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Piano Renewal Initiative

Please consider supporting our Piano Renewal Initiative. If you have a high-quality piano in good condition that you are no longer using, or if you would like to purchase or contribute towards a new piano, please contact the Department of Music Office for more information regarding our specific needs.

Metropolitan Club donates Steinway M grand piano

Katz Foundation donates new Steinway recital piano

Leon Bates Masterclass and Mini-Concert officially launches Piano Renewal Initiative.

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Choir and Chorale

Eric O. Poole, Director

The Howard University Choir
Dunbarton Chapel, Howard University School of Law
Christmas 2018

University Choir

The Howard University Choir, the largest group, is composed of students, faculty, staff and alumni from the university community. Recognized by many as a national treasure, this resident choir of one of the nation's most prestigious universities performs for all major convocations and functions of the University. Under the conductor, the late Warner Lawson, the choir gained national and international acclaim when it toured, in 1960, eighteen countries in South America. Under the next conductor, J. Weldon Norris, the choir, since 1973 has performed in sixteen countries on five continents.

University Chorale

The University Chorale is primarily the concert and touring choir for which auditions are required. Although primarily music majors constitute this group, auditions are open to all students and the university community.


    • March 31, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
      The Howard University Chorale in Concert
      St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
      728 23rd Street, NW
      Washington, DC 20037

Orchestra 2014

In Performance at the White House
Howard University Choir Exclusive

Clip: Season 2010 Episode 1 | 2m 53s
In this web exclusive clip, the Howard University Choir,
under the direction of J. Weldon Norris, sings "Lord, I Don' Done"
Aired: 02/10/10


Membership in the Choir and Chorale is open to all Howard University students. An audition is required. If interested, please contact Ms Tiara Harper, Administrative Assistant, Office of Choirs and Bands, at (202) 806-7088 or by email at tiara.harper@Howard.edu.

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The Howard University Choir has a long and distinguished history.

The Howard University Choir, the resident choir of the Nation's pre-eminent African-American University, is recognized as one of the most outstanding choral groups in the United States. A national treasure, the Choir gained national and international acclaim under the leadership of its former conductor, the late Dr. Warner Lawson. Under the leadership of Dr. J. Weldon Norris, its present conductor, the Choir has maintained its tradition of excellence, performing in some of the world’s major cities. Under Dr. Norris, the Choir has been critically acclaimed for its performances of choral works by J. S. Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and Poulenc. In 1978, after a performance of J. S. Bach's Mass in B Minor, The Washington Post exclaimed, "the total effect was impressive and the chorus in particular was superb." True to its singular legacy, the Choir has become the definitive interpreter of Negro Spirituals and Work songs, as well as of choral works by composers of African descent. The Washington Post pronounced recently that the Choir's performance of Negro Spirituals was "mesmerizingly beautiful."

Since the appointment of Dr. Norris as its conductor in 1973, the Choir has performed in the International Choral Festival in Rome, Italy; the Music Festival in Cracow, Poland; the International Choral Festival in Tokyo, Japan; the International Choral Festival in Canada; as well as in concert in New York City, California, Washington, and the first International Festival of University Choirs in Valencia, Spain. The Choir has also toured the Caribbean and France, where one of its performances was in the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.

Having won first prize in the Habanera portion of the International contest of Habaneras and polyphonic compositions in Torrevieja, Spain, in August 1994, the Choir returned in September 1996 to Spain, where it participated in the International Festival of University Choirs in Valencia to outstanding ovations and reviews. As a result of it stellar performances in Valencia, Spain, the Choir was asked to present a series of concerts in Russia. Sponsored by the Glinka State Conservatoire in Nizhzy Novgorod, Russia, the Choir traveled to Russia in May 1997. In addition to the concerts in Nizhzy Novgorod, the Choir also performed in the ancient town of Amaras, Russia. In November 1996, the Choir toured St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, performing and giving workshops. The European concert tour of 1997 took the Choir to Belfort, France, where it participated in the annual International Festival of Music and to Oxford University (England) where the Choir performed in the chapel of Balliol College.

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Formation of College of Fine Arts Postponed

8/6/2019. The University has revised the timeline for transforming the departments of Art, Theatre and Music, currently comprising The Division of Fine Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences, into a new College of Fine Arts. Read more...

Event Highlights

Many of our events are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!



Jazz Choir Auditions
Tuesday, August 20, 2:10-3:30 PM, Childers Recital Hall (Rm 3001) and Thursday, August 22, 2 PM-, Room 3009, Lulu Vere Childers Hall - OPEN TO ALL INTERESTED HU STUDENTS!

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