The Pacific Choral Ensembles have had a long and distinguished tradition at University of the Pacific. They are a rich and vital component of Pacific life and a platform for the fundamentals of ensemble collaboration, musicianship and musicality, providing the students with an opportunity to learn a myriad of styles and genres while singing with others.
One of the major focuses of the choral curriculum at Pacific Conservatory is to provide undergraduate-level conducting students with practical training opportunities to prepare themselves for the next chapter of their musical journey. In recent years, Pacific choral students have been admitted to the nation’s leading masterclasses including Yale Summer School of Music-Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and National ACDA undergraduate conducting masterclass. Graduates are actively involved in the regional and national choral music scene through their careers as music educators while the others pursue their further degrees in the graduate programs with strong choral legacy.
Students from Pacific Choirs had an opportunity to participate in the masterclass with the members of Roomful of Teeth. In addition, Pacific Choirs regularly collaborate with Stockton Symphony in concerts.
Notable repertoires from classical canon includes Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, Durufle’s Requiem, Faure’s Requiem, Vierne’s Messe Solennelle, Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzer, Beethoven’s Mass in C major and Choral Fantasy, and Bach’s Cantata BWV 150, to name a few. Pacific choirs are equally committed to discovering choral repertoires from diverse cultures from around the world, both contemporary and traditional.
Membership into the choral ensembles is open to any Pacific student by audition.