The University Choir is a group of about 40 voices selected from the members of the University Choral Society. In addition to major works, the choir performs music composed for smaller ensembles, such as Baroque cantatas, Renaissance Masses and motets, and twentieth-century chamber works. In addition, a select group of about 12 singers, selected from the members of the University Choir, perform as the Penn Chamber Singers. This smaller ensemble performs madrigals, chansons, and part-songs at the Choir concerts. Led by William Parberry, the University Choir performs two concerts per year in Irvine Auditorium.
William Parberry has directed the University of Pennsylvania Choral Society and University Choir since 1973. Through its long history the Penn choruses have performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, and the Opera Society Orchestra of New York. While the University Choir performs exclusively Western Art Music on campus, they were chosen to perform with two major popular performing artists - Michael Crawford (The Phantom of the Opera) in his tour of the United States in 1998 - and Barbra Streisand, in the final concert of her career at Madison Square Garden in 2000.
As co-director of Early Music at Penn, Mr. Parberry also conducts Ancient Voices, one of the premier vocal ensembles in Philadelphia. He received his Bachelor of Music in voice from the New England Conservatory and his Master of Music in choral conducting from Temple University. In addition to his conducting, Mr. Parberry sings professionally, teaches voice; and has also taught music theory, musicianship, and the history of jazz as a lecturer in the Department of Music at Penn.
Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00pm; Thursdays, 5:30-7:30pm; Rose Recital Hall