The Drake choral program frequently embarks on comprehensive learning projects that take singers and audiences deeper in their exploration of important topics.
Recent projects have included rehearsals, seminars, guest presentations, community service, and performances centered on the role music plays in creating and recalling memories (Wanting Memories), topics related to home, including immigration, refugee resettlement, and homelessness (Where You Below), the ways in which labeling people as “the other” can lead to bullying and genocide (To Be Certain of the Dawn), and the relationship between words and music (Words for Music).
In addition, Drake choruses have collaborated with a number of composers, poets, guest conductors, and other ensembles. Recent collaborations have included those with:
Each year Drake’s choruses collaborate to perform a major choral/orchestral work with a faculty/student orchestra assembled for this concert.
Works performed recently include:
Drake choirs also collaborate with the Des Moines Symphony, most recently in performances of the Beethoven Ninth Symphony, Mahler’s Second Symphony, and Mendelssohn’s A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream.
In April 2013, all four Drake choirs sang Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Des Moines Symphony, under the direction of Maestro Joseph Giunta.