Music at Duke Chapel

Music at Duke University Chapel aims to create high quality musical experiences, while giving glory to God and stirring the hearts and minds of all those it reaches. Working in sacred music traditions, Duke Chapel Music comprises three choirs, seven staff members, two organ scholars, four organs, and a 50-bell carillon, in addition to partnerships with many professional musicians, student music groups, and guest choirs. Music at the Chapel can be experienced in many ways: at a worship service or concert, as a choir member, or streamed online. See the full 2018–19 concert series listing below.

Handel's Messiah

Duke Chapel Choir, Soloists & Orchestra
Dr. Philip Cave, Director
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2018 | 7:30 PM
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2018 | 2:00 PM
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2018 | 3:00 PM

 These performances are ticketed. Tickets are available through the Duke University Box Office.  

St. Matthew Passion

Duke Chapel Choir, Duke Vespers Ensemble, Duke Evensong Singers 
Dr. Philip Cave, Director
SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2019 | 4:00 PM

 This performance is ticketed. Tickets are available through the Duke University Box Office. See the package deal for tickets to both Bach Passion concerts.

St. John Passion

Duke Evensong Singers, Soloists & Orchestra
Christopher Jacobson, FCRO, Director
SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2019 | 4:00 PM

 This performance is ticketed. Tickets are available through the Duke University Box Office. See the package deal for tickets to both Bach Passion concerts.

Organ Recital Series

Dr. Robert Parkins, Director
Jean-Baptiste Robin
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2018 | 5:15 PM
Dr. Michael Unger
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2018 | 5:15 PM
Dr. Jens Korndörfer
SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2019 | 5:15 PM
Christopher Jacobson
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2019 | 5:15 PM
Dr. Robert Parkins
SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2019 | 5:15 PM

Evensong Singers

Christopher Jacobson, FRCO, Director
The Psalm Project
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2018 | 4:00 PM

Vespers Ensemble

Dr. Philip Cave, Director
Music for Holy Week & Easter
SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2019 | 4:00 P.M.

Jazz Vespers

Duke Jazz Program
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2018 | 7:30 PM
TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 2019 | 7:30 PM


Bach Cantata Series

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2018 | 5:15 PM
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2018 | 5:15 PM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2018 | 5:15 PM
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2019 | 5:15 PM
SUNDAY, MARCH 17, 2019 | 5:15 PM *

* The final concert of the season, consisting of two secular cantatas, will be performed in the Great Hall of the Nasher Art Museum.

Organ Scholar Program

Joseph Fala
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2018 | 5:15 PM
Abraham Ross
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2019 | 5:15 PM
Malcolm Matthews
SUNDAY, MARCH 10, 2019 | 5:15 PM


Music in Worship

University Worship
SUNDAYS | 11:00 AM
Choral Evensong
Choral Vespers


Special Services

All Hallows' Eve
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2018 | 10:30 PM
Vespers for All Saints' 
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2018 | 6:00 PM
All Saints' Requiem Eucharist 
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2018 | 4:00 PM
Advent Lessons & Carols
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2018 | 6:00 PM
Christmas Eve Lessons & Carols
MONDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2018 | 11:00 PM
Epiphany Lessons & Carols
SUNDAY, JANUARY 6, 2019 | 4:00 PM
Evensong for Candlemas
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2019 | 4:00 PM
Wednesday of Holy Week
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2019 | 9:00 PM
Maundy Thursday
THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2019 | 7:00 PM
Good Friday
FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2019
Easter Sunday
SUNDAY, APRIL 21, 2019 
Ascension Day Evensong
SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2019

Music at Duke Chapel is supported by:

We are once again grateful for the many supporters who make this season possible, including:
Director of Chapel Music Endowment, Duke Chapel Choir and Chapel Music Endowment, F. M. Kirby Foundation Endowment Fund for Chapel Music, J. Foster Barnes Endowment, Mildred Clusman Phillips Duke Chapel Choir Endowment, Charles B. Wade Oratorio Endowment for Duke Chapel, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation Chapel Oratorio Endowment, Mildred L. Hendrix Endowment, John O. Blackburn Chapel Oratorio Fund, Stonewillow Chapel Endowment Fund, Roy A. Goss Memorial Fund, Hurst Family Chapel Endowment, Waldo Beach Hymnody Endowment Fund, Donald and Hazel Jansen Wallis Endowment, Frances Wilson Leavenworth Endowment, Agnus Dei Endowment Fund, James and Helen Burnett Coppridge Endowment Fund, Carl A. Herring Carillon Endowment, Vereen Family Endowment for Choral Vespers, J. Benjamin Smith Endowment Fund, The Barbara-Jean Ross Jones Music Education Fund, and the many friends of Chapel Music who generously support our program every year.