Choirs at Gustavus

Chapel_Choir_1 The Gustavus Choir

The Gustavus Choir is the premier, select choir of Gustavus. The Gustavus Choir draws its repertoire from the fine choral compositions of the past and from contemporary literature.The 70-member ensemble performs an annual concert tour, in Christmas in Christ Chapel, a spring choral concert, liturgical services in Christ Chapel, and for other special college events.

The Gustavus Choir's recent international tours include the Music Capitols of Europe (January 2018), The British Isles (2014), Italy (2010), South Africa (2006). Choir membership is by audition. Rehearsals are Monday through Friday from 4:30 to 5:40 PM. The ensemble is under the direction of Brandon Dean.

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The Choir of Christ Chapel

For fifty years, Christ Chapel has been a center for faith exploration, lively intellectual discourse, and vivid music expression on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College. The Choir of Christ Chapel is a 100-voice mixed ensemble in an active and highly integrated choral program. The choir performs fine choral repertoire selected specifically to complement the various liturgies celebrated on campus, including Christmas in Christ Chapel and other major choral events on campus. While students in the choir represent a variety of academic majors and life interests, they share a common passion for choral singing.

The choir has been invited to perform multiple times at the Minnesota Music Educator’s Association Midwinter Clinic, performed for the King and Queen of Sweden, and collaborated with internationally renowned choreographer Stephen Koplowitz to present a site-specific performance in celebration of the Sesquicentennial anniversary of the College.

All are welcome, and no audition is necessary. Rehearsals are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 4:30 to 5:30 PM. This ensemble is under the direction of Elisabeth Cherland. If you are interested in singing in the Choir of Christ Chapel, please contact Dr. Cherland at cherland@gustavus.edu

The St. Lucia Singers

The St. Lucia Singers is an auditioned group of soprano and alto singers that performs distinct choral repertoire from across all historical periods. The choir maintains an active performance schedule, including participation in the annual production of Christmas in Christ Chapel, the Family Weekend worship service, an annual spring concert, and various liturgical services on campus.

The choir is named for St. Lucia, one of the earliest Christian martyrs, who was killed by the Romans in 304 because of her religious beliefs. The choir provides music for the annual St. Lucia Festival on campus, which honors the personal virtues of St. Lucia. Choir membership is by audition. Rehearsals are Monday through Thursday from 3:30 to 4:20 PM. This ensemble is under the direction of Elisabeth CherlandIf you are interested in singing in the Lucia Singers, please contact Dr. Cherland at cherland@gustavus.edu

Social Justice Choir

By identifying and exploring contemporary social and justice issues this group engages in the empathetic, collaborative, and collective power of singing together to create change. Students sing together, select and/or compose songs that relate to justice issues, and engage wider communities through song. Events and performance/engagement opportunities will be chosen or organized by the group. This ensemble is under the direction of Elisabeth Cherland. If you are interested in singing in the Social Justice Choir, please contact Dr. Cherland at cherland@gustavus.edu