The choir is the University of Houston’s premiere large choral ensemble, which consists primarily of undergraduate students. During the school year, Chorale sings 10 – 12 performances, with a repertoire from very early to recently-composed music. Chorale singers are busy making and directing music outside of the ensemble as well. Many Chorale singers are also active in the University of Houston’s excellent opera program and many serve as staff singers in local church choirs.
Dr. Betsy Cook Weber is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies. She is also active internationally as a conductor and lecturer. In 2013, Weber became the first woman to receive the Texas Choral Director Association’s coveted Texas Choirmaster Award. She also serves as Director of the Houston Symphony Chorus. Before coming to the University of Houston, Weber taught vocal music in the public schools for thirteen years. The district where she taught was one of the first in the United States to embrace the music-teaching philosophy of Zoltán Kodály, which, of course, relies heavily on the folk-song collections of Béla Bartók and others.