The Old Dominion University Concert Choir consists of 60 to 75 auditioned singers at the graduate and undergraduate level. The majority of the singers are music majors; however, multiple disciplines are represented among the choir, including engineering, education, medical sciences and graphic arts.
The ODU Concert Choir has performed extensively throughout the region, including performances at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and St. Patrick's Cathedral, Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York City. The ensemble's international performances are numerous, including a tour of Scotland, singing concerts at the historic St. Columba Abbey of Iona and St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, and a featured performance at the European Music Educators Association Conference in Italy. The Concert Choir recorded an award-winning double album in Tokyo, Japan with the JASDF Wind Ensemble.
The choir has premiered works by Adolphus Hailstork, Daniel Pinkham, John Dayve and Steven Melillo. In addition, they have premiered the works of seven living composers at the College Music Society National Conference, and are regular performers at the Virginia Music Educators Association Conferences. Dr. Nancy K. Klein has directed the University Concert Choir since 1986.
Upcoming Performance Repertoire
Requiem, W.A. Mozart
- To be performed with the ODU Symphony Orchestra in November 2014
- To be performed at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach, VA in February 2015
Recent Major Works Performed
Polovetsian Dances, Borodin
Schicksalslied, Johannes Brahms
Lux Aeterna, Morten Lauredsin
Requiem, Gabriel Faure
Te Deum, Anton Bruckner
Magnificat in D, J.S. Bach
Vesperae Solennes de confessore, KV 339, W. A. Mozart
Messiah, G.F. Handel
Song of Democracy, Howard Hanson
Les Miserables, concert version