Originally known as the Mozart Society, the Fisk University Choir was established in 1879 by Adam K. Spence, first principal of the Fisk School. The purpose of the ensemble was to assist the Jubilee Singers during their heavy touring season.
The University Choir is a mixed chorus, the oldest organization of its kind in Tennessee. In past years the University Choir was featured frequently on national radio broadcasts, and it continues to provide music for University Chapel services, an annual Christmas Carol service, a concert in connection with the annual arts festival, and occasional performance tours. The University Choir cultivates a diverse repertoire, and its members become acquainted with a wide range of choral music genres. Membership is open to all interested students
Today, under the leadership of Music Director Dr. Christopher A. Duke, the Fisk University Choir remains the oldest college choir in the state of Tennessee and strives to continue its legacy of fine music. The Fisk University Choir cultivates a diverse repertoire, and its members become acquainted with a wide range of choral music genres including Hymns, Spirituals, Gospel, Classical, and Anthems.
Concerts & Tours
The Fisk University Choir performs during at least two major concert tours each academic year. The Fisk University Choir travels to Chicago each October for the Fall Semester Tour and typically visits Atlanta, Orlando and West Palm Beach during the Spring Semester Tour. The Fisk University Choir also performs on campus at University Convocations, Baccalaureate, Commencement, the annual Spring Concert and the Choir can also be seen locally at recruitment events in the Nashville area.
Admission and membership to the University Choir is open to all Fisk University students.
Choir rehearsals are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 8:00 p.m. in the Appleton Room of the historic Jubilee Hall. Additional rehearsals may be scheduled as needed. Members are required to attend all rehearsals.