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The Concert Choir of Georgetown University



Biography

The Georgetown University Concert Choir, under the direction of Professor Frederick
Binkholder, is a large mixed voice ensemble dedicated to the performance of exceptional choral
repertoire. Their performance repertoire not only encompasses large-scale masterpieces, but they
also serve as a key musical representative of the University at Faculty Convocations and
Honorary Degree programs. Concert Choir was also featured at the Kennedy Center as part of
Secretary of State John Kerry’s Our Ocean international conference in September 2016. The
ensemble performed Water Night by the Grammy Award winning composer Eric Whitacre. The
ensemble has greatly expanded its repertoire and successfully performed a considerable array of
music, including Symphony of Psalms by Igor Stravinsky, Missa Brevis in D. K65 by Wolfgang
Amadeus Mozart, Mass no. 2 in G major D 167 by Franz Schubert, Gloria in D major RV589 by
Antonio Vivaldi, Messe solennelle de Sainte-Cécile by Charles Gounod, Gloria FP177 by
Francis Poulenc, Rejoice in the Lamb by Benjamin Britten and Requiem in D minor K. 626 by
Mozart. This repertoire represents a critical pedagogy for the continued education and growth of
the ensemble. The ensemble also took part in the commission and premiere of the cantata
Vidimus Stellam by Boston-based composer Kevin Siegfried, and performs a yearly musical
benefit concert of Handel’s Messiah for the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Watch Past Performances

Video 2/24/2018: The Concert Choir of Georgetown University

The Concert Choir of Georgetown University gives the world premiere of the cantata Simon Bore the Cross by African American composer Margaret Bonds (1913–1972), with words by Langston Hughes. This work, once thought to be lost, was not performed during the composer’s lifetime and is based on the spiritual He Never Said a Mumblin’ Word.

The Concert Choir of Georgetown University