Founded in 1837, the 140-voice Oberlin Musical Union is the second-oldest continuing choral tradition in the United States. Only Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, founded in 1815, represents a longer ongoing tradition. This group performs the great works for chorus and orchestra. Recent presentations include Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Haydn’s Creation, Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem Mass, Poulenc’s Gloria, and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis.
The Musical Union (MU) offers Oberlin community members the chance to join with Oberlin College musicians in performing these works. Typically, MU performs one concert per semester, rehearsing Monday evenings through the academic year. Concerts are performed with the Oberlin Arts & Sciences Orchestra in Finney Chapel.
Musical Union rehearses with Gregory Ristow, director of vocal ensembles at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Singers interested in joining MU should send e-mail to Gregory.Ristow@oberlin.edu or call 440-775-8068.
Visit the Musical Union website for more details.