At the laying of the cornerstone for the University of the South on Oct. 10, 1860, a choir is first mentioned singing Psalm 100. Since that time, the University Choir has continued to play an important role in the musical life of the University and All Saints' Chapel through services, recitals, and related ventures.

The University Choir, directed by Geoffrey Harris Ward, consists of roughly 50 dedicated undergraduates who sing at weekly services in All Saints' Chapel, monthly Evensongs, and a variety of recitals throughout the program year. Choir membership is open to any student—no audition or previous experience is required, and the choir consists of a variety of students with different backgrounds and interests outside of their time in rehearsal.

As an active touring ensemble, the choir has performed extensively throughout the southeastern United States as well as Colorado, New York, and Canada. Since 1979, the choir has made more than 10 tours of England, singing the service of Choral Evensong in more than 20 cathedrals and abbey churches.

Behind the Scenes—Choir

If you are looking for choral opportunities to be part of your college experience, a visit to All Saints' Chapel with the University Choir should be on your bucket list. You have to see (and hear) it to believe it. This exclusive campus visit experience is available several times during the spring.

The Choral Institute

The Choral Institute is a weeklong summer experience for prospective students who love to sing. Students will be on the campus during the first week of the summer school session. Prospective students will be immersed into the academic life of Sewanee on the campus. The Office of Admission will have advising sessions that highlight the college application process.

University Choir Tours

As an active touring ensemble, the University Choir has performed extensively throughout the southeastern United States as well as Colorado, New York, and Canada. Since 1979, the choir has made more than ten tours of England, singing the service of Choral Evensong in more than 20 cathedrals and abbey churches.

Social Media

The University Choir is active on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Be sure to check out our feeds for information on recitals, tour announcements, performance videos and photos, and behind the scene looks at what it's like to sing at Sewanee.

Lessons & Carols

One of the highlights of the school year is the annual service of Lessons and Carols near the end of the Advent semester. Lessons and Carols regularly attracts as many as 3,000 people to campus each year, and it has even been featured in magazines. It is a festive occasion in which the community gathers together, sings together, and joins its voice with an age-old tradition.