An Iconic Identity: Stories and Voices of Duke University Chapel
The musical life at Duke Chapel includes three dynamic and distinct choirs that provide music at both concerts and services. The Chapel Choir is the oldest and largest of these ensembles, and it has historically consisted of over one hundred members from both the university and the surrounding communities. In addition to leading weekly Sunday morning services during the academic year, the Chapel Choir has performed Handel’s Messiah every year since 1933, toured throughout the U. S. and around the globe, and produced several commercial recordings.
In addition to the Chapel Choir, Duke’s Vespers Ensemble, composed of approximately twenty-five members, was founded in January 1987. This choir leads a Thursday evening service and has historically performed a variety of unaccompanied chamber music. This group has also toured and boasts two recordings of their own. Duke Chapel’s youngest choir is the Evensong choir, founded in the fall of 2015. This group leads a traditional service of Anglican Evensong each Sunday evening.
Collectively, these choirs provide a robust and dynamic heritage of performing excellent music in a truly remarkable space.