University Choir

About

University Choir proudly continues Purdue Musical Organization's already-established tradition of musical excellence with style and flair. From its humble beginnings in 1933, University Choir once encompassed all voices from every ensemble in PMO, as many as 500-strong. Eventually established as its own full-time ensemble, this mixed-voice choir performs traditional sacred and secular concert choir music, spanning Renaissance to Contemporary, and occasionally venturing into repertoire that includes gospel, musical theater, world music, and everything in between.

University Choir rehearses Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:30-2:20 p.m., and can be seen performing in the Purdue Christmas Show, the PMO Fall and Spring Shows, and singing at various events in the greater Lafayette area and beyond.

For additional information about the ensemble, including the audition process, please email director Jeff Vallier at jvallier@purdue.edu.

Listen

"Salve Regina" performed at the Long Center in April 2019.

"Caballo Viejo" performed at the Long Center in April 2019.

"Roll, Jordan, Roll" performed at the Long Cener in November 2017.

Leadership

2021-22 U. Council Leaders

2021-22 U. Council Leaders

The student leadership, scholarship, and service honorary of University Choir is known as U. Council.

2022-23 U. Council Leaders:
Manager: Lauren Knudson
Assistant Manager: Fiona Ridenour
Advancement Leader: Alan Zhao
Brand Management Leader: James Shelton
Community Relations Leader: Cade Jarrett
Hospitality Leader: Olivia Budzevski
Properties Leader: Nick Mahoney
Recruitment Leader: Samantha Ferengul

History

Shortly after the founding of Purdue Musical Organizations in 1933, director Al Stewart sensed a need to involve as many students as possible. Thus, the Purdue Concert Choir was formed, a mixed-voice ensemble similar to those found at other colleges and universities. Before long, the Concert Choir had developed a following and became a featured part of special programs for University functions and alumni groups.

The Concert Choir continued to see steady growth, spawning a larger ensemble that was renamed the University Choir. It grew to more than 300 members by the early 1970s. In an effort to reduce the size, membership was limited to 66 voices through a rigorous audition process. To accommodate newly interested singers and those displaced by the University Choir audition, the Choral Club (a second soprano-alto group) was formed.

The group disbanded for a time but was brought back in the late 2000s. Under the current direction of Jeff Vallier, University Choir features 70 enthusiastic and capable musicians performing at some of the most beautiful and resonant venues throughout Indiana and the Midwest. Group members are eligible to audition for the PMO Chamber Choir, a specialty ensemble.