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, concerts, ceremonies, and celebrations.
The University Choir is the heart of musical life at Sewanee. Directed by Geoffrey Harris Ward, the University Choir is comprised of 50 dedicated undergraduates with a wide range of backgrounds, majors, and interests. The University Choir sings at weekly services in All Saints' Chapel, monthly Evensongs, and a variety of concerts and special events throughout the academic year. Choir membership is open to any student—no audition or previous experience is required.
The University Choir is an active touring ensemble and has performed extensively throughout the southeastern United States as well as in California, Oregon, Texas, 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.