Choral Music at TCU

Choral music holds a special and important place at TCU. Many of the university’s students—both music majors and non-music majors—sing in one of our five choral ensembles; choirs sing regularly at campus and community events, often with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra; there have been many appearances at prestigious choral gatherings, including Texas Music Educators and American Choral Directors National conferences; and choirs have been invited to perform at prestigious venues across the United States, including Carnegie Hall in New York City. In addition, the choirs have performed with acclaimed conductors, including Helmuth Rilling, Alice Parker, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, and Skitch Henderson. The repertoire sung by the choirs is also varied and impressive and includes such masterworks as the Brahms Requiem, Haydn Creation, Poulenc Gloria, Handel Messiah, Orff Carmina Burana, and Requiems by Mozart, Duruflé, and Fauré.

All the ensembles are under the direction of highly respected and experienced conductors who are specialists in their field. Dr. Christopher Aspaas conducts the Concert Chorale; Dr. Sheri Neill, an esteemed choral educator, conducts the University Singers; Mr. Brad White, known throughout Texas for his expertise in working with men, conducts the Frog Corps; and Dr. Amy Stewart, a highly skilled singer, pianist, and conductor, leads the Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

The ensembles are also assisted by impressive faculty and staff accompanists. Mrs. Janet Pummill, who has collaborated with some of the most renowned choral conductors in the United States and who has appeared regularly at TMEA, accompanies Concert Chorale; Mrs. Marge Mock, who has worked with choirs throughout Texas, accompanies University Singers and Frog Corps; Mr. Joey Carter, a jazz keyboardist and percussionist as well as a member of the TCU theory faculty, accompanies the Vocal Jazz Ensemble; and Dr. Amy Stewart, the conductor of the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, accompanies the Women’s Choir.

For further information about the TCU Choral Programs and/or scholarship auditions and dates, write or call:

Dr. Christopher Aspaas
Director of of Choral Activities
Texas Christian University
School of Music
TCU Box 297500 - Fort Worth, Texas 76129
817.257.7609 Fax: 817.257.7344