Kimberly Dunn Adams, Director
The Grand Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Kimberly Dunn Adams, is the largest choral ensemble at Western Michigan University, involving approximately 180 students. Membership is primarily from the three major vocal ensembles—the University Chorale, Women's Chorus and Collegiate Singers—although other interested singers from the Kalamazoo and University communities may also participate.
Kimberly Dunn Adams is the chorus' 11th conductor. Previous conductors have been Harper C. Maybee, the first chairman of Western's Department of Music; Elwyn Carter; Thomas Hardie; William Appel; Mel Ivey; Thomas Kasdorf; Craig Arnold; Joe Miller; James K. Bass; and Ronnie Oliver Jr.
The Grand Chorus has performed with the Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra and the Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and Detroit symphonies. Major works performed include "Jeanne d'Arc" (Honnegger), "Requiem" (Verdi), "Te Deum" (Berlioz), "Belshazzar's Feast" (Walton), "Messiah" (Handel), "L'Enfance du Christ" (Berlioz), "A German Requiem" (Brahms), "Symphony Number 9" (Beethoven), "War Requiem" (Britten), "Hodie" (Vaughan-Williams), "Magnificat" (Bach), "King David" (Honnegger), "Missa Solemnis" (Beethoven), "Requiem" (Berlioz), "Symphony Number 8" (Mahler), "Requiem" (Mozart), "Prologue to Mephistopheles" (Boito), "Carmina Burana" (Orff), "Symphony Number 2" (Mahler) and "Dream of Gerontius" (Elgar).
Kimberly Dunn Adams