The Monmouth College Chorale
The Monmouth Chorale, under the direction of Professor Tim Pahel, is a highly selective mixed ensemble which performs regularly on and off campus. The Chorale serves as the centerpiece for the annual “Christmas at Monmouth” concerts and maintains an active and demanding rehearsal and performance schedule.
The group serves as an ambassador to alumni, prospective students, and the general public. The Chorale engages students from nearly every major offered at Monmouth College, giving students well-rounded musical experiences with high expectations for performance and competency.
The Chorale has toured extensively both nationally, visiting nearly half the states in the country and including a performance in New York City’s Carnegie Hall in 2013, and internationally, including a trip to Spain in 2012 and a concert tour of Italy in spring 2016.
The Chorale frequently collaborates with other campus ensembles including the Monmouth Chamber Orchestra and the Monmouth Concert Choir for performances of masterworks such as Mozart’s Requiem and Vivaldi’s Gloria. In spring 2015, the Chorale combined with the Galesburg Community Chorus, the Knox College Choir, and a professional orchestra and soloists for a performance of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem.
The Chorale has commissioned works by living composers, including Donna Gartman Schultz in 2007 and a joint commission with Knox College in 2014 of a new work by Finnish composer Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, which included a guest residency by the composer.