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Choral Program

Greetings!

The University of Mount Union offers a comprehensive choral music program, which is open to ALL students, not just students who major or minor in music; we take great pride in the fact that our vocal/choral ensembles are comprised of musicians from virtually every academic discipline on campus. Whatever your academic interests, we encourage you to continue singing at the University of Mount Union! Beyond this, Mount Union offers generous scholarships for music majors AND non-music music majors alike; one does NOT need to major in music to receive one of our many choral participation scholarships.

In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to visit our beautiful campus and to attend (and even participate in) a choral rehearsal of your choice.  The Fifty-voice Concert Choir meets Monday afternoons from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. The forty-five voice women’s ensemble, known as Cantus Femina, also meets three days per week: MWF from 3 to 4:05 p.m.  Please know that you are welcome at any time, and that I am more than happy to facilitate your campus visit—just let me know! If you have any questions about the Department of Music or the choral music program at Mount, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Come, sing with us...

Dr. Grant W. Cook III
Director of Choral Activities

 

Mount Union Concert Choir

The University of Mount Union Concert Choir is among the oldest collegiate choirs in the United States, tracing its roots to 1896. The distinguished legacy of the choral program at Mount Union is one that is deeply rooted in the very history of the institution, encompassing the contributions of several distinguished American conductors, including Robert Fountain (1942-1946), who went on to lead renowned choral programs at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and The University of Wisconsin, and Bruce Browne (1972-1976), emeritus professor of choral studies and voice at Portland State University and conductor laureate of the Portland Symphonic Choir. Under the direction of Cecil "Pop" Stewart (1946-1972) the Concert Choir gained international acclaim. In 1966, the beloved Stewart led the Choir on an around-the-world tour. Dubbed "Peace Through Understanding," the 48-day tour visited Alaska, Japan, Southeast Asia, Near East, Greece, Italy, England and France. Professor Stewart was known for his exacting standard, inspired leadership and, above all, unwavering devotion to Mount Union. 

Open by audition to all students on campus, the Concert Choir comprises musicians from a wide variety of academic disciplines and, thus, truly respresents the University's strong liberal arts foundation. Serving as an ambassador of the University, the Concert Choir performs annually throughout the continental United States and undertakes an international tour every four years. The Concert Choir is dedicated to the rehearsal and performance of the highest quality choral literature from the Renaissance through the 21st century, including spirituals, gospel music, folk songs, and music celebrating a global perspective. Recent performances include Joseph Haydn's Mass in B-flat, the so-class Theresienmesse, Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 9 in D minor, op. 125, and "Choral Fantasy" in c minor, op. 180 with the Canton Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under the baton of Maestro Gerhardt Zimmerman. 

RACHEL BOYCE LANG INTERNATIONAL CHOIR TOUR

In 2006, the Rachel Boyce Lang Foundation generously established an endowed fund that reinstated Mount Union’s international choir tour after nearly three decades of purely domestic travel. The Rachel Boyce Lang International Choir Tour fund sponsors, in part, a life-enriching global touring experience for choir members once every four years.