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, Central America, and many parts of the U.S. Their 2019 tour took them to California.
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 2019-20 calendar
Saturday, Oct. 26, 8 pm concert, Baldwin Auditorium – Family Weekend Concert, with Duke Symphony Orchestra and Duke Wind Symphony
Tuesday, Dec. 3, 7 pm concert, Duke Chapel – annual Chorale Christmas concert
Friday, Feb. 7, 8 pm concert, Duke Chapel – Rutter Requiem and Vierne Mass for 2 Organs and Choir, with the Choral Society of Durham
Sunday, Mar. 8 – Saturday, Mar. 14 – SPRING TOUR to Florida
Tuesday, Mar. 17, 7:30 pm concert, Baldwin Auditorium – spring tour concert
Friday, Apr. 24, 8 pm concert, Biddle lobby – annual Chorale Celebration concert
Visit the Duke Chapel Choir's website for information about participating in the Chapel Choir.