voices of spirit
The Mary Pappert School of Music

is home to four separate choral ensembles - The Voices of Spirit, Pappert Men's Chorale, Pappert Women's Chorale, and University Singers.  These ensembles perform individually, as well as combined for larger-scale works.

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Choral Ensembles

Voices of Spirit

Craig G. Cannon, conductor

This highly select ensemble consists of 24 of the finest singers on the campus. The singers are dedicated to the study and performance of choral music at the highest level. They sing a challenging body of repertoire, from Renaissance masses and motets to opera choruses, jazz, popular standards, folk and contemporary art music. The Voices are equally adept at singing a cappella as well as with piano, jazz ensemble or orchestral instruments. They perform a variety of concerts throughout the region and statewide, and will represent Duquesne this fall on a performing tour of Eastern Europe which includes concerts in Vienna, Prague, and Budapest.

Pappert Men's Chorale

Robert Allen Kurth, conductor

The Pappert Men's Chorale is comprised of approximately 40 men, not only from within the music school, but from other disciplines and degree programs throughout the University. Their repertoire ranges from early Gregorian Chant and Renaissance motets through modern popular music and jazz standards. They will also combine with the Women's Chorale to perform larger choral works from time to time. Membership is determined by placement auditions prior to each semester.

Pappert Women's Chorale

Craig G. Cannon, conductor

The Pappert Women's Chorale is comprised of approximately 35 women, not only from within the music school, but from other disciplines and degree programs throughout the University. Their repertoire ranges from classical and folk music sung in a variety of languages through modern popular music and jazz standards. They also will combine with the Men's Chorale to perform larger choral works from time to time. Membership is determined by placement auditions prior to each semester.

University Singers

Patricia Donohue Burns, conductor

The University Singers is a small ensemble of beginning male singers who focus on developing performing skills through group vocal instruction. Membership is open to both music and non-music majors. The Singers perform standard classical, folk and art music in concert on the Duquesne campus.

Frequently Asked Questions  |   Non-music majors looking to audition