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. Due in part to the global reach of Marsh Chapel’s livestream and affiliation with Boston’s local NPR affiliate, WBUR, 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 Concert Repertoire (since 2006)

BACH Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 4 (2016)
BACH Du sollt Gott, deinen Herren, lieben, BWV 77 (2013)
BACH Easter Oratorio, BWV 249 (2016)
BACH Keyboard Concerto in D major, BWV 1054 (2009)
BACH Mass in B minor, BWV 232 (2013/14)
BACH Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199 (2015)
BACH O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht, BWV 106 (2009)
BACH Orchestral Suite in B minor, BWV 1067 (2010)
BACH St. John Passion, BWV 245 (2009, 2012, 2018)
BACH St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (2011, 2015)
BACH Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust, BWV 170 (2010, 2015)
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36 (2012)
BRITTEN Cantata misericordium (2009, 2013)
BRITTEN Hymn to St. Cecilia (2011)
BRITTEN Nocturne, Op. 60 (2013)
BRITTEN Serenade for tenor, horn, and strings, Op. 31 (2013)
BRITTEN Simple Symphony (2010/2013)
BRITTEN Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10 (2013)
BUXTEHUDE Membra Jesu nostri (2008, 2011, 2014, 2015)
COPLAND Quiet City (2010)
DURUFLÉ Requiem, Op. 9 (2010, 2013)
FAIROUZ Anything Can Happen (Marsh Chapel Choir Commission, 2013)
FAURÉ Requiem (2009, 2012)
FINZI Eclogue (2010)
HANDEL Dixit Dominus (2019)
HANDEL Israel in Egypt (2017)
HANDEL Judas Maccabaeus (2010, 2017)
HANDEL Messiah (2013)
HANDEL Saul (2006)
HANDEL Solomon (2008)
HANDEL Theodora (2015)
HAYDN Te Deum in C major, Hob. XXIIIc:2 (2012, 2018)
HAYDN Die Schöpfung (The Creation) (2009)
HOWELLS Requiem (2008, 2014)
HOWELLS Take him, earth, for cherishing (2007/08)
KALLEMBACH The Most Sacred Body of Jesus (Marsh Chapel Choir commission, 2016)
KALLEMBACH Songs on Letters of John and Abigail Adams (2016)
KYR Life Unto Life: Resurrection (Marsh Chapel commission, 2019)
LOTTI Credo in F (2019)
MANSURIAN Requiem (2015)
MENDELSSOHN Die erste Walpurgisnacht, Op. 60 (2012)
MOZART Mass in C minor (2018)
MOZART Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major, K. 364 (2009)
PIZZETTI Requiem (2007)
RACHMANINOFF All-Night Vigil (Vespers), Op. 37 (2015)
SCHOENBERG Chamber Symphony No. 1 (2009)
SCHOENBERG Friede auf Erden, Op. 13 (2014)
SCHUMANN Das Paradies und die Peri (2010)