Duke Chapel is home to three choirs led by Chapel Music staff. The choirs are open to anyone in the Duke and Triangle communities; Duke students, faculty, and staff, are particularly encouraged to participate.
We welcome auditions from new members for all three of the Chapel's choirs. Auditions for all three choirs are held at the beginning of the fall semester and throughout the academic year. We make every effort to engage all students and community members who are interested in singing with us.
To learn more about the Chapel’s choirs and schedule an audition, email Chapel Music.
The Duke Chapel Choir is the largest and most visible ensemble in the Chapel. The choir is a regular part of worship on Sunday mornings during the academic year, singing anthems and leading the congregation in hymns and liturgical music. The Chapel Choir’s critically acclaimed performances of Handel’s Messiah have been an annual Advent tradition since 1933. Its spring oratorio concerts feature other major choral works. Learn more about the Chapel Choir.
On Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm during the academic year, the Duke Vespers Ensemble leads the service of Choral Vespers. The ensemble also performs concerts in the Chapel and various other venues throughout Durham. The Vespers Ensemble is directed by Dr. Philip Cave, the Chapel's associate conductor for Chapel Music. Learn more about the Vespers Ensemble.
On Sunday afternoons at 4:00 p.m. during the academic year, the Duke Evensong Singers leads the service of Choral Evensong. Distinct from the noisy world around us and derived from ancient traditions of the church, Choral Evensong provides sanctuary through scripture and sacred music. The Evensong Singers was formed in 2015 and is directed by Christopher Jacobson, FRCO, the Chapel organist. Learn more about the Evensong Singers.