Choral Arts

Choral activities at Davidson College provide students a well-rounded education in the great historic works from the choral repertoire of the past, and introduces them to well-crafted contemporary works that are shaping the ever-evolving choral landscape of the future. Within those parameters, throughout four years of participation in the choral program, choirs at Davidson perform challenging repertoire that is artistically meritorious, scholarly, and historically relevant, while at the same time indulging in new and exciting repertoire that bridges the gap between the classical and popular genres through the performance and study of various multicultural and folk-type compositions.

Through participation in ChoraleDavidson Singers, and the Choral Arts Society, Davidson students find an exceptional outlet for artistic refinement and expression, learning the value of the study of music as a bridge to the past and a pathway to the future.

For tickets, stop by the Union Ticket Office, purchase online, or call 704-894-2135.

Key: Davidson College Presbyterian Church = DCPC and Duke Family Performance Hall = DFPH


ballerina in front of orchestra at the 2014 Holiday Gala

Holiday Gala

Monday, Nov. 30  • 7:30 p.m.  •   DFPH  •  Tickets
Tuesday, Dec. 1  •  7:30 p.m.  •  DFPH  •  Tickets

Usher in your season of holiday cheer with festive music, dance, theatre, and art all in one exciting and family-friendly show featuring the finest talent Davidson has to offer. Showcasing the college choirs, symphony orchestra, jazz band, along with community ensembles: Davidson Community Players, Dance Davidson, and Young Voices of the Carolinas. Don't miss what many people in the surrounding communities are calling their "new holiday tradition."

Chorale singing in DCPC

Christmas Vespers

Sunday, Dec. 6 • 7:30 p.m. • DCPC

A time-honored tradition on campus, join the Chorale, Carolina Brass and readers from the Davidson College staff to celebrate a contemplative and beautiful evening of lessons and carols.

Gilliam conducting singers in background

Messiah Sing-Along

Tuesday, Dec. 8  •  7 p.m.  •  DFPH  •  Tickets

All are invited to join the Davidson College Choirs in their one-night-only sing through of the Christmas portion (plus a few extras) of Handel's Messiah! Joined by an orchestral chamber ensemble, student soloists, and guests, enjoy with us this evening of jubilant choral revelry. Bring your own score; we'll have a few to share.

photo of boys singing

Chorale Spring Concert

Friday, April 1  •  5 p.m.  •  DCPC

It's spring time and the Davidson Choirs are bursting into song! Join in their penultimate concert of the year singing repertoire that spans five centuries and includes multiple styles and genres of engaging choral music. This concert also features the department's own student-led ensembles--Collegium Musicum and After Hours Vocal Jazz. There's something for everyone at the Chorale's April concert--no foolin'!

close-up of women singing in a chorale

Armed Man: Mass for Peace

Monday, April 25  •  7:30 p.m.  •  DFPH  •  Tickets

Join the Davidson Choirs and Pro Arte Orchestra as they combine to perform a work that has been described as a "firebomb of orchestral and human voices." Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace blends the universal themes of war and peace, and combines the traditional mass with other musical, religious, and historical sources. These include a fifteenth-century folk song, the Islamic call to prayer, texts from the Bible and the Mahabharata, along with words from the works of Rudyard Kipling, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Sankichi Toge, who survived the Hiroshima bombing.

boys singing

Chorale Farewell to Seniors Concert

Saturday, May 14  •  7:15 p.m.  •  DCPC

Celebrating and honoring the Class of 2016 on the eve of their graduation! This special performance will give the audience a taste of the ensemble's 2015-16 season, as well as offering performances of repertoire selected by senior vocalists.

Past Events 2015-16


This was the Chorale's first concert of the year for family and friends in this beautiful and resonant sanctuary. The Chorale's sound has been described as "ethereal, sensitive, and powerful," their repertoire "bold and challenging," and their performance "confident, artistic, and enjoyable."

Chorale Fall Concert

Davidson's premier choral ensemble performed their fall concert-for the first time ever in Duke Family Performance Hall-singing challenging repertoire on the themes of life, hope, heartache, joy, and love. The audience enjoyed exquisite a cappella and accompanied choral music sung by our elite Chorale in the campus's own beautiful concert hall.

Rachmaninoff's "Vespers"

Rachmaninoff's "All-Night Vigil" is celebrating its 100th anniversary of the writing and premiere of the timeless "Vespers," a work that has been described as his finest achievement and called the "greatest musical achievement of the Russian Orthodox Church." The Davidson College Choral Arts Society joined with the Davidson Singers to perform the hour-long masterpiece sung in its original Church Slavonic.