber Singers
The ACU Chamber Singers is a select ensemble whose purpose is to explore the gamut of choral music with particular emphasis on early music and contemporary chamber music. The Chamber Singers perform at campus and community events, contributing to the artistic and academic life of the university. Auditions are highly competitive and are held at the end of the spring semester. Membership is open to all ACU students.
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