Kimberly Dunn Adams, Conductor
Conducted by Kimberly Dunn Adams, the University Chorale is the premier choral ensemble at Western Michigan University and represents the university at home and throughout the world. This highly esteemed ensemble is selected by audition and meets Monday through Friday from 11 to 11:50 a.m. Chorale explores a wide range of repertoire and performs difficult and exciting pieces from all eras. Through Chorale, students experience a professional-level, high-quality rehearsal and performance process. The Chorale's annual performance itinerary includes concerts and festivals on the WMU campus, appearances in neighboring communities and churches, and tours within the United States and abroad.
University Chorale has a long history of excellence in performance and competition, and has appeared alongside professional ensembles such as the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and Seraphic Fire. Chorale has been invited to perform at multiple conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, including the 2003 ACDA National Conference in NYC, the 2016 Central Division Conference in Chicago, and Michigan State Conferences in 2004 and 2015. The ensemble has also performed at the 2008 National Collegiate Choral Organization Conference, and the 2016 Michigan Music Conference. In 2002, Chorale became the first choir from the United States to receive the grand prize at the Robert Schumann International Choral Competition. In 2004, Chorale was featured on the opening concert of the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival performing Stravinsky's Svadebka. In 2005, Chorale won the Silver Medal at the 28th International May Choir Competition, part of the prestigious European Grand Prix for Choral Singing series of competitions. In 2013, Chorale was awarded second prize in the collegiate choral division of The American Prize. In 2017, Chorale earned three Gold Diplomas (Collegiate, Contemporary, Spirituals) and the became the first choir from the United States to win the Grand Prix in the Kaunas Cantat, an international choral competition held annually in Lithuania.
Chorale has also released numerous recordings, including a 2010 release with Seraphic Fire of Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers; more recently, the ensemble premiered and recorded Paul Lansky’s choral cantata, Contemplating Weather, for Bridge Records (2015). Their latest album, Ex corde, was released in spring of 2016 and features unaccompanied choral works, including a world premiere recording of Ryan Keebaugh’s “The Suffering Servant.” Both of their recent albums are available for purchase through iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and other international retail distributors.
Purchase our music
Ex Corde: From the Heart
Listen to University Chorale
Video of WMU Chorale - Shenandoah
Video of Pearsall, Lay a Garland - WMU Chorale
Video of The Blue Bird, Op. 119, No. 3
Video of The Suffering Servant
Video of Contemplating Weather: IX. Snow Arithmetic
Video of Contemplating Weather: III. Climate Change Riffs
Kimberly Dunn Adams