The choral program at Loyola University New Orleans has a long and illustrious history. The choirs make regular appearances at various events in the city, including the Red Mass, Mass for St. Patrick’s Day, and the popular Christmas at Loyola concert. The Loyola choral program provides students the opportunity to experience the beauty, artistry, and teamwork of choral singing while honing their vocal and music reading skills in a supportive and challenging setting.
Dr. Meg Frazier has been Director of Choral Activities at Loyola since 1998. Previous conductors include Mel Ivy, Larry Wyatt, and Steven Edwards. Under her leadership, the choirs have continued the tradition of excellence, providing the University and New Orleans community opportunities to hear choral music of quality from all historical eras, focusing on sacred a cappella repertoire.
Chamber Singers is a highly select, invitation-only ensemble comprised of the finest choral singers at Loyola. Students wishing to participate in this ensemble must demonstrate exceptional solo and ensemble vocal technique, a thorough grounding in music reading and ability to prepare independently, and a curiosity for and love of diverse, challenging choral repertoire.
The Loyola Chorale is the University’s premiere auditioned choral ensemble. Comprised mainly of music majors (although that is not a requirement), the Chorale performs four times a year, including a regular appearance at the annual Christmas at Loyola concert each December. The Chorale makes regular tours and has sung for state and regional ACDA conferences, as well as at Carnegie Hall and various venues in Europe.
University Chorus is a large, open-membership choir whose repertoire includes masterworks of choral and choral/orchestral literature. The University Chorus is a frequent collaborator with other local music ensembles, including the Louisiana Philharmonic and the New Orleans Opera Chorus, on large-scale choral works such as Verdi’s Requiem and Orff’s Carmina burana. The University Chorus performs two concerts a year at minimum.
Loyola Choral Festival