Since 1938, the Heinz Chapel Choir has drawn from many cultures and time periods to produce beautiful choral music. Its members aim to develop their musicianship, artistry, and sense of ensemble under the leadership of Dr. Susan Rice, the choir’s tenth conductor. The Choir’s home is the Heinz Memorial Chapel, a haven that has inspired beautiful choral music since the choir’s founding by its original conductor, Theodore “Pop” Finney. In its 80-year history, the choir has provided an opportunity for students spanning a number of academic fields to express their love for choral music, their dedication to excellence, and their passion for reaching the hearts and souls of their audience.
Through decades of international touring, the Heinz Chapel Choir has brought students to a host of countries whose cultures are rooted in rich choral traditions. These adventures widen our musical perspectives and flavor our work back home in Pittsburgh. In the spring of 2020, the Heinz Chapel Choir will bring our music to Denmark and Sweden in a 13-day educational/performance tour. After beginning our journey in Denmark and travelling through Sweden, we will sing in a workshop with choral conductor Helene Stureborg, a disciple of the world-renowned and influential Swedish choral master, Eric Ericson. In addition to our workshop, we will observe a rehearsal with her choir, the Helene Stureborg Kammarkör. Our time with Ms. Stureborg is the focal point of our journey and will help us apply our new musical experiences as we join the voices of Scandinavia's rich choral tradition, performing in Copenhagen, Mönsterås, Västervik, and Stockholm. When we aren’t singing, we look forward to absorbing the rich history in Scandinavia’s cities, Viking museums, and geographical wonders.
How You Can Help:
Donate: All of your contribution will directly help the choir members by reducing the cost of the tour for each individual singer. It's an HCC tradition that no singer should be left behind because of financial barriers, but this is only possible with your help. We appreciate every contribution and know that we wouldn’t have these opportunities without your help. Your support allows us to join the Danish and Swedish cultures in song and expand our musical perspectives.
Spread the Word: We understand that not everyone can donate, but we hope that you will still support us by sharing the link to this page through email, social media, or over a cup of coffee. If you know of an individual, corporation, or foundation that might like to support our campaign, please encourage them to visit our EngagePitt page.
Thank you for your continued generosity and support.
Formal photos by Nadine Photography ~ performance videos by Arts Laureate