"The University of Evansville has a vibrant and active choral program. I invite you to explore some of our current opportunities in choral music at UE, which include: University Choir, Kantorei, Mixed Chorus, and Women's Chorus."
— Dr. Dennis Malfatti, Director of Choral
One of four choirs at the University of Evansville, the University Choir has built a reputation for performances of major choral-orchestral masterworks, a cappella music ranging from the Renaissance through the 21st century, part songs, and spirituals. Recent major works have included C.P.E. Bach’s Magnificat, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, the Requiems of Mozart and Fauré, and J. S. Bach’s Cantata 131. Additionally, the choir has performed Verdi’s Requiem, Haydn’s Creation and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Evansville Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra. In May of 2011, the University Choir joined members of the Evansville Philharmonic Chorus and several other choirs from Indiana, Kentucky, New York, and California to perform Haydn's Paukenmesse at Carnegie Hall in New York with the New England Symphonic Ensemble. This milestone performance for the choir was conducted by University of Evansville's Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Dennis Malfatti who has led the choral program at UE since 2007.
In January 2013, the University Choir had the distinct honor of performing by invitation at the Indiana Music Educators Association State Convention in Fort Wayne. This was the choir’s second appearance in recent years at IMEA having also been invited to perform at the convention in 2010 in Indianapolis. That same year, the choir had the privilege to perform in a master class with the world renowned vocal sextet, The King’s Singers. The choir has also been selected repeatedly by the Indiana Choral Directors Association to record the Indiana All-State Choir audition piece for dissemination to high school choral students throughout the state.
Students in the University Choir include both music majors and non-music majors. Admission into the choir is by audition.
Ave Maris Stella by Kverno
Richte mich Gott by Mendelssohn
Each year, twelve students are selected from the choral program to perform in the university’s smallest and most select choral ensemble, the Kantorei. This highly select ensemble’s repertoire includes both Renaissance works as well as demanding twentieth century works. Recent performances have included Holst’s Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda, Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, and Poulenc’s Litanies à la vierge noire.
The Men's Chorus provides University of Evansville men the great tradition of all male choral singing. In addition to performing independently, they also perform with the Women's Chorus and the University Choir covering repertoire ranging from classical choral works for men's voices to popular glee club favorites. Made up of both music majors and non-music majors, men from across the campus join the chorus as a great outlet for both music making and camaraderie.
Distinguishing itself as the largest choir at the University of Evansville, the Women's Chorus presents a choral concert each semester and participates in the annual Holiday Pops Concert. The choir performs both as an independent ensemble and also in combined performances with the University Choir, the Men's Chorus, and the University Symphony Orchestra. Students from all across the campus join the Women's Chorus each year making for an energetic mix of both music majors and non-music majors.