Heinz Chapel Choir
The Heinz Chapel Choir is an internationally known mixed a cappella choir from the University of Pittsburgh founded in 1938 which draws its members from the University's student body. They give their performances in the Heinz Memorial Chapel. The group was first founded as the A Capella Choir, and became the official chapel choir when Heinz Chapel was opened in 1938 and thus changed their named accordingly. The choir is currently directed by John Goldsmith, and has been performing for over 70 years and has become part of the tradition of Heinz Memorial Chapel.
In addition to regular performances in Pittsburgh, the Heinz Chapel Choir regularly undertakes domestic and international tours. In spring of 2009, the group embarked on a tour of China and Hong Kong and is scheduled to tour Peru and Bolivia in 2012. Previous international tours have taken them to Brazil (2006); Italy and Croatia (2001); Spain and France (1998); Greece and Italy (1995); Germany, Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Austria, and Switzerland (1992); Belgium, Ireland, and a 14 city tour of France (1984), France (1982, 1980 and 1978); and England, France, and Italy (1974). Domestic tours have taken it throughout the United States, during which the group was aired on a national radio broadcast from Washington, D.C. and appeared at the White House. The choir has seen a myriad of opportunities ranging from performing for audiences that have included world leaders such as Pope Paul VI and Helmut Schmidt, accompanying performances of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, to appearing in a concert with Duke Ellington. In the 1950s, the choir had its own Sunday television show air for five years on KDKA-TV, and its predecessor WDTV, in Pittsburgh.
- Heinz Chapel Choir Christmas, 1999
- A Cappella Music of the Americas
- 2001 Adriatic Odyssey, 2001
- Viking Adventure, 2003
- "Blame it on Rio" Tour, 2006
- Christmas in Heinz Chapel, 2007
- Great Wall Tour, 2009
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- Heinz Chapel Choir - Music
- Heinz Chapel Choir - official homepage