The Wichita State University Concert Chorale is the premiere choral ensemble at Wichita State University. The Chorale is a highly-selective, auditioned choir open to all WSU students, regardless of major. The choir specializes in the performance of a wide variety of significant choral literature from the Renaissance through the twenty-first century.
The Chorale combines annually with other WSU choirs to present the annual Candlelight Christmas Concert. It also combines with A Cappella Choir and the WSU Symphony Orchestra for the spring oratorio, past performances of which have included Durufle's Requiem and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, which were performed under the direction of Robert Shaw during one of his guest residencies at WSU. The ensemble has also performed Poulenc's Gloria under the baton of Craig Jessop, former director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The Chorale and other WSU choirs performed with internationally acclaimed operatic artist and WSU alumnus Samuel Ramey in his appearance in Wichita in 2001. The Chorale joined forces in 2003 with celebrated organ virtuoso Stephen Tharp, who accompanied the Chorale on the university's world-class Marcussen Organ.
The Chorale has a rich history of notable conductors, including Harold Decker, Harrison "Bud" Boughton, René Clausen, and most recently, Robert Glasmann. In the fall of 2012, Michael Hanawalt assumed directorship of the ensemble.
Assistant Professor of Choral Music
Wichita State University
Sarah Diller, Buffton, OH
Katharine Dresser, Midland, MI
Rebecca Keraly, Anaheim, CA
Alexis Korbe, Hays, KS
Aliyah Richling, La Crosse, WI
Joella Wolnik, Olate, KS
Lily Guerrero, Grand Rapids, MI
Christina Kesler, Overland Park, KS
Caitlin Marrero, Wichita, KS
Emily Pirtle, Wichita, KS
KateLynn Titus, North Platte, NE
Isabel Velazquez, El Paso, TX
Michael Allen, Shawnee, KSâ€¨
Rocky Anderson, Derby, KSâ€¨
Jason Markel, Sacramento, CA
Kevin Mitchell, Houston, TX
Bryce Sund, Salina, KSâ€¨
Dallas Welch, Wichita, KS
Wesley Alexis, Wichita, KSâ€¨
Chy Billings, Wilkesboro, NCâ€¨
Sean Foster, Overland Park, KSâ€¨
Anthony Perkins, Los Angeles, CAâ€¨
James Reimer, Wichita, KS
For more information about Concert Chorale, please email Michael Hanawalt.