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Northwestern University Chorale

The Northwestern University Chorale is a large mixed-voice ensemble devoted to performing a diverse repertoire. Comprised of graduate and undergraduate students, University Chorale often collaborates with the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra in masterworks and music of the 21st century. The ensemble also serves occasionally as the chorus for Northwestern’s opera productions. University Chorale has given the premiere performances of many works by living composers, including the world premiere of Christopher Cerrone’s The Last Message Received (a co-commission with Yale University), the American premieres of David Lang’s i never and crowd out, and the midwestern premieres of Kaija Saariaho’s Oltra Mar, John Adams’ On the Transmigration of Souls, James MacMillan’s St. John Passion, Thomas Adés’ America: a Prophecy, and David T. Little’s Am I Born and Dress in Magic Amulets, Dark, from My Feet

Chorale Director A.J. Keller is Associate Director of Choral Organizations at Northwestern and the founder and artistic director of Stare at the Sun, a Chicago-based, 24-voice professional chamber choir specializing in the curation and commissioning of music by living composers. He is also an active opera chorus master, having prepared choruses for Chicago Opera Theater, including for its world premiere production of Justine Chen’s The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing. He also served as assistant chorus master for the world premiere of David Lang’s prisoner of the state with the New York Philharmonic. He has served on the faculties of North Park University in Chicago and Beloit College in Wisconsin. An active choral singer himself, A.J. can be heard on multiple recordings by The Crossing.

A.J. Keller, conductor
Tim Lambert, graduate assistant conductor
Charles Foster, collaborative keyboardist