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Heinz Chapel Choir - International Tour 2020

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Project ended on December 31, at 11:59 PM EST
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Heinz Chapel Choir - International Tour 2020

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.

Our Project:

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

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Heinz Chapel Windows

The Heinz Chapel is home to 23 beautiful stained glass windows, which we will keep in our hearts and minds as we begin our journey to Scandinavia. Your donation will help us take flight from our home here in the US all the way to Copenhagen, Denmark!


Our People

For generations, our Heinz Chapel Choir family has grown and evolved, and we have made music together all along the way. This year’s choir consists of 49 members committed to making beautiful sounds. Your donation will help to give us a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share our love for music with the world!


Roskilde Viking Ships

Near the end of the Viking Age, five ships were sunk in the fjord by Roskilde, Denmark to protect the town. In 1962, these ships were recovered to become the Roskilde Viking Ship Museum. Your donation will help us “drop anchor” in the seas the Vikings once sailed and start our own Age of HCC there!


Eric Ericson

The choral world was revolutionized by the late Swedish conductor Eric Ericson, who gave us nearly 100 years of excellence in cultivating the art of a cappella singing. Your donation will help us honor his legacy as we study the choral scene Sweden develops to this day.


Gamla Stan

Known as Stockholm’s “Old Town,” Gamla Stan is famous for its cobbled streets and colorful 17th-18th century architecture. Your donation will help us experience and appreciate the rich history of Sweden!


Øresund Bridge

This 5-mile international bridge connects Denmark and Sweden through a uniquely engineered underwater tunnel and a series of 54 spans – the longest of which is almost 500 meters! Your donation will help us “cross that bridge” when we get there!


Stockholm Palace

With 1,430 rooms, 5 museums, and a library of 100,000 books, the Stockholm Palace is one of the grandest palaces in Europe. Your donation will help us feel like royalty in the last leg of our tour!

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