The Valparaiso University Chorale is among the top Lutheran collegiate choirs in the United States, upholding the highest standard of choral art through performance of the greatest choral literature of all eras. Dedicated to performing works that celebrate the University’s Lutheran heritage, the choir is also noted for the performance of significant contemporary works in their original languages and for the performance of music expressing multicultural perspectives.
The Chorale has served three residencies at the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig—the only collegiate American choir to enjoy such a strong relationship with the church of Johann Sebastian Bach. The Chorale will return in June 2012 for a fourth residency, marking the 800th anniversary of the St. Thomas Church and its choir, the Thomanerchor.
Under the direction of Dr. Christopher M. Cock this 48-voice ensemble maintains an active annual schedule of touring, performing, and recording. Their recordings include: Traditions: Hymns, Motets and Folk Songs (1998); The Lutheran Chorale with Paul Manz (2000); Christ Child: Songs of the Nativity (2001); In Paradisium (2003); As it is in Heaven (2006); amazing day (2008); O My Soul (2010); and Star Still Guiding (2011).
The Thüringer Allgemeine reviewed the Chorale’s concert in 2007: “a first class ensemble…such a high degree of tonal unity, such sure intonation in the most complex and dissonant groups of chords, and such a precise feeling for dynamic shadings….” In 2010 the Schwarzwälder Bote exclaimed, “Their heavenly and virtuosic performance enthused the audience,” and the Schwäbisches Tagblatt hailed the performance as “masterful.”
More about the 2010 Germany Tour.