Temple University Choirs
The Temple University Choirs have enjoyed a rich tradition of excellence under the batons of some of Philadelphia's most prominent conductors. The six ensembles comprise nearly 200 students each year, and have enjoyed regional and national acclaim for their performances both individually and collectively. Between the 1940s and 1980s the combined choirs performed annually with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and since 2002 have collaborated annually with the Temple University Orchestra at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. All choirs are open to Temple students of all majors by audition.
Temple choirs strive for excellence, artistry, and individual growth. They embrace both standard choral works and contemporary music from all around the world. In 1967, under the preparation of Robert Page and the baton of Eugene Ormandy, the choirs performed Carl Orff’s Catulli Carmina with the Philadelphia Orchestra, a performance that tied with Leonard Bernstein’s Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 for that year’s Grammy Award for Best Classical Choral Performance (Other Than Opera). In 2015, the Concert Choir and members of the University Singers joined The Philadelphia Orchestra and Westminster Symphonic Chorus for a four-performance run of Bernstein's MASS under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Engagements for 2015-2016 included invited conference performances for the National Collegiate Choral Organization and American Choral Directors Association Eastern Division, as well as a performance of Bach motets with special guest conductor Helmuth Rilling.
Temple’s choirs have enjoyed leadership by some of the profession’s finest musicians, including:
- Elaine Brown, founder of Philadelphia’s Singing City choir, passionate advocate for the role of choral singing in social integration, and only the second woman to conduct the Philadelphia Orchestra
- Robert Page, director of choral studies at Carnegie Mellon University; two-time Grammy Award-winning artist and guest conductor with the major US orchestras, including Cleveland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Houston, and Dallas
- Alan Harler, winner of Chorus America’s 2009 Michael Korn Founders Award for Development of the Professional Choral Art, and first Temple conductor to earn invitations to regional and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and National Collegiate Choral Organization
Current director of choral activities Paul Rardin joined the Temple faculty in 2011.
Temple University Combined Choirs, including Singing Owls, performed Carmina Burana at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts with the Temple University Symphony Orchestra on April 1, 2016. Andreas Delfs, conductor. Watch on YouTube.