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About the Stanford Chamber Chorale

The Stanford Chamber Chorale is the Stanford Department of Music's most select choir comprising 24 students drawn from both graduate and undergraduate populations at Stanford University. Hailing from across the United States and around the world, these singers represent a broad diversity of academic disciplines and degree programs. As members of the Chamber Chorale, these Stanford students meet a demanding schedule of performing, touring, and recording while maintaining their rigorous academic programs. Over the years, the Chorale has toured in the United States; Japan; China; Thailand; England, Wales, and Scotland; Austria and Germany; Israel; Italy; and France. On tour, the ensemble has appeared in a notable list of venues, including the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum; the great British cathedrals in Ely, Exeter, Lincoln, Newport, Salisbury, Wells, York and Llandaff (Cardiff); St. James Piccadilly (London); the chapels of St. John's College and Trinity College, Cambridge; the chapels of New College, Magdalen College, and Jesus College, Oxford; the Berlin Philharmonie; Rikkyo University Chapel, Hakodate Geijutsu Hall, and Kitahiroshima-shi Geijutsu Bunka Hall (Japan); the Great Hall of the People (Beijing), Shanghai Concert Hall, and Oriental Art Center (Shanghai); Benaroya Music Center (Seattle); and on broadcasts from BBC Radio, the National Television of Austria, and the Armed Forces Television Network.

The Chorale has also performed collaboratively with some of the most renowned performing organizations in the world, including England's Tallis Scholars, Joyful Company of Singers, the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, and the choir of Royal Holloway, University of London, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Hedwig Cathedral Choir (Berlin), the Chamber Choir of the Berlin University of the Arts, the Kronos Quartet, the specialist period instrument ensembles Chatham Baroque and the National Gallery of Art Chamber Players, and master flamenco guitarist Paco Peña. Dedicated to the performance of literature best suited to the small choral ensemble, the Chamber Chorale has had the honor of receiving works from renowned composers Randall Thompson, Kirke Mechem, Howard Helvey, Giancarlo Aquilanti, Takeo Kudo, Jiri Laburda, and Paul Crabtree.

Through its recordings and tours, the Chorale continues to gain recognition in the international choral community. The ensemble's most recent CD Illumine: Christmas at Stanford, qualified in five categories for the 2013 Grammy preliminary ballot, including for the category Best Choral Performance. Robert Schuneman, president of the the great American music publishing house E.C. Schirmer, called the Chorale "one of the country's premiere collegiate ensembles." The Chorale's recent past and future touring activities (2001: Japan, 2002: Pacific Northwest & Canada, 2003: England & Wales, 2004: Hawai'i, 2005: Germany & Austria, 2006: Los Angeles & Southern California, 2007: Seattle & England, 2008: China, 2009: Hawai'i, 2010: Washington, D.C., 2011: Japan, 2012: England, 2013: Thailand, 2015: Hawai'i, 2016: England) continue to heighten the visibility of both the ensemble and Stanford University's commitment to music performance and the arts.


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