Our Choral Program
The choral program of Pepperdine University, under the direction of Dr. Ryan Board, offers a choice of three outstanding ensembles in which to participate:
- the Concert Choir
- Chamber Singers
- and Collegium Musicum
The Concert Choir
The Concert Choir (80 – 100 singers) is the largest mixed performing group made up of all music majors and/or music award recipients, as well as talented singers from other disciplines throughout the Pepperdine campus. The Concert Choir performs a variety of literature, and is featured in several prominent performances each year including the celebrated Pepperdine Christmas Concert and the Choral Masterworks Concert, which includes the performance of a major work with full orchestra.
The Pepperdine Chamber Choir
The Pepperdine Chamber Choir is a highly-skilled performance-based ensemble that is comprised mostly of music majors. This ensemble prepares and performs a variety of challenging music for the smaller ensemble and tours both domestically and internationally. The Pepperdine Chamber Choir presents stand-alone performances regularly as a part of the Prague Choral Festival and Pepperdine's The Ascending Voice. Recent tours destinations include Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Italy, Texas, and Arkansas.
The Collegium Musicum has served Pepperdine University and the general community as a highly selective, artistic and educational ensemble of singers and instrumentalists. This diverse group of student musicians, directed by Dr. Lincoln Hanks and Dr. Board, has performed music from the outermost edges of the concert repertoire, playing early music from Dunstable to Mozart, as well as works of 20th and 21st century and contemporary masters from Messiaen to Pärt.
Calling Pepperdine University's stunning Stauffer Chapel its home, the Collegium has also traveled internationally, performing Henrich Schütz's profound Die Sieben Worte Jesu Christiam dem Kreuz in Heidelberg's Providenz Kirche. By definition a collegium musicum is a gathering of student instrumentalists and singers who learn the performance styles of unique repertoires of music, culminating in a public performance. Pepperdine's Collegium provides its music students with valuable performance experience with specialized subjects such as early and contemporary notation, ornamentation, improvisation, figured bass, continuo playing, hexachords, musica ficta and temperaments.
If you are interested in donating to the Pepperdine University Choral Program, please visit our Choral Giving page.
For further information please contact the director of choral activities, Dr. Ryan Board at (310) 506-7324 or Ryan.Board@pepperdine.edu.