Tech Chorale is the premier choral ensemble on the campus of Tennessee Tech. Since its founding, Tech Chorale has gone by several different names, however its commitment to musical excellence has always been standard. Besides its regular on-campus concert season, Tech Chorale has performed around the state of Tennessee and abroad.
In the fall of 2004 the ensemble joined choirs from around the United States in a performance of the Mozart Coronation Mass in Carnegie Hall in New York, NY. In 2006 the Chorale was invited to perform at the Tennessee Music Educators Association conference held in Nashville, TN. The choir has toured Germany, Mexico, Austria, England, Scotland and Wales and has been invited to perform for the Music Educators National Conference, and the Southern Division of the American Choral Directors Association. Part of Chorale's regular concert schedule, this ensemble performs annually with the Bryan Symphony Orchestra. Membership in this ensemble is by audition though it is open to all students of the university.
Chorale's repertoire includes all genre of choral music from early Renaissance to contemporary. Most recently Chorale has participated in performances of Schubert's Mass in G Major, Poulenc’s Gloria, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and Puccini’s opera Tosca. In 2012, The Tech Chorale commissioned composer Dan Forrest to write Lead, Kindly Light, a piece of choral music which was premiered on a composer residency concert in April. This piece is now a published work and available through Hinshaw Music.
The 2012-2013 academic year will culminate in a performance tour of Italy by the Tech Chorale. The choir will sing in the cities of Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan. A highlight of the tour will be the Tech Chorale’s performance in St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City and St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice.