Duquesne choirs with orchestra on stage.

Choirs

Duquesne University is home to a two-choir program, led by Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Caron Daley since 2015. The Duquesne choirs consistently appear on Pittsburgh's most prestigious concert series and perform across the region, including recent concerts in Johnstown, Cleveland, Erie, Buffalo, and Philadelphia. In 2015, Voices of Spirit sang with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on the Grand Mellon Concert Series under Manfred Honeck. Committed to community outreach, the choirs frequently perform in schools, workshops, and conducting master classes, including the 2018 Eastern Division ACDA conducting master classes. In November 2019, Voices of Spirit was featured at the National Collegiate Choral Organization conference in College Park, MD. In March 2020, the choir toured to Canada.

Voices of Spirit

Members of Voices of Spirit walking on Duquesne University's campus.

Voices of Spirit is a mixed chamber/touring choir dedicated to the study and performance of choral music at an exceptional collegiate level. Each semester, the choir performs 3-6 concerts, including solo concerts and/or touring, large-scale performances with the Pappert Chorale and University Singers, school visits, and collaborations with Duquesne University instrumental ensembles.

Voices of Spirit is open to students in all academic majors with excellent reading skills who want a challenging choral experience. Admission is by competitive audition. Singers must be prepared to commit to two semesters with the exception of music education students engaged in student teaching. This course fulfills the large ensemble requirement for music majors.

Pappert Chorale

A choir performs in the University's Power Center ballroom.

Pappert Chorale is a mixed choir dedicated to the study and performance of choral music at a challenging collegiate level. Each semester, the choir performs 2-3 concerts, including large-scale collaborations with the Duquesne Voices of Spirit and instrumental ensemble, School of Music events, high school visits, and regional choral festivals.

Pappert Chorale is open to music majors and non-music majors by audition. This course fulfills the large ensemble requirement for music majors.

Watch Our Choirs Perform

To learn more about the Duquesne University Choral Ensembles, please email Dr. Caron Daley: daleyc1@duq.edu