About the Heinz Chapel Choir

The Heinz Chapel Choir is a well-noted and internationally recognized a cappella choir consisting of many talented students from the University of Pittsburgh, and directed by Dr. Susan Rice. The Choir performs numerous concerts in the breathtaking Heinz Memorial Chapel, including Fall, Christmas, and Spring concerts, as well as many concerts in various local churches.

The Heinz Chapel Choir rehearses in the Bellefield Hall Auditorium every Tuesday and Thursday from 4-6 p.m. In addition to the four hours of rehearsal each week, the Heinz Chapel Choir members also attend two choir camps, one in the fall and one in the winter. During these times, HCC members get to know each other and become closer as a group, all while rehearsing the music to be performed at concerts throughout the year. Additionally, once every three years, the Choir tours internationally.

To learn about our upcoming concerts and other events, view our calendar of events or contact us for more information. If you would like to audition to join us in the future, check out our audition information page.

  • Course Credit: Members may elect to enroll with the University in MUSIC 0612 as a course each semester, in order to earn one academic credit for their participation in the Choir. These credits can be used to fulfill the "ensemble participation" requirement for music majors and music minors.
  • Commitment: The Choir rehearses every Tuesday and Thursday during both fall and spring semesters from 4:00pm to 5:50pm. Members are expected to sing in the Choir for both semesters, although exceptions are generally made for those studying abroad and planning to return.

    Members are also expected to sing numerous concerts and attend various functions throughout the year. In general, our annual schedule is as follows:

    Time of Year Commitment Events
    early October most of a weekend Our Fall Recital is held on a Friday evening.
    mid-October one full weekend Fall Choir Camp, a "pack a bag and stay overnight" experience where we not only rehearse a lot of our music, but we really get to know each other and coalesce as a group.
    early December two weekends Six highly-regarded Holiday Concerts held in Heinz Memorial Chapel, beginning with a free "dress rehearsal" concert for the campus community during regular rehearsal time. Two public ticketed concerts are then given on each of the following two weekends. In the intervening week, the Chancellor hosts a special private concert for University staff. (And everything's done in time for Finals.)
    late January half of a Saturday Winter Choir Camp, a shorter, half-day version of Fall Choir Camp, with much the same purposes.
    February 14th a few hours Delivering Singing Valentines, a Heinz Chapel Choir tradition.
    mid-February one Sunday afternoon Our annual Chamber Choir Festival is held on a Sunday afternoon.
    mid-April a couple of weekends Our Spring Concert sees the bulk of our off-campus touring. Concerts are scheduled for some Saturdays and Sundays over two or three weekends, leading up to our concert in Heinz Chapel on a Sunday afternoon.

    Due to the nature of scheduling for Heinz Memorial Chapel, concerts are generally booked a full 12 months in advance, so most dates for the season are available before the start of the fall semester. Choir members are expected to keep all concert dates free from other obligations. If you'd like to see this year's schedule, head to our calendar of events.

  • Tours: The Choir embarks on a two-week international concert tour once every three years at the conclusion of the spring semester. In 2012, the Choir traveled to Peru, and in 2014, the Choir traveled to the Balkans for their last tour with former director Dr. John Goldsmith.

    Under the direction of their director Dr. Susan Rice, the Choir revived the tradition of traveling domestically that the original Heinz Chapel Choir experienced with founding director Theodore "Pop" Finney as they ventured to Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. during May 2-5, 2016. In 2017, they explored the choral tradition of England and Scotland from May 2-14.