DePauw University Choirs
Kristina Boerger, director and conductor
The University Chorus
The DePauw University Chorus offers opportunities for both beginning and advanced students. These 60-70 mixed voices perform music incorporating a diversity of choral repertoire, voicings and sounds, including at least one of the great choral masterworks each year. In 2013, the combined University choirs presented Bernstein’s masterpiece Chichester Psalms, in the version for choir, organ, percussion and harp, welcoming back to the podium Musical America’s 2004 “Conductor of the Year” and distinguished DePauw alumnus Joseph Flummerfelt ’58. The following year, the choirs presented Poulenc’s Gloria and in 2015, Beethoven’s majestic Symphony No. 9, in performance with the DePauw University Orchestra.
The Chamber Singers
The DePauw Chamber Singers is a select 16-20 member group that performs small-scale choral works and chamber music. The ensemble’s performances feature pieces ranging from the early renaissance to the 21st century. This challenging repertoire facilitates the development of skills necessary in becoming an advanced choral singer and musician. On many occasions, the Chamber Singers have been able to participate in workshops with renowned living composers. A few recent examples include rehearsing A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass with composer Dominick DiOrio, the dramatic cantata Eleanor Roosevelt with Libby Larsen, working with DePauw School of Music faculty composer Scott Perkin on A Stolen Child and with Pulitzer prize-winner John Corigliano on his L’invitation au voyage.
The Chamber Singers can be heard many times each semester, both on campus and in festivals and collaborations in the surrounding area. In select years, they are able to participate in touring projects across the United States and abroad. Since 2013, the Chamber Singers have toured nationally to Ann Arbor, Chicago and Houston. The group’s international tours have taken them to China in 2008 and, most recently, to Mexico in 2014.
On the 2014 tour to Texas, the DePauw Chamber Singers were fortunate to work with Anita Kruse, founder of Purple Songs Can Fly, a program that allows children being treated for cancer and blood disorders at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers to write and record their own songs in an in-hospital recording studio. While in Houston, the Chamber Singers were able to visit the Purple Songs Can Fly studio and perform at Texas Children’s for several patients and their families. As a part of the work with Purple Songs Can Fly, the Chamber Singers were also able to record former DePauw choral director Gregory Ristow’s a cappella choral arrangement of one of the program’s songs, Celebration of Hope, at ZapBoomBang Studio in Houston.
Songs of Old DePauw
Celebrate 175 years of musical tradition with Songs of Old DePauw.
As 2012 and DePauw’s 175th anniversary year came to a close, the School of Music announced the culmination of two projects: creation of the School’s new recording label, DePauw University Recordings, and the first recording in the new catalog, Songs of Old DePauw.
The commemorative CD features 21 tracks of music, beautifully arranged and conducted by Gregory Ristow, director of choirs, and wonderfully sung by the DePauw Chamber Singers and accompanied by pianist Amanda Hopson. Included on the recording are such favorites as “Old Gold” and “Tiger Yell Song,” along with a special tribute track, the unforgettable “Toast to DePauw,” sung by the late baritone Dr. Stanley Irwin.
The CD and 16-page companion booklet are available for purchase online for $10 at Eli’s Bookstore, in downtown Greencastle, or by mail through the School of Music Office, Room 1124, 605 S. College Avenue, Greencastle, Indiana 46135.