These pages provide information regarding both the American University Chorus and the American University Chamber Singers. Both ensembles welcome members from the entire American University community: undergraduate and graduate students, music majors and non-majors, students from every college across the campus, Washington Semester students, alumni, campus faculty and staff, and the Washington, D.C., community.
History of Choral Ensembles
Formed by James McLain in 1934, the Choral Ensembles of American University have flourished under the outstanding leadership of many of the region's most celebrated directors including Paul Calloway, Norman Scribner, Vito Mason, Paul Hill, Sondra Proctor, and Elise Eisenhower. Under the direction of Daniel Abraham since spring 2000, the AU Choral Ensembles continue to prosper and sustain their tradition of excellence in music performance and education. The ensembles have a history of touring both nationally and internationally.
Over the past thee-quarters of a century, the AU Choral Ensembles have maintained many choral groups ranging from Concert Choir to Repertory Choir, Madrigal Singers and Women's Choir. Currently, the American University Choral Ensembles are comprised of two major performing groups: the American University Chorus and the American University Chamber Singers. AU Choral Ensemble not only represents the Music Program and the Department of Performing Arts, but is a major artistic organization of, and ambassador for, American University.
The beautiful Abramson Family Recital Hall at AU's new Katzen Arts Center (pictured below) is home to both the AU Chorus and AU Chamber Singers as well as the AU Symphony Orchestra.