The Concordia Choir
Dr. Michael Busch, conductor
The Concordia Choir of Concordia University, Irvine, maintains a distinctive tradition of excellence with performances throughout the United States, Western Europe, Asia, and South America. The critically-acclaimed ensemble of forty-five voices performs a diverse selection of fine sacred choral literature from a variety of cultures and historical eras. The Concordia Choir regularly performs before large audiences in the beautiful acoustics of the Concordia Center for Worship and Performing Arts. Their annual performances include national tours, the popular Concordia Christmas Concerts, a Fall Festival of Hymns, and a MasterWorks Concert series with professional orchestra.
The Concordia Choir has been featured in concerts tours throughout the world, including the countries of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Poland, and Hungary. In May 2014, the choir was featured in a concert tour of Italy, performing at Chiesa di Sant'Agnese in Agone in Rome, Chiesa di San Moisè in Venice, as well as Mass services at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. In 2017, the choir will be featured in concerts throughout Germany during the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
The Concordia Choir of Concordia University, Irvine is comprised of excellent singers from around the United States. Over half of its singers are from the state of California, while the rest represent nine different states. Music majors make up a third of the ensemble, while others include majors in elementary education, international studies, communication, business, psychology, pre-med, chemistry, math, theatre, and English. Several students are preparing for church work as pastors, youth directors, and music directors.
The Concordia Choir will tour domestically this spring through the beautiful island of Oahu as part of its Concordia Choir “Aloha” Tour 2015. A list of performances and repertoire will be available online at www.cui.edu/GOmusic.
Each spring the choir presents a major choral-orchestral work as part of its MasterWorks Concert series. Last April featured stunning performances of Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. Past MasterWorks Concerts have included performances of the Mendelssohn Elijah, Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem, F.J. Haydn Lord Nelson Mass, Honegger King David, Handel Messiah, Mozart Requiem, Mozart Grand Mass in C minor, Bach Magnificat, Mendelssohn St. Paul, Vaughan Williams Dona nobis pacem, Bernstein Chichester Psalms, and the J.S. Bach Mass in B Minor. Featured works for this year are the Francis Poulenc Gloria, Cesar Franck Psalm 150, and Maurice Duruflé Requiem.