The Kirkwood Concert Chorale performs a challenging and exciting repertoire, ranging from classical and opera, to contemporary works.
The Concert Chorale is an auditioned ensemble of approximately 50 singers. The ensemble consists of both music and non-music majors, and all students are eligible for music scholarships for their participation. The Concert Chorale rehearses on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-3:30 p.m. and students receive one hour of elective credit for their participation.
Recent literature includes Arvo Part's "Magnificat," "Holocaust Cantata, Songs from the Camps" by Donald McCullough, Faure's "Requiem," Benjamin Britten's "Ceremony of Carols," Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms," Mozart's "Missa Brevis in D" and Respighi's "Laud to the Nativity." The Concert Chorale participated in a week-long residency with Fred Onoverosuoke, Ph.D., in preparation for its "Africa Sings" concert which featured an immersion experience in African music and culture. Onoverosuoke included recordings of the Kirkwood Concert Chorale in his recent "Songs of Africa" choral score and CD compilation published by Oxford University Press. The Concert Chorale participated as a guest choir at the 2009 Festival of African and African American Music and has performed with the internationally acclaimed Boys Choir of Kenya and the Winneba Youth Choir of Ghana.