Cornell University Chorus

Cornell University Chorus

Cornell University Chorus

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Founded in 1921 as the Cornell Women's Glee Club, the Cornell University Chorus' tradition of excellence has been formed by high standards of musical achievement and versatility from all corners of the university. The Chorus, under the skillful direction of Professor Scott Tucker since 1995, has a repertoire spanning eight centuries and ten languages, including masses, motets, spirituals, folk songs, and a variety of other classical and contemporary pieces. Aside from its constantly changing and increasing selection of women's music, the Chorus also performs major works with the Cornell University Glee Club, such as Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Handel's Messiah, and Bach's Mass in B Minor.

Raised to distinction by Professor Thomas Sokol, the group's director from 1957 to 1987, the Chorus performs annually during Convocation, Family Weekend, Senior Week, Commencement, and Reunions Weekend, and has fostered group unity through events such as weekend choral festivals and off-campus retreats. In addition to the concerts on campus, the Chorus also boasts extensive experience in professional settings, working under the baton of Nadia Boulanger, Eugene Ormandy, Erich Leinsdorf, Michael Tilson Thomas, Julius Rudel, and Karel Husa on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Philadelphia Academy of Music, and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. The Chorus has also been featured on two nationwide broadcasts: a special half hour on CBS radio, and an appearance...
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