Marsh Chapel Choir


Considered to be one of the most vibrant parts of the greater Boston University community, the Marsh Chapel Choir enjoys a rich heritage of quality music-making, both in worship and concert. Because the Chapel’s weekly Sunday service is broadcast on public radio station WBUR 90.9 FM, the Chapel Choir enjoys a reception and reputation extending far beyond our Charles River Campus.

Members are selected by audition and represent the broader University community, including graduate and undergraduate students, alumni, staff, and members of the Chapel’s community chapter. Connected by our regular responsibility at Marsh Chapel and our attentive care for the best in music, the Chapel Choir sings as the musical heart of the University  – a diverse community of voices with a shared pursuit for music’s unifying and enlivening possibility.

Each year, the Chapel Choir presents an extensive and ambitious program of repertoire, drawn largely from the European classical tradition. The works of Johann Sebastian Bach have long been central to our experience, with regular performances of the Bach Passions during Holy Week and, since 2006, a survey of cantatas in liturgical context in our Bach Experience series.

Recent Major Repertoire

BACH Mass in G major, BWV 236 (2010)
BACH Mass in B minor, BWV 232 (2013/14)
BACH St. John Passion, BWV 245 (2009, 2012)
BACH St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2011)
BARBER Agnus Dei, after Op. 11 (2014)
BRITTEN Cantata misericordium (2009, 2013)
BRITTEN Hymn to St. Cecilia (2011)
BUXTEHUDE Membra Jesu nostri (2008, 2011, 2014)
DURUFLÉ Requiem, Op. 9 (2010, 2013)
FAIROUZ Anything Can Happen (Marsh Chapel Choir Commission, 2013)
FAURÉ Requiem (2009, 2012)
HANDEL Judas Maccabaeus (2010)
HANDEL Messiah (2013)
HANDEL Saul (2006)
HANDEL Solomon (2008)
HAYDN Te Deum in C major, Hob. XXIIIc:2 (2012)
HAYDN Die Schöpfung (The Creation) (2009)
HOWELLS Requiem (2008, 2014)
HOWELLS Take him, earth, for cherishing (2007/08)
MENDELSSOHN Die erste Walpurgisnacht, Op. 60 (2012)
PIZZETTI Requiem (2007)
SCHOENBERG Friede auf Erden, Op. 13 (2014)
SCHUMANN Das Paradies und die Peri (2010)