University Choral Society
The University Choral Society is a large mixed chorus of about 100 voices, made up of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and members of the community. The Choral Society performs major works by composers such as Brahms, Beethoven, Verdi, Schubert, Bach, and Mozart. In its performances, the Choral Society often joins a number of orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra, and the Penn Symphony Orchestra. The Choral Society performs 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.
Mondays, 8:00-10:00pm; Rose Recital Hall