University of Notre Dame Chorale



Winter Tour







About The Chorale


The Chorale is the official concert choir of the University of Notre Dame. A mixed ensemble of 55 voices specializing in choral works from the Renaissance to the present, it performs on campus a fall and spring concert in the Leighton Concert Hall of the Marie P. DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts in November and April. In addition, the Chorale performs Handel's Messiah with Chamber Orchestra in the Leighton Concert Hall in early December.

Each year's events include, besides the concerts on campus, a Winter Tour to cities around the USA in January, an evening concert on Friday of Commencement Weekend and participation in the Baccalaureate Mass the next day. The Chorale also takes an international tour every three or four years during the summer, which, in 1997, included cities in Italy (Rome, Orvieto, Spoleto, Assisi, Siena, Florence, Venice, Padua). In May 2000 the Chorale traveled to southern France (Nice, Arles, Aix-en-Provence), Switzerland (Geneva), southern Germany (Munich, Passau), Austria (Salzburg) and northern Italy (Venice). In May 2005 the Chorale toured New Zealand's South Island, performing in Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin, and Nelson. In May 2007 the Chorale returned to New Zealand, this time with concerts primarily in the North Island and sight-seeing in the South Island. In May 2011 the ensemble traveled to Rome for a week’s stay, with a side trip to Florence and Assisi; this tour included singing for the Pope at the General Audience, singing for Saturday Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, and full concerts in the Basilica San Francesco in Assisi and in Sant’ Ignazio in Rome. In May 2014 the Chorale traveled to Prague, Vienna, and Salzburg, with concerts in the Old St. Nicholas Church on the Square in Prague and in the Imperial Chapel of the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna.






About The Director


Alexander Blachly, the 1992 recipient of the Noah Greenberg Award given by the American Musicological Society to stimulate historically aware performances and the study of historical performing practices, has been active in Early Music as both performer and scholar for the past 42 years. He earned his post-graduate degrees in musicology from Columbia University. He is the founder-director of the internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble Pomerium, which is recording an on-going series of compact discs of a cappella Renaissance music. These recordings have appeared on the Old Hall, Glissando, Deutsche Grammophon/Archiv, Dorian, Classic Masters, and Nonesuch labels. Prior to assuming the post of Director of Choral Music at the University of Notre Dame in 1993, Mr. Blachly taught early music and directed collegia musica at Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, Rutgers University, and the University of Pennsylvania, where for eight years he directed the a cappella ensemble Ancient Voices. Mr. Blachly directs the University of Notre Dame Chorale and Chamber Orchestra and the Schola Musicorum (chant choir) of Notre Dame; has taught Music History I (Medieval & Renaissance), Music History III (Haydn to Debussy), Early Music Performance Practice, Renaissance Notation, Freshman Fine Arts University Seminar, Core, Music 122/222 (Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Wagner, Brahms), Music 50101 (Vocal Sacred Music I—Gregorian Chant), and Music 50102 (Sacred Polyphony of the Renaissance). For eleven years he hosted a three-hour classical-music radio show each Wednesday morning on the University’s classical-music radio station, WSND 88.9 FM.



Next Event:

2015 Fall Concert
2:00 pm, Sunday, Nov. 1

Accompanied by
Päivi Ekroth, piano

Leighton Concert Hall
DeBartolo Performing Arts Center