Cornell University Chorus
Founded in 1921 as the Cornell Women's Glee Club, the Cornell University Chorus, under the direction of Professor Robert Isaacs since 2013, has a repertoire spanning eight centuries and ten languages, including masses, motets, spirituals, folk songs, and other classical and contemporary pieces. Aside from its constantly changing and increasing selection of women's music, the Chorus also performs works with the Cornell University Glee Club, such as Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Handel's Messiah, and Bach's Mass in B minor.
The Chorus performs annually during Convocation, Family Weekend, Senior Week, Commencement, and Reunions Weekend, and has fostered group unity through events such as weekend choral festivals and off-campus retreats. In addition to the concerts on campus, the Chorus also has experience in professional settings, working under the baton of Nadia Boulanger, Eugene Ormandy, Erich Leinsdorf, Michael Tilson Thomas, Julius Rudel, and Karel Husa on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Philadelphia Academy of Music, and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. The Chorus has also been featured on two nationwide broadcasts: a special half hour on CBS radio, and an appearance on PBS's MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour as part of an artistic feature on former director Susan Davenny Wyner. The Chorus has collaborated with world musician Samite of Uganda, participated in a production of Richard Einhorn's Voices of Light with Anonymous 4, and performed several major works with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, including most recently Bach's Mass in B Minor and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Cornell Symphony Orchestra.
In the past several years, the Chorus has expanded its achievements with successful tours to New England, the Midwest, the Southeastern United States, California and Canada. In addition to these extended trips, the Chorus also travels to other universities for competitions and festivals. In the past, the women have performed at Harvard for the Centennial Celebration of the Radcliffe Choral Society as well as joint concerts with the Toronto Women's Chorus, the Penn State Glee Club, and the Wellesley Chorus. The Chorus began touring internationally, with a trip to Taiwan in 1998, a joint tour with the Glee Club to Venezuela in the summer of 2001, a tour to Italy in 2005, and a tour to China in 2008. The Chorus and Glee Club are planning a joint tour to Mexico and Guatemala for the winter of 2016.