FESTIVAL ARCHIVE
Oakland Chorale

The Oakland Chorale

4. 7. 2017 at 20:30
St. Martin's church




The Oakland Chorale
is Oakland University’s elite touring choral ensemble. Membership in the Chorale is open to all university students via competitive audition each fall. The Chorale maintains a busy concert schedule including annual appearances with the Oakland Symphony Orchestra at the historic Orchestra Hall in Detroit.

The Chorale has toured frequently throughout  Michigan and the Midwest, as well as to Texas and New York,  and has appeared with  the Rolling  Stones  as part of their Zip Code Tour at Detroit’s Comerica Park.

In February 2017 the choir will perform with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and in summer
2017,  will undertake a European  concert tour featuring performances in Venice,  Italy;  Vienna, Austria; Ljubljana, Slovenia; and Zagreb, Croatia.

The  Chorale  has  been   honored   to   rehearse  and   perform   with   many   distinguished musicians, including Morten Lauridsen, Simon Carrington, Eph Ehly, and Stacey Gibbs.  Lauridsen praised the choir for giving "one of the finest performances of my music I have ever heard,” and Gibbs composed Live a-Humble for the Chorale as a thank you for singing his music with great passion.

Recent  Chorale alumni have pursued graduate study in music at the University of Michigan, Indiana University, New England Conservatory, Cincinnati Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music,  the Eastman  School  of Music,  Peabody Conservatory, and Juilliard,  among others, and include a finalist and several regional winners of the Metropolitan Opera auditions, a finalist in the Placido Domingo  Competition,  and the winner in the National Student  Auditions  at the NATS National Conference. Chorale alumni are also pursuing professional musical careers in the United States and Europe, and teaching music in schools throughout the country.





Dr. Michael  A. Mitchell
 is the Travis Professor of Music at Oakland University in Rochester,  Michigan where he serves as Director of Choral Activities,  conducting  the Oakland Chorale,  the University Chorus, and the Symphony Chorus.   In addition, Dr. Mitchell supervises the graduate program in choral conducting and teaches choral literature and conducting,  as well as a summer course on the history of rock music.





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