Chorale & Chapel Choir

Visit the Duke Chapel Choir's website for information about participating in this group.

The Duke University Chorale, the primary choral group of the Department of Music at Duke, is composed of 50 singers. Formed in 1970 when the Men’s and Women’s Glee Clubs were combined into a single choir, the Chorale performs numerous concerts throughout the year, both on and off campus, and tours annually during Duke’s Spring Break. In previous years the Chorale has toured China, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, England, Wales, Mexico, and many parts of the U.S. Their 2016 tour took them to Tampa, FL; Sarasota, FL; Amelia Island, FL; Charleston, SC; Columbia, SC; and
Wilmington, NC.

The Chorale’s repertoire features both sacred and secular music ranging from the Renaissance to contemporary works, from serious to relaxed music, and from unaccompanied works to pieces with piano and other instruments. In recent years the Chorale has also performed major works with the North Carolina Symphony and other professional orchestras, including the Brahms, Berlioz, and Mozart Requiems, Bach's St. John Passion, Mendelssohn’s St. Paul, Handel’s Israel in Egypt, and Britten's War Requiem.

Because of the Chorale’s strong ties to the university and community, they sing in such disparate venues as area nursing homes, official university events, and Duke basketball games. Their annual family-style Christmas program fills Duke Chapel to overflowing and supplies vast amounts of food for area homeless shelters.

The Chorale has been conducted by Rodney Wynkoop since 1984 and is accompanied by Mary Hamilton.

The Chorale's 2016-17 calendar (as of June 3)

Monday, Aug. 29 through Friday, Sept. 2 (10 am-5 pm), 036 Westbrook – AUDITIONS for new and returning singers

Tuesday, Aug. 30 (7:30-8:30 pm), 019 Biddle (Bone Hall) – open rehearsal

Friday-Saturday, Sept. 23 (6 pm) - Sept. 24 (5 pm)  Retreat at Camp Chestnut Ridge (includes 3 rehearsals)

Sunday, Oct. 30 (12:30-9:30 pm) – concert trip to Pinehurst, NC

Saturday, Nov. 5 (8 pm), Duke Chapel – Parents Weekend Concert, with Duke Symphony, and Duke Wind Symphony

Tuesday, Nov. 29 (7 pm), Duke Chapel – annual Chorale Christmas concert

Friday, Dec. 2 (ca. 4-8 pm) – caroling and concert at Durham Rescue Mission

Sunday, Feb. 26 (4 pm), Baldwin Auditorium – Kodaly Te Deum and Brahms Nänie

Friday, Mar. 10 – Sunday, Mar. 19 – SPRING TOUR to Central America

Tuesday, Mar. 21 (8 pm), Baldwin Auditorium – spring tour concert

Friday, Apr. 21 (8 pm), Biddle lobby – annual Chorale Celebration concert

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