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Choral Studies

The Emory choirs represent long-standing traditions in the Emory community, with performances including the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, solo concerts including a variety of choral repertoire, masterworks with the symphony orchestra, and joint concerts with Emory's a cappella groups.

The Emory Concert Choir has been featured in national ACDA conventions and tours internationally. The ensembles offer students the opportunity to grow as musicians, perform at the highest caliber, and to form close-knit bonds with others in the Emory community.

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Eric Nelson
Professor of Music
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Room 301

University Chorus

Open by audition to all Emory University students as well as to members of the Emory community, the University Chorus holds a unique place in Emory life. Music majors and non-majors, undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff, parents and their children, workers and retirees, alumni and neighbors, all come together to rehearse each Monday night, united by their common love of singing.

The chorus regularly collaborates with the Department of Music’s instrumental ensembles, including the Emory Wind Ensemble and the Emory University Symphony Orchestra. The chorus also takes part in the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, which is based on the traditional service at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England, and is one of Emory’s oldest traditions.


Mondays, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

For the most up-to-date audition schedule, visit the following website:

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

  • Enter the building on the side opposite of North Decatur Road
  • Parking available in the Fishburne Parking Deck next to Schwartz

Scales, tonal memory, sight-reading, and a short, unaccompanied song of your choice (My County 'Tis of Thee, Amazing Grace, etc.) 

Concert Choir

The Emory Concert Choir is a select forty-voice chamber choir. The ensemble has sung at both the Southern and National Conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. The Emory Concert Choir has performed at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City, St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, the Berlinerdom in Berlin, the Vatican in Rome, and St. Nicholas Church in Prague.

The choir sings a wide variety of sacred and secular repertoire from the Middle Ages to the present, from chant to folk song. Recent performances have included the Vivaldi Gloria, the Bach Magnificat, Dove’s Seek Him Who Maketh the Seven Stars, and Whitacre’s Cloudburst.

To sign up for auditions or for additional information, please visit Emory Choirs website.

Questions? Email Dr. Eric Nelson at