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The Drake Choir, a select ensemble of 80 students, tours regionally on an annual basis and internationally every four years. The choir has sung in major venues in Europe, has performed in New York in both Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, and frequently collaborates with the Des Moines Symphony. In May 2019, the choir toured Italy, France, and Austria.

spēro, consisting of 30 singers chosen from the Drake Choir, presents numerous on and off-campus performances each year.  The choir tours internationally every four years and, in January 2018, sang in England, performing in London at St. Paul’s Cathedral and St. Martin in the Fields, the cathedrals of Coventry and Ely, and at Cambridge University.

Borealis, a select women's choir, presents four on-campus performances per year and, like the Drake Choir, has collaborated with the Des Moines Symphony.

Drake University Community Chorus, a non-select ensemble, is open to students, faculty, staff and community members and performs twice a year. 

Special Projects and Collaborations: The Drake Choirs offer frequent opportunities for collaboration with other musicians, as well as participation in comprehensive learning projects that take both singers and audiences deeper into exploration of important topics.

Drake Choirs Faculty:

  • Dr. Eric Barnum, Director of Choral Activities (The Drake Choir & spēro)
  • Ted Brimeyer, Teaching Artist of Choirs (Borealis)
  • Greg Sojka, Teaching Artist of Choirs (Drake University Community Chorus)

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