Valparaiso University Chorale Tour 2014

Chorale Tour 2014

The Valparaiso University Chorale

Spring Tour 2014 Schedule

Saturday, Feb. 22
7 p.m. (EST)

Ancilla Domini 

The Center at Donaldson
9601 Union Rd.
Donaldson, IN 46513

Monday, Mar. 3
7 p.m. (EST)

Mary Queen of

4423 Pearl Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44109

Saturday, Mar. 8
7 p.m. (EST) 

Trinity Evangelical
Lutheran Church

128 S. 7th St.
Zanesville, OH 43701

Sunday, Feb. 23
4 p.m. (EST)

Presbyterian Church

115 S. Frances St.
South Bend, IN 46617

Tuesday, Mar. 4
7 p.m. (EST)

Lutheran Church

18207 Route 522
Beaver Springs, PA 17812

Sunday, Mar. 9
3 p.m. (EST) 

St. Elizabeth
Seton Church

10655 Haverstick Rd. E
Carmel, IN 46033

Saturday, Mar. 1
7:30 p.m. (EST)

St. Joseph

212 E. Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43215

Thursday, Mar. 6
7 p.m. (EST)

St. John’s
Lutheran Church

884 Newfield Ave.
Stamford, CT 06905

Sunday, Mar. 2
4 p.m. (EST)

First English Evangelical
Lutheran Church

615 Grant St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Friday, Mar. 7
7 p.m. (EST) 

Lutheran Church

701 S. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21230

Christopher M. Cock, conductor

christopher cock (pdf download) (photo download)

Christopher M. Cock, director of choral and vocal activities at Valparaiso University, holds the Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Chair in Lutheran Music, and is director of the Bach Institute. Through his activities as a choral music educator and as a distinguished solo artist, Cock has forged a unique career path combining the roles of conductor and performer. He frequently brings his focus on outstanding repertoire, vocal technique and polished musicality to high school ensembles throughout the country. For six years he served as director of choirs for Lutheran Summer Music, the national Lutheran high school music camp. In 2006 he led the International Choral Invitational in Hong Kong, and was conductor of the Spivey Hall High School Honor Choir, a festival begun by Robert Shaw. He has also conducted All-State Choirs in Minnesota, Georgia and Ohio and the Collegiate Honor Choir in Pennsylvania. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall as guest conductor of the New England Symphonic Ensemble and has now made appearances as both conductor and soloist at this legendary venue.

At Valparaiso University, Cock founded the Bach Institute in 2004. The Institute performs the major works of Bach triennially and in the years since its formation has devoted scholarship and performances to studying Bach’s professional years prior to his appointment in Leipzig (1723). His leadership of the Valparaiso University Chorale has led to numerous recordings and extensive concert tours in the United States and Europe. The Chorale has served four performance residencies at the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig – the only American choir to enjoy such a strong relationship with the church of J.S. Bach.

As a solo artist Cock’s extensive range and communicative performances have established him as a premier lyric tenor. Appearances as a Bach Evangelist are taking him to concert venues throughout the United States. In April of 2001, he appeared as Evangelist in the St. Matthew Passion with The Los Angeles Philharmonic. The Los Angeles Times praised his performance for its “illuminating freshness.” He has, for numerous seasons, appeared as a guest artist with the Oregon Bach Festival, led by German conductor, Helmuth Rilling. In recent seasons he has sung with the Florida Orchestra, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Miami Bach Society, the American Sinfonietta, the Grand Rapids Symphony, and the Seattle Chamber Singers (with Orchestra Seattle). He frequently appeared as a soloist with Maestro Robert Shaw and the Robert Shaw Festival Singers. His performances with the Festival Singers can be heard on recordings released by Telarc International. He has sung the role of the Evangelist in both Bach Passions with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and is tenor soloist on their recording of hymns (2001). In 2002 he made his solo debut at Carnegie Hall and appearances with the Bach Choir of Berlin. He returned to Carnegie Hall for performances of Messiah with the Masterwork Chorus and Orchestra in 2008. Cock studied at the University of Southern California and completed his undergraduate study at Pacific Lutheran University. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Arizona (Tucson), where he was a student of Maurice Skones.

The Valparaiso University Chorale

Chorale (pdf download) (photo download)

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 tradition, 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 four 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. Their fourth residency, in June 2012, marked the 800th anniversary of the St. Thomas Church and its choir, the Thomanerchor.

Under the direction of 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 Paradisum” (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.”

The Chorale and the St. Thomas Church

chorale in germany (pdf download)

During the last decade, Valparaiso University has developed a strong relationship with St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, Germany, and the Chorale is the only collegiate American choir to serve four residencies at the church. Because of the close partnership between the two institutions, Valpo offers a rare opportunity for music enthusiasts in the Midwest region to see the choir of Johann Sebastian Bach’s home church.

Throughout its history, the church and its St. Thomas Boys’ Choir have played a significant role in shaping Lutheran church music. In 1723, Bach was installed as St. Thomas’ director of music, a position he served
for 27 years.

In June 2012, to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the church, the Valparaiso University Chorale and University President Mark A. Heckler, Ph.D., visited Leipzig for the annual Bach fest celebration. During this visit, Heckler signed an agreement with the church resolving to continue the cultural, educational and theological exchanges for many years to come. As part of this agreement, the Chorale will continue to perform at the St. Thomas Church, the Bach Institute at Valparaiso University will conduct scholarly endeavors in Leipzig, and St. Thomas clergy and cantors will contribute theologically and musically to Valpo’s campus.