Choral Activities - Pepperdine University - Seaver College

Choral Activities

Our Choral Program

Under the direction of Dr. Ryan Board, Pepperdine's choral program offers a choice of two main ensembles as well as other unique, small-ensemble opportunities in which to participate.

The Concert Choir

The Concert Choir, composed of 80 – 100 singers, is Seaver College's largest mixed performing ensemble. The ensemble, comprised of music majors as well as majors from across the disciplines, performs a variety of choral literature. Each year, the Concert Choir is featured in several prominent performances including:

  • Founder's Day
  • Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • Pepperdine Christmas Concert
  • Choral Masterworks Concert

The Pepperdine Chamber Choir

The Pepperdine Chamber Choir, composed of 28 – 36 singers, is a highly-skilled, performance-based ensemble 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. In 2018, the Pepperdine Chamber Choir will tour the Midwest and will perform for the 2018 Western Division Conference of the American Choral Directors Association in Pasadena, California. Additionally, the ensemble has made two stand-alone appearances at the Prague Choral Festival. Past tour and performance destinations include:

  • California
  • Texas
  • Arkansas
  • Italy
  • Switzerland
  • Czech Republic

Additional Vocal Ensemble Opportunities

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.

Additionally, our vocalists may audition for the highly popular Pickford Ensemble in collaboration with our student composers.

Choral Videos

About Pepperdine's Choral Program

Pepperdine Chamber Choir, 2016 European Tour: "Only in Sleep" by Ēriks Ešenvalds

Pepperdine Chamber Choir, 2016 European Tour:"Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine" by Eric Whitacre

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