The Oratorio Society of Minnesota is an auditioned choral ensemble based in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, now in its 43rd Season. In addition to its annual season concerts, OSM offers its youth and community engagement programs
Viva Coro! and Summer Chorus. We challenge and delight our audiences and singers through dynamic and diverse choral music performed with skill and passion. Our civic engagement and educational programs foster lifelong choral singing.

"Twin Cities' foremost presenter of large-scale works for chorus and orchestra."
Pioneer Press (11/2016)

Upcoming Concert

Sunday, April 16, 2023 3:00pm at Saint Thomas More Catholic Church

LOVE

Sunday, April 16, 2023 3:00pm at Saint Thomas More Catholic Church

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Our 2022-2023 Concert Season

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  • 2022-2023
  • 2021-2022
  • 2020-2021
  • 2019-2020
  • 2018-2019
  • 2017-2018
  • 2016-2017
  • 2015-2016
  • 2014-2015
  • 2013-2014
  • 2012-2013
Friday, November 2, 2012 7:30pm at Sundin Music Hall, Hamline University

Purcell: Dido & Aeneas

Friday, November 2, 2012 7:30pm at Sundin Music Hall, Hamline University

Enjoy our performance of Pucell's unique English Baroque composition based on Virgil's Aeneid.

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Saturday, March 16, 2013 7:30pm at Janet Wallace Center, Macalester College

Schuman: Casey at the Bat

Saturday, March 16, 2013 7:30pm at Janet Wallace Center, Macalester College

The Mudville Nine are losing by two runs with two outs in the ninth as The Mighty Casey comes to bat. Schuman's cantata is based on the Ernest Thayer's classic poem of the same name.

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Saturday, May 11, 2013 7:30pm at Hamline United Methodist Church

Brahms: Requiem

Saturday, May 11, 2013 7:30pm at Hamline United Methodist Church

On this Mother's Day weekend, we present an all-Brahms concert - Psaml 13, Ave Maria, and his masterpiece, Ein Deutsches Requiem.

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Saturday, July 27, 2013 7:30pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall

Summer Chorus 2013

Saturday, July 27, 2013 7:30pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall

Enjoy the annual festival & commuity engagement sponsored jointly by the University of Minnesota and the Oratorio Society of Minnesota. The 2013 concert will feature Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and Poulenc's Gloria.

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Sunday, November 24, 2013 3:00pm at Colonia Church of Edina

Whitbourn: Annelies

Sunday, November 24, 2013 3:00pm at Colonia Church of Edina

Enjoy the splendor of the Colonial Church in Edina for a moving musical journey featuring the Diary of Anne Frank.

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Saturday, March 8, 2014 7:30pm at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral

The Music of Downton Abbey

Saturday, March 8, 2014 7:30pm at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral

Enjoy the Gothic splendor of St. Mark's Cathedral for a program of post-Edwardian English choral and orchestral music.

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Saturday, May 10, 2014 7:30pm at Hamline United Methodist Church

Let My People Go

Saturday, May 10, 2014 7:30pm at Hamline United Methodist Church

Take a journey back in time to explore the music and history of the Underground Railroad.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014 7:30pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall

Summer Chorus 2014

Saturday, July 26, 2014 7:30pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall

Annual festival & community engagement concert sponsored jointly by the University of Minnesota and the Oratorio Society of Minnesota.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014 7:30pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall

Mendelsohn: Saint Paul

Saturday, November 15, 2014 7:30pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall

Featuring the story of the patron saint of Minnesota's capital city, Saint Paul was Mendelssohn's first oratorio.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014 7:30pm at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral

A Downtown Abbey Christmas

Saturday, December 13, 2014 7:30pm at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral

Enjoy the Gothic splendor of St. Mark's Cathedral for a program of post-Edwardian English Christmas choral and orchestral music.

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Saturday, March 14, 2015 7:30pm at Augustana Lutheran Church

To Fly Unbounded

Saturday, March 14, 2015 7:30pm at Augustana Lutheran Church

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything." – Plato

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Saturday, May 16, 2015 7:30pm at Roseville Lutheran Church

Honegger: King David

Saturday, May 16, 2015 7:30pm at Roseville Lutheran Church

King David is a three-part dramatic oratorio telling the biblical story of David that OSM first performed in 1982 in the original French.

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Saturday, August 1, 2015 7:30pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall

Great Opera Choruses

Saturday, August 1, 2015 7:30pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall

The Summer Chorus is an annual festival chorus sponsored by the Oratorio Society of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota School of Music. Participation is open to all; no auditions required!

This year's performance features Great Opera Choruses, performed with full orchestra and soloists.

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Saturday, November 21, 2015 7:30pm at Ordway Concert Hall

Remembrance Day Concert

Saturday, November 21, 2015 7:30pm at Ordway Concert Hall

Midwest premiere of Jeffrey Van's "Reaping the Whirlwind/The Harvest of War"
Buy tickets through an OSM Member for discounted price of $40/$30/$20.

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Friday, April 15, 2016 8:00pm at Cathedral of Saint Paul

Friday, April 15, 2016 8:00pm at Basilica of Saint Mary

Voices of Light

Friday, April 15, 2016 8:00pm at Cathedral of Saint Paul

Friday, April 15, 2016 8:00pm at Basilica of Saint Mary

Twin Cities premiere of Richard Einhorn's "Voices of Light," a stunning evening of music and film.

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Saturday, August 6, 2016 7:30pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall

Mendelssohn: Elijah

Saturday, August 6, 2016 7:30pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall

After the August 26, 1846 premiere, Mendelssohn described his triumph to his brother: No work of mine ever went so admirably at its first performance, nor was received with such enthusiasm by both the musicians and the audience.

Preconcert Conversation with Peter Mercer-Taylor

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Friday, November 18, 2016 7:30pm at St. Thomas More Catholic Church

Greater Love: In Search of the Hidden Road

Friday, November 18, 2016 7:30pm at St. Thomas More Catholic Church

Featuring Benjamin Britten's Cantata Misericordium, Britten's Saint Nicolas and Howard Goodall: selections from The Beatitudes: Pro Eis Solitariis (For Those that are lonely), Pro Eis Sine Domo (For the stateless)

Roseville Area High School Bel Canto
Kellen McMillen, conductor

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Friday, April 28, 2017 7:30pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall

Randall Thompson: Requiem

Friday, April 28, 2017 7:30pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall

OSM presents a world premiere of Requiem: A Dramatic Dialogue in Five Parts, Randall Thompson's setting for Double Chorus and Double String Orchestra.

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Saturday, August 5, 2017 7:30pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall

Summer Chorus 2017: Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem

Saturday, August 5, 2017 7:30pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall

OSM celebrates the 150th Anniversary Year of the work Brahms labored over for 11 years, creating what is considered his Magnum Opus, a requiem which seeks to comfort the living who must deal with and accept death.

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Friday, November 10, 2017 7:30pm at Ordway Concert Hall

Better is Peace - The Music of Karl Jenkins

Friday, November 10, 2017 7:30pm at Ordway Concert Hall

In observance of Veterans Day 2017, OSM presents a program dedicated to the universal longing for world peace. Joining the OSM chorus and orchestra will be the Prior Lake High School Concert Choir as part of OSM's Viva Coro! youth engagement program.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018 7:30pm at Ordway Concert Hall

The Greatest Generation - An American Oratorio

Saturday, May 12, 2018 7:30pm at Ordway Concert Hall

OSM has partnered with composer Roger Ames and writers Elizabeth Bassine and Dan Kehde to create a multimedia production of actors, chorus, orchestra and film entitled The Greatest Generation.

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Saturday, August 4, 2018 7:30pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall

Summer Chorus 2018: Leonard Bernstein at 100

Saturday, August 4, 2018 7:30pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall

The Oratorio Society of Minnesota is proud to join the worldwide celebration of the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, the composer, the conductor, educator, musician, cultural ambassador, and humanitarian.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018 3:30pm at Northrop Auditorium
Carlson Family Stage

Lest We Forget

Sunday, November 11, 2018 3:30pm at Northrop Auditorium
Carlson Family Stage

LEST WE FORGET
World War I Armistice Centenary Concert

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Saturday, April 13, 2019 7:30pm at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral

Saturday, April 13, 2019 7:30pm at Hamline Church

Victoria - A Life in Music

Saturday, April 13, 2019 7:30pm at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral

Saturday, April 13, 2019 7:30pm at Hamline Church

Victoria - A Life in Music will include actors, soloists, chorus, orchestra and organ and will focus on milestones from the Queen's incredible reign of almost 64 years.

If you enjoyed "The Music of Downton Abbey" and "A Downton Abbey Christmas," you won't want to miss this concert.

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Saturday, August 3, 2019 7:30pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall

Summer Chorus 2019: A Night at the Opera

Saturday, August 3, 2019 7:30pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall

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Friday, November 15, 2019 7:30pm at Basilica of Saint Mary

The French Connection - from Fauré to Duruflé

Friday, November 15, 2019 7:30pm at Basilica of Saint Mary

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Sunday, February 23, 2020 3:00pm at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral

Choral Evensong

Sunday, February 23, 2020 3:00pm at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021 7:30pm at Virtual

Global Choral Traditions

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 7:30pm at Virtual

copy link: www.themendelssohn.org/choir/global-choral-traditions/

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021 8:00pm at Virtual

Candid Conversations

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 8:00pm at Virtual

copy link: www.themendelssohn.org/choir/candid-conversations/

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Sunday, April 24, 2022 3:00pm at Westwood Lutheran Church

Eternal Light - A Requiem

Sunday, April 24, 2022 3:00pm at Westwood Lutheran Church

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Saturday, July 30, 2022 7:30pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall

Summer Chorus 2022: Rodgers and Hammerstein

Saturday, July 30, 2022 7:30pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall

Presenting the most-loved songs from the musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein, including The Sound of Music, Carousel, South Pacific, Oklahoma, The King and I, and others.

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Sunday, November 6, 2022 3:00pm at Saint Thomas More Catholic Church

Haydn: The Creation

Sunday, November 6, 2022 3:00pm at Saint Thomas More Catholic Church

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Sunday, April 16, 2023 3:00pm at Saint Thomas More Catholic Church

LOVE

Sunday, April 16, 2023 3:00pm at Saint Thomas More Catholic Church

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Support the Oratorio Society

The Oratorio Society has been celebrating choral music since 1980, thanks to our many friends and supporters. Your continued generosity will help us to provide wonderful musical experiences for years to come, and will enable us to continue to keep ticket prices low so we can make great choral music accessible to all.

We will recognize your generosity in each concert program, listing contributors as shown to the right:

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Contributors   $1 - $49
Friends   $50 - $99
Donors   $100 - $249
Supporters   $250 - $499
Patrons   $500 - $999
Partners   $1,000 - $2,499
Benefactors   $2,500+

Contribute by Check

If you prefer to donate by check, make it payable to “Oratorio Society of Minnesota” and give to any chorus member, bring it to a concert, or mail to:

Oratorio Society of Minnesota
P.O. Box 131814
St. Paul, MN 55113

The Oratorio Society is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) corporation. Donations are tax deductible as permitted by law.

Employer Matching Program

Ask your employer if they have a “matching gifts program” to match your contribution. If so, this is an easy way to double or triple your contribution, at no additional cost to you!

Our "Wish List"

Another way you can support the Oratorio Society is through donation of goods and services. These donations are also tax deductible. Currently, we are looking for:

  • Printing of our brochures & programs
  • Photography for publicity photos
For more information, or if you'd like to make a donation, please send us a email.

Viva Coro!

Viva Coro 2015

Viva Coro!, the Oratorio Society's youth engagement program, aims to inspire the next next generation of singers to be lifelong participants in choral music.

Viva Coro! invites high school-age singers to rehearse and perform a choral masterwork with the Oratorio Society and a professional orchestra.

For more information about the program, please send us an email.

Viva Coro 2015

Participants Comments

"It was incredible! It's one thing to listen to the Requiem with the orchestra and a full choir, but another thing to be part of it. It was like an out-of-body experience. No! It actually was!"
Henry, age 18
"It was just kind of like, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh"
Bethany, age 17
"I'd have to agree with that. Singing with 82 adult singers, with them and the sound they can make, is a very special experience."
Sam, age 17

Our Viva Coro! program provides wonderful benefits to high school singers, who get a chance to enjoy performing great choral works with professional orchestra and the Oratorio Society.

Summer Chorus

Held yearly during the month of July, Summer Chorus is a collaboration between the Oratorio Society of Minnesota
and the University of Minnesota School of Music.

Please check back for information on summer chorus 2023.

Auditions

Requesting and Audition
Please email Matthew Mehaffey, Artistic Director, at mehaffey@umn.edu to set up a date and time.

Audition Process
Please read the following information carefully before requesting an audition – you will be asked to:

  • Bring a prepared solo to sing
    Bring a copy for yourself and a bound copy for the accompanist. Note: the melody of a hymn tune is also acceptable, but you must bring a harmonized version of it for the accompanist.
  • Vocalize
    To the high and low extremes of your range
    Sing back pitch recall exercises
    Sight read a selection provided
    The whole process takes about 10-15 minutes.

Location
Auditions are held at Macalester Plymouth United Church (see rehearsal venue below)

Rehearsal Venue

 

Artistic Staff

Matthew Mehaffey

Artistic Director Matthew Mehaffey

begins his tenth season at the helm of the Oratorio Society of Minnesota. He is also Associate Professor of Music at the University of Minnesota, where he conducts the University Singers and Men’s Chorus, and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Conducting and Literature. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Mehaffey holds degrees from Bucknell University (B.M.), Westminster Choir College (M.M.), and the University of Arizona (D.M.A).

Recent engagements include work with Washington National Opera, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Proms, VocalEssence, Minnesota Chorale, Singers in Accord, and Turner Network Television. He has lectured nationally and internationally on the topic of rehearsal technique and is a frequent guest conductor of festival choruses. He is the author of Choral Ensemble Intonation and the editor of Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir, both for GIA Publications. He recently co-authored (with colleague Kathy Romey) a chapter on American choral music for the internationally released The Cambridge Companion to Choral Music. Additionally, Dr. Mehaffey serves as Director of Music at Hamline United Methodist Church in St. Paul. He enjoys golf, baseball, and curling in his spare time. He lives with his wife Libby, daughters Veda, Colette, and Summer, and their dog Bettis.

Yichen Liang

Accompanist Yichen Liang

Born in Suzhou, China, Yichen Liang is currently pursuing a DMA in Collaborative Piano at University of Minnesota Twin-Cities, studying with Timothy Lovelace. He studied piano performance with Edward Auer, and collaborative piano with Futaba Niekawa and Charles Prestinari at Indiana University. He got his undergraduate degree in Music Education at Shanghai Normal University. As a pianist, he participated in masterclasses with Peter Bithell, Kevin Kenner etc. Active as a versatile performer, he has played and sung in many performances of solo, chamber, and choral settings across Asia and the United States.

Dr. George S.T. Chu

Conductor Laureate George S.T. Chu

George Chu founded the Oratorio Society in 1980 and served as its Artistic Director until May 2008, when he was named its first Conductor Laureate.
As professor of music and choral activities at Hamline University, Dr. Chu directs the A Cappella Choir, an ensemble which gives students — most are non-music majors — an opportunity to sing the finest choral music and tour internationally. Dr. Chu's love of teaching resulted in a unique expansion of the Oratorio Society's activities — Viva Coro! high school choral workshops, with an emphasis on leadership.
His musical training includes a bachelor's degree from Yale University (1969) and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Indiana University (1979), where he studied with Julius Herford.
 George S.T. Chu

Administration

The Oratorio Society, a nonprofit corporation, is governed by a Board of Directors. Day-to-day affairs are handled mainly by volunteers. The Oratorio Society thrives on the energy and support of its chorus members and friends.

OSM Board

Board of Directors

The Society's Board of Directors consists of elected members who serve three-year terms, and the Artistic Director, an ex officio member. The current directors collectively have over 60 years of board experience, including service on nonprofit boards of directors in the arts, civic groups, and churches. This significant experience helps effectively guide and provide oversight to the Society's mission and activities.

Board Members 2020-2021

  • Briar Duffy
  • Mark Gustafson
  • Peter Heege
  • Karen Jollie
  • Cindy Oberg-Hauser
  • Don Oberg-Hauser
  • Rick Saumer
  • Matthew Mehaffey, Artistic Director (ex officio)

Administration Team

  • Mark Stange, House Manager
  • David Fielding, Programming Administrator
  • Volker and Kim Petersen, Webmasters

Publications

  • Andrew Stoebig, Program Notes
  • Phyllis Sherman, Editor