Jan. 13, Feb. 3, Mar. 3 - 7:30pm EST; Apr. 10 - 11am EST
Discussions led by choral experts

Wednesday, January 13, 2021, Lonnie Norwood, Gospel Music
Wednesday, February 3, 2021, Suzannah Park, Music of Appalachia
Wednesday, March 3, 2021, Elitsa Stoyneva Krastev, Bulgarian Folk Singing
Saturday, April 10, 2021, Bongani Magatyana, Traditional South African Music

Information Registration

AUGUST 8 MEMBER EVENT: All current and former chorus members are invited to the OSM 40th Anniversary Get-Together on Monday, August 9th from 5 to 9:00 pm at Blackhawk Park Pavilion in Eagan. Please use this Facebook link to RSVP and include any guests. Anniversary Event or email your RSVP to: oratorio.society.mn@gmail.com

Fall Member Information: We will begin rehearsals as a choir on Monday, November 8. We will plan to rehearse leading up to the holidays and then resume in January with a concert planned for February 5, 2022. The repertoire for this concert is still undecided. We will also be doing a concert in late April. This concert will have an orchestra and will be the Haydn Creation! Summer Chorus 2022 will be a concert of Jocelyn Hagen's Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci, and participants will be invited to participate in a concert tour of this piece to Croatia in August 2022. To get more info on the tour fill out this form:
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"Twin Cities' foremost presenter of large-scale works for chorus and orchestra."
Pioneer Press (11/2016)

The Oratorio Society of Minnesota is an auditioned choral ensemble based in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, now in its 42nd 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.

Our 2021-2022 Concert Season

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  • 2019-2020
  • 2018-2019
  • 2017-2018
  • 2016-2017
  • 2015-2016
  • 2014-2015
  • 2013-2014
  • 2012-2013
Friday, November 2, 2012 12:00pm at Sundin Music Hall, Hamline University

Purcell: Dido & Aeneas

Friday, November 2, 2012 12:00pm 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 12:00pm at Janet Wallace Center, Macalester College

Schuman: Casey at the Bat

Saturday, March 16, 2013 12:00pm 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 12:00pm at Hamline United Methodist Church

Brahms: Requiem

Saturday, May 11, 2013 12:00pm 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 12:00pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall

Summer Chorus 2013

Saturday, July 27, 2013 12:00pm 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 12:00pm at Colonia Church of Edina

Whitbourn: Annelies

Sunday, November 24, 2013 12:00pm 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 12:00pm at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral

The Music of Downton Abbey

Saturday, March 8, 2014 12:00pm 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 12:00pm at Hamline United Methodist Church

Let My People Go

Saturday, May 10, 2014 12:00pm 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 12:00pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall

Summer Chorus 2014

Saturday, July 26, 2014 12:00pm 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 12:00pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall

Mendelsohn: Saint Paul

Saturday, November 15, 2014 12:00pm 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 12:00pm at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral

A Downtown Abbey Christmas

Saturday, December 13, 2014 12:00pm 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 12:00pm at Augustana Lutheran Church

To Fly Unbounded

Saturday, March 14, 2015 12:00pm 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 12:00pm at Roseville Lutheran Church

Honegger: King David

Saturday, May 16, 2015 12:00pm 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 12:00pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall

Great Opera Choruses

Saturday, August 1, 2015 12:00pm 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 12:00pm at Ordway Concert Hall

Remembrance Day Concert

Saturday, November 21, 2015 12:00pm 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 12:00pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall

Mendelssohn: Elijah

Saturday, August 6, 2016 12:00pm 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 12:00pm at St. Thomas More Catholic Church

Greater Love: In Search of the Hidden Road

Friday, November 18, 2016 12:00pm 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 12:00pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall

Randall Thompson: Requiem

Friday, April 28, 2017 12:00pm 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 12:00pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall

Summer Chorus 2017: Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem

Saturday, August 5, 2017 12:00pm 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 12:00pm at Ordway Concert Hall

Better is Peace - The Music of Karl Jenkins

Friday, November 10, 2017 12:00pm 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 12:00pm at Ordway Concert Hall

The Greatest Generation - An American Oratorio

Saturday, May 12, 2018 12:00pm 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 12:00pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall

Summer Chorus 2018: Leonard Bernstein at 100

Saturday, August 4, 2018 12:00pm 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 12:00pm at Northrop Auditorium
Carlson Family Stage

Lest We Forget

Sunday, November 11, 2018 12:00pm at Northrop Auditorium
Carlson Family Stage

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 12:00pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall

Summer Chorus 2019: A Night at the Opera

Saturday, August 3, 2019 12:00pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall

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Friday, November 15, 2019 12:00pm at Basilica of Saint Mary

The French Connection - from Fauré to Duruflé

Friday, November 15, 2019 12:00pm at Basilica of Saint Mary

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Sunday, February 23, 2020 12:00pm at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral

Choral Evensong

Sunday, February 23, 2020 12:00pm at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral

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Oratorio Society of Minnesota

Repertoire 1980-2022


You're welcome to browse our entire Repertoire performed during the past 42 years.

Composer Work Performed
Composer Work Performed
Friedell, HaroldCanticles: Evening Service in F2020-02-23
Davies, Henry WalfordPsalm 114: Double Chant2020-02-23
Parry, C. Hubert H.Anthem: To Everything There is a Season
(from cantata "Beyond These Voices There is Peace"
U.S. Premiere)
Hancock, GerrePreces & Responses2020-02-23
Fauré, GabrielCantique de Jean Racine (1865)2019-11-15
Widor, Charles MarieGloria (Mass op. 36, 1878)2019-11-15
Franck, CésarPsaume 150 (1883)2019-11-15
Ducasse, Jean RogerCrux Fidelis (1911)2019-11-15
Dupré, MarcelSustinuit Anima Mea (De Profundis, 1917)2019-11-15
Honegger, ArthurLaudate Dominum (Une Cantate de Noël, 1940/19522019-11-15
Duruflé, MauriceRequiem op. 9 (1947)2019-11-15
Bizet, GeorgeMarch of the Toreadors (Carmen)2019-08-03
Gilbert & Sullivan, Modern Major-General's Song (Pirates of Penzance)2019-08-03
Humperdinck, EngelbertAbendsegen (Evening Hymn from Hansel & Gretel)2019-08-03
Mascagni, PietroRegina Coeli (Easter Hymn from Cavalleria Rusticana)2019-08-03
Mozart, Wolfgang AmadeusQueen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte)2019-08-03
Offenbach, JacquesBarcarolle (Tales of Hoffman)2019-08-03
Puccini, GiacomoVa, Tosca! & Te Deum (Tosca)2019-08-03
Smetana, BedrichOpening Chorus (The Bartered Bride)2019-08-03
Verdi, GiuseppeVa, pensiero (Nabucco)2019-08-03
Verdi, GiuseppeBrindisi (La Traviata)2019-08-03
Verdi, GiuseppeLa donna e mobile (Rigoletto)2019-08-03
Wagner, RichardEntry of the Guests (Tannhäuser)2019-08-03
Phipps, Martin, arr. Josh BauderCoronation Theme2019-04-13
Handel, George FridericCoronation Anthem - Zadok the Priest2019-04-13
Wagner, RichardTreulich Gefürt (Bridal Chorus)2019-04-13
Mendelssohn, FelixLieder ohne Worte2019-04-13
Mendelssohn, FelixAnd then shall your light break forth (Elijah)2019-04-13
Bauder, Josh, (arr.)Skibbereen2019-04-13
Strauss Sr., JohannHuldigung der Königin Victoria von Grossbrittanien2019-04-13
Albert, Prince ConsortTrauerlied2019-04-13
Gounod, CharlesThe Last Rose of Summer2019-04-13
Sullivan, Sir ArthurVouchsafe, O Lord2019-04-13
Stanford, Charles VilliersCarmen Saeculare2019-04-13
Parratt, Sir WalterThe Triumph of Victoria2019-04-13
Bauder, Josh, (arr.)The Flowers of the Forest2019-04-13
Elgar, Sir Edward, (arr.)British National Anthem (God Save the Queen)2019-04-13
Wiffrin, Rob, (arr.)SONGS OF THE GREAT WAR - A medley of Popular Songs 1914-19182018-11-11
Dupré, MarcelPOÈME HÉROÏQUE for organ, brass and drums2018-11-11
Vaughan Williams, RalphDIRGE FOR TWO VETERANS from Dona Nobis Pacem2018-11-11
Holst, Gustav, arr. Geoff KnorrI VOW TO THEE, MY COUNTRY2018-11-11

(joint United States Premiere)
  1. Praeludium 1914-1915
  2. March 1915-1916
  3. Elegy 1916-1917
  4. Finale 1917-1918
Bernstein, LeonardWarm-Up (1970)2018-08-04
Bernstein, LeonardLucky to be Me - On The Town (1944)2018-08-04
Bernstein, LeonardChoral Suite - Wonderful Town (1953)2018-08-04
Bernstein, LeonardDream with Me - Peter Pan (1950)2018-08-04
Bernstein, LeonardThe Best of All Possible Worlds - Candide (1956)2018-08-04
Bernstein, LeonardSpring Will Come Again - Peter Pan2018-08-04
Bernstein, LeonardChoral Suite - West Side Story (1957)2018-08-04
Bernstein, LeonardTake Care of This House - 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (1976)2018-08-04
Bernstein, LeonardGlitter and be Gay - Candide2018-08-04
Bernstein, LeonardMake Our Garden Grow - Candide2018-08-04
Ames, RogerThe Greatest Generation - An American Oratorio2018-05-12
Jenkins, KarlThe Armed Man2017-11-10
Jenkins, KarlThe Peacemakers (selections)2017-11-10
Brahms, JohannesEin Deutsches Requiem, Op. 452017-08-05, 2013-05-11
Thompson, RandallRequiem2017-04-28
Britten, BenjaminCantata Misericordium2016-11-18
Britten, BenjaminSaint Nicolas2016-11-18
Goodall, HowardBeatitudes2016-11-18
Mendelssohn, FelixElijah2016-08-06, 2010-05-01
Einhorn, RichardVoices of Light2016-04-15
Van, JeffreyReaping the Whirlwind/The Harvest of War2015-11-21
Darke, HaroldAs the Leaves Fall2015-11-21
Kelly, F.S.Elegy: In memoriam Rupert Brooke2015-11-21
Willcock, ChristopherWe will Remember Them2015-11-21
Verdi, GiuseppeAIDA: Grand Finale II - Gloria all-Egito (English);2015-08-01
Borodin, AleksandrPRINCE IGOR: Polovtsian Dances (English)2015-08-01
Bizet, GeorgesCARMEN: Habanera (French)2015-08-01
Purcell, HenryDIDO & AENEAS: Great Minds Against Themselves Conspire (English)2015-08-01
Purcell, HenryWith Drooping Wings, Ye Cupids Come (English)2015-08-01
Verdi, GiuseppeIL TROVATORE: Vedi! Le fosche (Anvil Chorus) (Italian)2015-08-01
Wagner, RichardLOHENGRIN: Treulich Gefuhrt (Bridal Chorus) (German)2015-08-01
Verdi, GiuseppeNABUCCO: Va, pensiero (Chorus of Hebrew Slaves) (Italian)2015-08-01
Wagner, RichardTANNHÄUSER: Pilgrim's Chorus and Finale (English)2015-08-01
Puccini, GiacomoMADAMA BUTTERFLY: Humming Chorus2015-08-01
Gilbert & Sullivan, PIRATES OF PENZANCE: Finale - Act I (English)2015-08-01
Bernstein, LeonardChichester Psalms2015-05-16, 2013-07-27, 1986-11-01
Honegger, ArthurKing David2015-05-16, 1982-05-01
DeCormier, Robert, (arr.)Let Me Fly2015-03-14
Vaughan Williams, RalphA Vision of Aeroplanes2015-03-14
Whitacre, EricLeonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine2015-03-14
Hagen, JocelynTest Pilot2015-03-14
Parry, C.H.H.A Hymn for Aviators2015-03-14
Bennett, Richard RodneyLetters to Lindberg, No. 3 - Titanic2015-03-14
DeVore, Rachel FogartyFlying2015-03-14
Schweitzer, CurtisHigh Flight2015-03-14
Dawson, William, (arr.)Ezekiel Saw the Wheel2015-03-14
Crawford, Robert MacArthur U.S. Air Force Song2015-03-14
Lunn, JohnDownton Abbey Suite2014-12-13
Gauntlett, Henry J.Once in David's Royal City2014-12-13
Parry, Sir C. Hubert H.Welcome, Yule!2014-12-13
Holst, GustavTerly, Terlow2014-12-13
Darke, HaroldIn the Bleak Midwinter2014-12-13
Boughton, RutlandThe Holly and the Ivy2014-12-13
Davies, Sir Henry WalfordWhat Sweeter Music2014-12-13
Handel, George FridericHallelujah Chorus2014-12-13
Bridge, FrankSir Roger de Coverly2014-12-13
Elgar, Sir Edward W.A Christmas Greeting2014-12-13
Bax, ArnoldNow is the Time of Christymas2014-12-13
Vaughan Williams, RalphFantasia on Christmas Carols2014-12-13
Mendelssohn, FelixHark! The Herald Angels Sing2014-12-13
Mendelssohn, FelixSaint Paul, an Oratorio2014-11-15, 1986-05-01
Bach, J.S.Magnificat in D Major2014-07-26, 1991-04-01
Vivaldi, AntonioGloria2014-07-26, 2003-03-01
McCullough, DonaldLet My People Go!2014-05-10
Parry, Sir C. Hubert H.I Was Glad2014-03-08
Hadley, PatrickNightfall2014-03-08
Parry, Sir C. Hubert H.Jerusalem2014-03-08
Dale, BenjaminCrossing the Bar2014-03-08
Parry, Sir C. Hubert H.My Soul, There is a Country2014-03-08, 2002-05-01
Holst, GustavI Vow to Thee, My Country2014-03-08
Elgar, Sir Edward W.As Torrents In Summer2014-03-08
Elgar, Sir Edward W.The Snow2014-03-08
Nicholson, Sir Sydney H.Beloved, Let Us Love One Another2014-03-08
Handel, George FridericSelections from the Funeral Anthem for Queen Caroline2014-03-08
Vaughan Williams, RalphLord, Thou Hast Been Our Refuge2014-03-08, 2009-03-01
Arne, ThomasRule, Britannia!2014-03-08
McCullough, DonaldWe Remember Them2013-11-24
Whitbourn, JamesAnnelies2013-11-24
Stravinsky, IgorSymphony of Psalms2013-07-27
Brahms, JohannesAve Maria, Op. 122013-05-11
Brahms, JohannesPsalm 13, Op. 272013-05-11
Kleinsinger, GeorgeBrooklyn Baseball Cantata2013-03-17
Thomas, David EvanIn the Country of Baseball2013-03-17
Schuman, WilliamCasey at the Bat2013-03-17
Purcell, HenryWelcome to all the Pleasures2012-11-04
Purcell, HenryDido & Aeneas2012-11-04
Rutter, JohnGloria2012-07-28
Vaughan Williams, RalphSerenade to Music2012-05-05
Vaughan Williams, RalphCa' the Yowes2012-05-05
Vaughan Williams, RalphSweet Day2012-05-05
Vaughan Williams, RalphDona Nobis Pacem2012-05-05, 1993-11-01
Handel, George FridericMy Heart is Inditing2012-03-11
Handel, George FridericEsther2012-03-11
Nesta, Francis J.The Argument2011-11-20
Berlin, IrvingAnything You Can Do2011-11-20
Schumann, RobertRomanzen für Frauenstimmen I, Op. 692011-11-20
Dickau, DavidIf Music be the Food of Love2011-11-20
Britten, BenjaminThe Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard2011-11-20
Gershwin, GeorgeLet's Call the Whole Thing Off2011-11-20
Coleman, Cy, (arr. Carolyn Leigh)Hey, Look Me Over2011-11-20
Reynolds, Malvina, (arr. René Clausen)Turn Around2011-11-20
Rodgers, RichardSing for Your Supper2011-11-20
Foster, Stephen, (arr. Donald Moore)Hard Times Come Again No More2011-11-20
Sondheim, Stephen, (arr. Robert Page)Not While I'm Around2011-11-20
Knecht, KurtManly Men2011-11-20
Berlin, IrvingOld Fashioned Wedding2011-11-20
Mozart, Wolfgang AmadeusRequiem2011-07-30, 2009-11-01, 2007-03-01, 1999-03-01, 1985-11-01
Ames, Roger, (Libretto Bernard Kaplan)Remember Warsaw2011-05-15
Key, Francis ScottThe Star-Spangled Banner2011-02-27
Ames, Roger, (arr.)Down by the Riverside2011-02-27
Ames, Roger, (arr.)Shenandoah2011-02-27
Ames, Roger, (arr.)Erie Canal2011-02-27
Hanson, HowardSymphony No. 7 "A Sea Symphony"2011-02-27
Wilberg, Mack, (arr.)Saints Bound for Heaven2011-02-27
Paulus, StephenThe Road Home2011-02-27, 2004-05-01
Copland, Aaron"The Promise of Living" from The Tender Land2011-02-27
Haydn, Franz JosephMissa Sancti Nicolai2010-11-20
Pinkham, DanielThe Saints Preserve Us!2010-11-20
Britten, BenjaminSaint Nicolas, Opus 422010-11-20
Orff, CarlCarmina Burana2010-07-24
Lauridsen, M.J.Lux Aeterna2009-05-01
Rutter, J.Requiem2009-05-01
Britten, BenjaminFestival Te Deum2009-03-01, 1984-05-01
Howells, H.Four Anthems "In Time of War"2009-03-01
Kodály, ZoltanMissa Brevis2009-03-01, 1998-03-01
Ames, RogerLet There Be Joy!2008-11-01
Ames, RogerWhere the Seasons Take Us2008-11-01
Bárdos, L.Cantemus! (Chamber Singers)2008-11-01
Carissimi, G.Jephta2008-11-01, 1980-11-01
Finzi, GeraldMy Spirit Sang All Day (Chamber Singers)2008-11-01
Vaughan Williams, RalphToward the Unknown Region2008-11-01
Chatman, S.In the Glow of the Moon2008-05-01, 2002-05-01
Copland, A., (arr.)Long Time Ago2008-05-01, 2004-05-01, 1997-05-01
Fauré, G.Pavane2008-05-01, 2003-05-01
Fissinger, E.Set Me As A Seal2008-05-01, 2001-05-01, 1997-11-01
Fissinger, E., (arr.)Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho2008-05-01, 2002-05-01
Lauridsen, M.J.Dirait-on2008-05-01, 1999-05-01
Stanford, C.V.The Blue Bird2008-05-01, 2000-05-01, 1996-05-01
Stroope, Z.R.Amor de Mi Alma2008-05-01, 2005-11-01, 2003-11-01
Britten, BenjaminRejoice in the Lamb2008-03-01, 1990-04-01
Duruflé, M.Requiem2008-03-01, 1989-04-01
Britten, BenjaminHallelujah (from Rejoice in the Lamb)2007-11-01
Guastavino, C.Chanarcito2007-11-01, 2005-11-01
Guastavino, C.Se Equivoco la Paloma2007-11-01
Howells, H.Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing2007-11-01, 1996-11-01, 1986-11-01
Lauridsen, M.J.Soneto de la Noche2007-11-01
Noble, R.Las Mananitas2007-11-01
Paulus, StephenWe Gather Together2007-11-01
Theodorakis, M.Vegetaciones (from Canto General)2007-11-01, 2003-11-01
Alexander, E.Do Not Leave Your Cares at the Door2007-05-01
Barnett, C., (arr. Spiritual)My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord2007-05-01
Bartholomew, G.The Tree (Chamber Singers)2007-05-01
Boulanger, L.Hymne au Soleil2007-05-01, 2004-05-01
Dinerstein, NAn Old Silent Pond2007-05-01
Ginsberg, N., (arr. Irish folk song)Gartan Mother's Lullaby2007-05-01
Pärt, A.Bogoróditse Djévo2007-05-01
Petker, A.Come to Me, O My Love (Chamber Singers)2007-05-01
Saëns, C. SaintCalme de Nuits2007-05-01
Sherwin, M., (arr. G. Puerling)A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square2007-05-01
Somers, H., (arr. Newfoundland folk song)Feller From Fortune2007-05-01
Young, R.H.The Nightingale (Chamber Singers)2007-05-01
Scarlatti, D.Stabat Mater2007-03-01
Childs, D.Sonnet of the Moon2006-11-01
Haydn, F.J.Abendlied zu Gott2006-11-01, 1992-11-01
Kedrov, N.Otche Nash (Our Father)2006-11-01, 1999-11-01, 1997-11-01
Paulus, StephenPilgrims' Hymn2006-11-01
Scarlatti, D.Sancta Mater and Amen from Stabat Mater2006-11-01
Verdi, GiuseppePater Noster2006-11-01
Whitacre, Erichope, faith, life, love2006-11-01
Whitacre, Erici will wade out2006-11-01, 2004-11-01
Barber, S.Under the Willow Tree2006-05-01
Culloton, M., (arr. VIDA)Famine Song2006-05-01
Elgar, Sir Edward W., (arr. J. Cameron)Lux Aeterna2006-05-01
Handel, George FridericZadok, the Priest2006-05-01, 1999-05-01, 1999-03-01, 1988-11-01
Handl, J.Ecce Quomodo2006-05-01
Janequin, C.Le Chant des Oiseaux (Song of the Birds)2006-05-01, 1996-05-01, 1994-05-01
Larsen, L.She's Like a Swallow (Chamber Choir)2006-05-01, 1991-11-01
Mulholland, J.A Red, Red Rose2006-05-01, 1999-05-01
Palmer, R.F.Wild Roses (Chamber Choir)2006-05-01
Petker, A.Springtide is Come2006-05-01, 1997-05-01
Thompson, R.Choose Something Like a Star2006-05-01, 2001-05-01
Barber, S.Prayers of Kierkegaard2006-03-01, 1991-11-01, 1985-05-01
Poulenc, F.Gloria2006-03-01, 2001-03-01
Barber, S.The Coolin'2005-11-01, 1998-11-01
Copland, A.The Promise of Living2005-11-01, 1996-05-01, 1991-11-01
Guastavino, C.Gala del Dia2005-11-01
Guastavino, C.Viento Norte2005-11-01
Handel, George FridericYour Voices Tune2005-11-01, 1998-11-01
Parker, A., (arr. Irish folksong)Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye2005-11-01
Sanchez, D.Pregones del Altiplano2005-11-01
Whalum, W., (arr. Spiritual)The Lily of the Valley2005-11-01
Barnett, C.The King of Yellow Butterflies2005-05-01, 1995-05-01
Bernstein, LeonardDream With Me2005-05-01, 2003-05-01
Brahms, JohannesLiebeslieder Waltzes (#4,8,9,10,11,14,15,16) (Chamber)2005-05-01
Monteverdi, C.Ecco Mormorar L'Onde2005-05-01, 2003-05-01
Orban, G.O, Mistress Mine!2005-05-01
Rachmaninoff, S.Blazhen Mush (from Vespers)2005-05-01, 1999-11-01
Vaughan Williams, RalphSilence and Music2005-05-01
Whitacre, EricWater Night2005-05-01, 2003-05-01
Mozart, Wolfgang AmadeusVesperae Solennes de Confessore (Solemn Vespers)2005-03-01, 1991-04-01, 1980-11-01
Bach, J.S.Zion Hort (from Cantata No. 140)2004-11-01, 2000-11-01
Brahms, JohannesNanie2004-11-01, 2000-11-01
Daley, E.In Remembrance2004-11-01, 2000-05-01
Guastavino, C.En los Surcos del Amor2004-11-01
Handel, George FridericGalatea, Dry Thy Tears2004-11-01, 1998-05-01
Mendelssohn, FelixAm Neujahrstage (New Year's Day)2004-11-01, 1996-11-01
Verdi, GiuseppeVa, Pensiero (Chorus of Hebrew Slaves)2004-11-01, 1997-05-01, 1993-11-01
Alexander, E.when faces called flowers float out of the ground2004-05-01
Billings, W.Psalm Forty-Two2004-05-01
Burleigh, H.T., (arr.)Ezekiel Saw de Wheel (Chamber)2004-05-01
Burleigh, H.T., (arr.)My Lord, What A Mornin' (Chamber)2004-05-01
Carter, E.Heart Not So Heavy As Mine2004-05-01
Dawson, William, (arr.)Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit (Chamber)2004-05-01
Hairston, J., (arr.)Poor Man Lazrus (Chamber)2004-05-01
Maud, A.The Clouded Morning2004-05-01
Thompson, R.Alleluia2004-05-01, 1999-05-01
Dvořák, A.Stabat Mater2004-03-01, 1997-03-01
Handel, George FridericIsrael in Egypt2004-03-01, 1981-05-01
Dvořák, A.Eia Mater (from Stabat Mater)2003-11-01
Kodály, ZoltanPsalm 1212003-11-01
Palmer, R.F.Elegy2003-11-01
Schubert, F.Where Art and Love of Beauty2003-11-01
Theodorakis, M.Los Libertadores (from Canto General)2003-11-01, 1996-11-01, 1994-11-01
de la Halle, A.Kom, Du Ljuva2003-05-01
Elgar, Sir Edward W.The Shower2003-05-01
Franck, C.Quelle Angoisse Extreme2003-05-01
Lundvik, H.Nocturnes2003-05-01
Orff, C.Veris Leta Facies2003-05-01
Raminsh, I.And I Think Over Again2003-05-01, 1998-11-01
Handel, George FridericDixit Dominus2003-03-01, 2001-05-01
Barber, S.Agnus Dei2002-11-01
Beethoven, Ludwig vanElegischer Gesang2002-11-01
Carissimi, G.Plorate Filii Israel2002-11-01
Gorecki, H.Totus Tuus2002-11-01
Mozart, Wolfgang AmadeusRegina Coeli Laetare (Queen of Heaven Rejoice) K.2762002-11-01, 1995-11-01
Schutz, H.Die mit Trainen Saen2002-11-01
Vaughan Williams, RalphReconciliation2002-11-01
Chatman, S.The Urchin's Dance2002-05-01
Donizetti, G.Barcarola2002-05-01
Farmer, J.Fair Phyllis I Saw (Chamber)2002-05-01
Fissinger, E.By the Waters of Babylon2002-05-01
Gibbons, O.Ah, Dear Heart (Chamber)2002-05-01
Jennings, C.A Feast of Lanterns2002-05-01
Morley, T.April is in My Mistress' Face (Chamber Choir)2002-05-01, 1991-02-01
Pearsall, R.Lay a Garland2002-05-01, 1999-05-01
Rossini, G.I Gondolieri2002-05-01
Sullivan, A.When Love and Beauty2002-05-01, 1999-05-01
Wilbye, J.Lady, When I Behold2002-05-01
Brahms, JohannesRequiem2002-03-01, 1987-04-01
Beethoven, Ludwig vanNinth Symphony2001-12-01, 1998-12-01, 1997-12-01, 1990-02-01
Bartok, B.Four Slovak Folk Songs2001-11-01
Borodin, AleksandrAh, What Raging Storm (from Prince Igor)2001-11-01
Borodin, AleksandrPolovetsian Dance and Chorus (from Prince Igor)2001-11-01, 1999-11-01
Chesnokov, P.Salvation is Created2001-11-01
Chu, G.The New Colossus2001-11-01
Gretchaninoff, A.Otche Nash2001-11-01
Pascanu, A.Chindia2001-11-01
Rachmaninoff, S.Bless the Lord, O My Soul (from Vespers)2001-11-01
Rachmaninoff, S.Rejoice, O Virgin (from Vespers)2001-11-01
Rachmaninoff, S.The Six Psalms (from Vespers)2001-11-01
Berlioz, H.O Mon Ame2001-05-01, 1989-04-01
Debussy, C.Trois Chansons2001-05-01
Howells, H.O Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem2001-05-01, 1991-02-01
Palmer, R.F.In Yan Teopa2001-05-01
Poulenc, F.Timor et Tremor2001-05-01
Sullivan, A.Mikado (selections) (Chamber)2001-05-01
Sullivan, A.Pirates of Penzance (selections) (Chamber)2001-05-01
Bach, J.S.Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 5472001-03-01
Bach, J.S.Wachet Auf! (Cantata No. 140)2001-03-01
Bach, J.S.Lobet den Herrn2000-11-01, 1997-05-01
Bayawi, N.W.Nasibi2000-11-01
Bruckner, A.Os Justi2000-11-01, 1983-05-01
Mendelssohn, FelixHe Watching Over Israel (from Elijah)2000-11-01, 1996-11-01
Mendelssohn, FelixHeilig, Heilig2000-11-01, 1993-11-01
Prospect, Southern FolktuneThe Lone, Wild Bird2000-11-01
Reagon, B.J.I Be Your Water2000-11-01
Traditional, HawaiianKona Kai Opura I Ka Lai2000-11-01
Brahms, JohannesLiebeslieder Waltzes (3 selections)2000-05-01
di Lasso, O.My Heart is Offered Still to You2000-05-01
di Lasso, O.O Occhi, Manza Mia2000-05-01
di Lasso, O.Tu Sai, Madonna Mia2000-05-01
Fauré, G.Cantique de Jean Racine2000-05-01, 1994-05-01
Mascagni, P.Song of Spring (from Cavalleria Rusticana)2000-05-01, 1997-05-01
Schubert, F.Des Tages Weihe2000-05-01, 1992-11-01
Schubert, F.Frühlingsglaube2000-05-01, 1997-05-01
Schubert, F.Hirtenchor2000-05-01
Stanford, C.V.Beati Quorum Via2000-05-01, 1996-05-01
Stokes, E.Inversnaid2000-05-01, 1995-05-01, 1993-05-01
Beethoven, Ludwig vanMissa Solemnis, Opus 1232000-03-01
Berlioz, H.Te Deum2000-01-01
Dvořák, A.Sanctus (from Te Deum)1999-11-01
Mussorgsky, M.Gde ti, Zviozdochka1999-11-01
Rachmaninoff, S.Hvalite Imia (from Vespers)1999-11-01
Rachmaninoff, S.Slava vishnich (from Vespers)1999-11-01
Seiber, M.Four Yugoslav Folksongs (Unfaithful Lover, Handsome Mirko, Heaven Above, Hussars)1999-11-01, 1994-11-01
Stravinsky, IgorOtche Nash (Our Father)1999-11-01
Traditional, Elama Juoksuhaudoissa1999-11-01
Traditional, Kazvatti Minuo Muamoin1999-11-01
Traditional, Niin On Laulu Neito Nuori1999-11-01
Traditional, Sinisiiro Kultakiiro1999-11-01
Traditional, Tsiganaizet1999-11-01
Bach, J.S., (arr. Swingle)Bach Organ Fugue, BWV 5781999-05-01, 1997-05-01
Hallberg, , (arr.)Domaredansen1999-05-01
Marenzio, L.Spring Returns (Chamber)1999-05-01, 1995-05-01
Scandello, A.A Little White Hen1999-05-01
Vaughan Williams, RalphMass in G Minor1999-05-01, 1991-02-01
Britten, BenjaminHymn to Saint Cecelia1999-03-01, 1998-11-01, 1991-02-01
Arban, J. B.Variations on a Tyrolean Song1998-11-01
Bitsch, MFour Variations on Theme of D. Scarlatti1998-11-01
Brahms, JohannesO Schöne Nacht1998-11-01, 1995-05-01, 1988-11-01
Mozart, Wolfgang AmadeusRex Tremendae (from Requiem)1998-11-01
Mozart, Wolfgang AmadeusVeni Sancte Spiritus (from Requiem)1998-11-01, 1992-11-01
Parker, H.Now Sinks the Sun1998-11-01, 1989-11-01, 1987-11-01
Ringwald, R., (arr.)Precious Lord1998-11-01
Brahms, JohannesO Süsser Mai! (O Lovely May!)1998-05-01
Chu, G.Waking Dream1998-05-01
Croce, G.Cantate Domino1998-05-01
Dawson, William, (arr.)There is a Balm in Gilead1998-05-01
Grieg, E.Four Psalms: God's Son hath set me free1998-05-01
Grieg, E.Four Psalms: How fair is Thy face1998-05-01
Grieg, E.Four Psalms: In heaven above1998-05-01
Grieg, E.Four Psalms: Jesus Christ our Lord is risen1998-05-01
Klouse, Andrea, (arr.)Prayer of the Children1998-05-01
Ligeti, G.Night & Morning1998-05-01
Miles, C.A.Dwelling in Beulah Land1998-05-01
Palmer, R.F.Not the Wind, Not the Flag1998-05-01
Poulenc, F.Adieu Tristesse1998-05-01
Poulenc, F.Luire1998-05-01
Ravel, M.Pavane for a Dead Princess1998-05-01, 1994-05-01
Strauss, J.Blue Danube Waltz1998-05-01
Vecchi, O.Fa Una Canzona1998-05-01
Haydn, F.J.Lord Nelson Mass (Mass in D Minor)1998-03-01, 1980-05-01
Tchaikovsky, P.I.Dance of the Snowflakes1997-12-01
Bloch, E.Sanctification (from Sacred Service)1997-11-01
Casals, P.O Vos Omnes1997-11-01
Enders, H.Russian Picnic1997-11-01
Heh, L.D., (arr. G. Chu)Lullaby1997-11-01
Kodály, ZoltanAgnus Dei1997-11-01
Mussorgsky, M.Coronation Scene from Boris Godunov1997-11-01
Shur, B.Psalm 231997-11-01
Vittoria, TO Vos Omnes1997-11-01
Walton, W.Set Me As A Seal1997-11-01
Byrd, W.Ave Verum Corpus1997-05-01
Hogan, M & E., (arr.)God's Gonna Set This World on Fire1997-05-01
Jennings, C.Spring Has Come1997-05-01
Porterfield, S.When Soft Voices Die1997-05-01
Raminsh, I.Ave Verum Corpus1997-05-01
Rossini, G.Quando Corpus Morietur1997-05-01
Schubert, F.Seligkeit1997-05-01
Schubert, F.Tantum Ergo1997-05-01
Biebl, F.Ave Maria1996-11-01
Dvořák, A.Tui Nati (Born of You)1996-11-01
Estevez, A.Mata del Anima Sola (Tree of the Lonely Soul)1996-11-01
Favero, A.Te Quiero (I Adore You)1996-11-01
Gutierrez, P.Alma Llanera (Soul of the Plains)1996-11-01
Holst, GustavFestival Te Deum1996-11-01
Khoza, B.South African Songs1996-11-01
Mendelssohn, FelixHelp Lord! (from Elijah)1996-11-01
Parra, V.Gracias a la Vida1996-11-01
Preus, M., (arr.)Swedish Folk Medley1996-11-01
Barnett, C., (arr. Spiritual)Deep River1996-05-01
Blanco, JConcerto in G Major1996-05-01
Chorbagian, J.Mirage1996-05-01
Copland, A.Las Agachadas (Shake-down Song)1996-05-01
Dawson, William, (arr.)Ezekiel Saw de Wheel1996-05-01
Holst, Gustav, (arr. Welsh Folksong)My Sweetheart's Like Venus (Chamber)1996-05-01
James, D., (arr. English Folksong)Bushes and Briars (Chamber)1996-05-01
Monk, W.Abide with Me1996-05-01
Pooler, M., (arr. Shaker Song)Simple Gifts (Chamber Singers)1996-05-01
Soler, Padre A.Concerto in D Major1996-05-01
Stanford, C.V.Coelos Ascendit1996-05-01
Ward, S.A.America the Beautiful1996-05-01
Haydn, F.J.The Creation1996-03-01
Barber, S.Adagio for Strings (op. 11)1995-11-01
Brahms, JohannesMotet from Psalm 511995-11-01, 1993-11-01
Bruch, M.Kol Nidrei (All Vows)1995-11-01
Haydn, F.J.Awake the Harp (from Creation)1995-11-01
Shostakovich, D.One of Many1995-11-01
Shostakovich, D.Silent Guns (Op. 88)1995-11-01, 1992-11-01
Vaughan Williams, RalphFive Mystical Songs1995-11-01, 1984-05-01
Alfven, H.Evening1995-05-01
Britten, BenjaminDances from Gloriana (Time, Concord, Time and Concord, Country Girls, Rustics and Fishermen, Final Dance of Homage)1995-05-01, 1993-05-01
Gretchaninov, A.Missa Festiva (Festival Mass)1995-05-01, 1986-11-01
Hobbs, J.W.Phyllis is My Only Joy (Chamber)1995-05-01
Rutter, J., (arr.)Dashing Away with the Smoothing Iron (Chamber)1995-05-01
Vaughan Williams, RalphSweet Day (Chamber)1995-05-01
Vaughan Williams, Ralph, (arr.)The Turtle Dove (Chamber)1995-05-01
Handel, George FridericSaul1995-03-01, 1984-11-01
Barber, S.Reincarnations (Mary Hynes/Anthony O-Daly/The Coolin’1994-11-01
Brahms, JohannesLiebeslieder Waltzes (#3,4,5,7,8)1994-11-01
Kodály, ZoltanMatra Pictures1994-11-01, 1992-11-01
Persichetti, V.Songs of Peace1994-11-01
Piazzolla, A.Histoire du Tango1994-11-01
Offenbach, J.Neighbors' Chorus from “ La Jolie Parfumeuse”1994-05-01
Poulenc, F.Mass in G Major1994-05-01, 1989-04-01
Argento, D.Gloria (from the Masque of Angels)1993-05-01
McCray, J.Rise Up, My Love1993-05-01
Orff, C.Selections from Catulli Carmina1993-05-01
Vaughan Williams, RalphEarly in the Spring (Chamber Singers/Women)1993-05-01
Vaughan Williams, RalphTo the Ploughboy (Chamber Singers/Women)1993-05-01
Ives, C.Psalm 901993-03-01, 1987-11-01
Mozart, Wolfgang AmadeusMass in C Minor, K. 427 (“The Grand”)1993-03-01, 1982-11-01
Brahms, JohannesLiebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 52, Nos. 8 & 91992-11-01
Gretchaninov, A.Svete Tihiy1992-11-01
Nikolsky, A.Svete Tihiy1992-11-01
Petrov, A.Final Chorus from Peter the Great1992-11-01
Bach, J.S.Mass in B Minor1992-04-01
Mechem, K.He's Gone Away (Chamber Choir)1991-11-01
Paine, J.Dona Nobis Pacem1991-11-01
Schuman, WilliamPrelude for Voices1991-11-01
Lorenz, R.Sit Still (Variations)1991-09-01
Shur, B.Four Stories (Variations)1991-09-01
Stokes, E.Mermaids Stand by the King of the Sea (Variations)1991-09-01
Stokes, Lorenz, Shur,Variations On A Theme From Kindergarten1991-09-01
d’Indy, V.Lady of Loveliest Eyes (Chamber Choir)1991-02-01
Purcell, HenryIn These Delightful Pleasant Groves (Chamber Choir)1991-02-01
Tomkins, T.O Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem1991-02-01
Verdi, GiuseppeMessa da Requiem1990-10-01
Brahms, JohannesMotet from Psalm 111990-04-01
Brahms, JohannesSchaffe in Mir Gott (Hayes)1990-04-01
Copland, A.In the Beginning (Hayes)1990-04-01
Fritschel, J.Blow Boisterous Wind1989-11-01
Fritschel, J.Sleep, Happy Child1989-11-01
Krenek, E.Seasons, The1989-11-01, 1983-05-01
Rorem, N.In Time of Pestilence1989-11-01
Thompson, R.Peaceable Kingdom1989-11-01
Brahms, JohannesDer Abend1988-11-01
Gabrieli, G.In Ecclesiis1988-11-01
Ginastera, A.Lamentations of Jeremiah1988-11-01
Vittoria, T.Requiem1988-11-01
Bach, J.S.St. John Passion1988-04-01
Billings, W.Be Glad Then America1987-11-01
Billings, W.I Am the Rose of Sharon1987-11-01
Billings, W.When Jesus Wept1987-11-01
Carter, R.You Must Have True Religion (James)1987-11-01
Dawson, William, (arr.)In His Care-O (James)1987-11-01
DeCormier, Robert, (arr.)Johnny Has Gone1987-11-01
Phillips, J.Two Whitman Pieces1987-11-01
Rhodes, P.Witticisms & Lamentations1987-11-01
Steffe, W.Battle Hymn of the Republic1987-11-01
Stravinsky, IgorStar Spangled Banner (arr.)1987-11-01
Thompson, R.Last Words of David1987-11-01
Kodály, ZoltanPange Lingua1987-10-01
Braun, Y.Hallel1986-06-01
Schutz, H.Musikalische Exequien (II, III)1985-11-01
Bach, J.S.Mass in F Major1985-05-01
Stravinsky, IgorLes Noces1984-05-01
Bruckner, A.Mass in E Minor1983-11-01
Bach, J.S.Komm Jesu, Komm1983-05-01
Bruckner, A.Pange Lingua1983-05-01
Bach, J.S.Cantata No. 21: Ich hatte viel1982-05-01
Bach, J.S.Suite No. 3 in D1982-05-01
Schubert, F.Mass in E-flat1981-11-01
Brahms, JohannesWarum (Chamber Choir)1981-05-01
Monteverdi, C.Madrigals (Chamber Choir)1981-05-01
Stravinsky, IgorMass (Chamber Choir)1981-05-01
Bach, J.S.Jesu, Meine Freunde1980-05-01

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.

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:

Contribute online to Oratorio Society

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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
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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!

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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
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For more information, or if you'd like to make a donation, please send us a email.

Support the Viva Coro! Program

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. If you would like your donation to go directly to support this program, please click on the link below.

Summer Chorus

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic Summer Chorus will not take place in 2021.

Global Choral Traditions

Jan. 13, Feb. 3, Mar. 3 - 7:30pm EST; Apr. 10 - 11am EST
Discussions led by choral experts

Wednesday, January 13, 2021, Lonnie Norwood, Gospel Music
Wednesday, February 3, 2021, Suzannah Park, Music of Appalachia
Wednesday, March 3, 2021, Elitsa Stoyneva Krastev, Bulgarian Folk Singing
Saturday, April 10, 2021, Bongani Magatyana, Traditional South African Music

All sessions will be LIVE!
Donate here to support this series!

While the pandemic continues to keep us apart physically, the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh is offering a way to connect musically and across cultures, by presenting Global Choral Traditions, a live, interactive, virtual exploration of choral music from around the world.

Over the four sessions of Global Choral Traditions, experts from Gospel, Appalachian, Bulgarian, and South African choral traditions will teach participants about what makes each style unique, as well as about the elements they share as branches of choral music, one of the oldest and most ubiquitous of human art forms. All sessions are free and open to everyone, no singing experience required.

The virtual series begins January 2021, with a new session each month through April. In each session, a different artist will teach participants about their choral tradition and then lead the group in learning and singing along to a choral work from that same tradition.

Global Choral Traditions is hosted by the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and the Oratorio Society of Minnesota in collaboration with Village Harmony, a nonprofit organization with activities around the world welcoming singers of all colors, creeds, ethnicities, nationalities, gender orientations & socio-economic backgrounds. Since 1988, Village Harmony has developed a strong international presence through its many study/performance programs, professional recordings, and innovative online learning opportunities.

The series is free and open to the public. Registration required. Sign up now at this link to receive your exclusive Zoom weblink to participate.


January 13, 7:30pm: Lonnie Norwood, Gospel Music Led by Lonnie Norwood, Director of African Diasporic Music and Studies Conductor, Englewood & In-School – Chicago Children’s Choir

February 3, 7:30pm: Suzannah Park, Music of Appalachia Led by Suzannah Park, Founder and Director of the Wild Asheville Community Chorus; Program Director of Community Roots

March 3, 7:30pm: Elitsa Stoyneva Krastev, Bulgarian Folk Singing Led by Elitsa Stoyneva Krastev, seven-time gold medalist in traditional Bulgarian folk singing

April 10, 11:00am: Bongani Magatyana, Traditional South African Music Led by Bongani Magatyana, conductor of a 120-voice Old Apostolic Church choir; singer/music director/composer/theatrical producer/dancer

In the Press:
"Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh Offers Free Virtual Series On Global Choral Traditions"

Candid Conversations

July 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 2020 - 8pm EDT/7pm CDT
Matthew Mehaffey and special guests

Watch each discussion LIVE on Oratorio Society’s Facebook page and YouTube channel or Mendelssohn Choir's Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Add a new activity to your quarantine life with this exciting new summer collaboration between the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP) and the Oratorio Society of Minnesota (OSM), and join us for some Candid Conversations! Each week, Matthew Mehaffey, Music Director of both MCP and OSM, and rising stars in the choral world will host an interactive online discussion centered around a trending topic in choral music. Everyone is invited to participate by reviewing the reading and listening materials beforehand (optional), and submitting your questions during the live chat.

Warm up your voices before each discussion with a 20-minute vocal coaching session! A professional singer will lead participants through a complete vocal warm-up, followed by a short Q&A about vocal technique and at-home practice habits. Not a singer? No problem! Only our vocal coach will be on camera and audio, so even if you’re a shy singer, feel free to let your voice soar!


July 8: Commencing the Conversation
Discussion led by Matthew Mehaffey, Music Director – The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and The Oratorio Society of Minnesota Vocal coaching by Jamie Chamberlin, soprano – Satan’s Fall – Feb. 2020 World Premiere w/MCP, LA Opera, Long Beach Opera, UCLA School of Music

July 15: INTERROGATING THE TRADITION: Upholding Whiteness in Choral Music
Discussion led by Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, Assistant Professor St. Olaf College (MN) Vocal Coaching by Kiera Duffy – Opera Singer, Professor of Music, University of Notre Dame (IN)

July 22: Latin American Choral Music
Discussion led by Ahmed Anzaldúa, founder of Border CrosSing Vocal coaching by Elisabeth Stevens, soprano – Let My People Go – Feb. 2019 w/MCP, Opera Singer, Founder of StudioLis NYC, author of Perfect Practice: A Journal for Singers

July 29: Telling the Stories of Women Through Choral Performance
Discussion led by Jocelyn Hagen, composer/arranger Vocal Coaching by Nathan Granner, tenor – Satan’s Fall – Feb. 2020 World Premiere w/MCP, Long Beach Opera

August 5: IT IS ENOUGH: Mendelssohn’s personal connection to his most famous protagonist, Elijah
Discussion led by Matthew Mehaffey, Music Director – The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and The Oratorio Society of Minnesota Vocal Coaching by Victoria Vargas, mezzo-soprano – MN Opera and University of Minnesota

Join OSM Music Director Matthew Mehaffey and rising stars in the choral world in an interactive discussion of trending topics in choral music.

Relive this unique experience

July 8 replay
July 15 replay
July 22 replay
July 29 replay
August 5 replay

Support Summer Chorus

OSM is requesting donations for our Summer Chorus Program, allowing us to keep this event accessible in terms of low registration fees and ticket prices. We are asking Summer Chorus members and other OSM supporters who are able, to please help!


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.

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.

Helen Jensen

Accompanist Helen Jensen

is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and Union Theological Seminary School of Music in New York. Her teachers included Bernhard Weiser, Edward Berryman, Alec Wyton, and Robert Baker. She was interim organist at St. Mark’s Cathedral, and has been accompanist for the Oratorio Society since 1993.

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


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
  • Michael Merchant
  • Mark Gustafson
  • Peter Heege
  • Karen Jollie
  • Cindy Oberg-Hauser
  • Don Oberg-Hauser
  • Rick Saumer
  • Ben Tolzmann
  • Matthew Mehaffey, Artistic Director (ex officio)

Administration Team

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


  • Andrew Stoebig, Program Notes
  • Phyllis Sherman, Editor

Development Committee

The Development Committee serves to plan and implement goals and strategies for obtaining financial support for the Society through individual contributions, grants, corporate giving programs, and other fundraising activities.

Operations Committee

The Operations Committee is charged with carrying out the administrative and management tasks necessary to produce the Society's performances, develop our audiences, and promote the public image of the Society. The committee oversees such matters as ticket sales, publicity, programs, performance logistics, new venues, and public relations.

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee exists to address the perceived, actual, and potential needs of the Society's chorus members. The committee seeks ways to create a harmonious environment in which to learn and perform our music, grow as musicians, personally support our organization, forge bonds of friendship, and encourage volunteerism for the betterment of the organization. We cordially invite any members who are interested to join this active committee that has the best interests of the singers at heart.