Carolina Choir is the UNC Music Department’s select concert choir of 75 singers devoted to the performance of the finest choral literature at the highest level. Its membership is drawn from the entire student body and is made up of undergraduate and graduate students from many different departments.
Carolina Choir’s repertoire ranges from sacred and secular a cappella music of all periods to the choral/orchestral masterworks. Under the direction of Professor Susan Klebanow, the ensemble has performed, among other works, Stravinsky’s Les Noces, Tallis’ Spem in alium, the Monteverdi Vespers, Barber’s Prayers of Kierkegaard with the UNC Symphony Orchestra, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with all of the UNC choral ensembles and orchestra, and J. S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor with Ensemble Courant, UNC’s original instrument ensemble. Carolina Choir recently gave the world premiere performance of Stephen Anderson’s oratorio Isaiah, and Marjorie Merryman’s Beauty, Grief and Grandeur, a newly commissioned work written for Prof. Klebanow and the choir for the 10 x 10 commissioning project sponsored by the UNC Music Department and the Office of the Executive Director for the Arts.
In addition to its frequent collaborations with the UNC Symphony and Ensemble Courant, Carolina Choir has been heard with other outstanding instrumental ensembles, including performances of Philip Glass’ A Toltec Symphony with the Bruckner Orchestra of Linz conducted by Dennis Russell Davies, Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert with the N.C. Jazz Repertory Orchestra conducted by David Berger, the Verdi Requiem with the Wheeling Symphony in West Virginia conducted by Rachael Worby, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the European Union Youth Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor, and numerous works with the North Carolina Symphony conducted by Gerhardt Zimmermann, Andrew Litton, William Henry Curry, and James Gaffigan.
We hope you will join us for the coming season!
Audition information is available here.