Acclaimed top choir of the California-based university has toured the world and performed for popes and presidents


Mary Platt
Director of Communications and Media Relations
Chapman University

ORANGE, Calif. –
Chapman University’s top choir, the Chapman University Singers, will embark on a concert tour of Texas from January 10-18, 2015. The acclaimed choir, based at Chapman’s respected Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music in Orange, California, has toured throughout the world in its more than 50 years of existence, including command performances for popes and heads of state. The Chapman University Singers will offer performances in venues in and around San Antonio, Austin and Dallas/Fort Worth. Saluting the Protestant denomination that founded Chapman University in 1861, most of the concerts will be at churches of the Christian Church/United Church of Christ.

All the concerts are free and open to the public.


The Chapman University Singers, photographed by Scott Stedman.

The Chapman University Singers, under the direction of
Dr. Stephen Coker
, boasts a wide choral repertoire ranging from Gregorian chant to modern compositions. The choir’s tour repertoire includes an extensive variety of classical sacred and secular literature as well as international folk music. Featured will be familiar works of Byrd, Mendelssohn, and Rossini and a section of contemporary motets by British composers Paul Mealor and Bob Chilcott and American musician  Jake Runestad. The program also includes French works of Thierry Machuel and Henk Badings and a group of compositions from the Baltic countries of Estonia and Latvia. The Singers’ folk music selection includes music of Cuba, South Africa and the British Isles in addition to American spirituals and hymns arranged by Moses Hogan and Coker.

San Antonio Performances

  • Saturday, January 10, 7 p.m.:  Alamo Heights Christian Church, 6435 N. New Braunfels Ave., San Antonio  (
  • Sunday, January 11, 10:30 a.m (worship service): Central Christian Church, 720 N. Main Ave., San Antonio (

Austin Performances

  • Sunday, January 11, 3 p.m.: University Christian Church, 2007 University Ave., Austin (
  • Monday, January 12, 7 p.m.: United Christian Church, 3500 W. Parmer Lane, Austin (
  • Tuesday, January 13, 7 p.m.:  Hyde Park Christian Church, 610 E. 45th St., Austin (

Dallas/Fort Worth Performances

  • Wednesday, January 14, 7 p.m.: Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ, 5910 Cedar Springs Rd., Dallas (
  • Thursday, January 15, 7 p.m.: Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St., Dallas (
  • Friday, January 16, 7 p.m.: University Christian Church, 2720 S. University Dr., Fort Worth (
  • Saturday, January 17, 7 p.m.: Northway Christian Church, 7202 W. Northwest Hwy., Dallas (
  • Sunday, January 18, 10:30 a.m.(worship service): East Dallas Christian Church, 629 N. Peak Street, Dallas (
  • Sunday, January 18, 3 p.m.(concert): East Dallas Christian Church, Dallas

The Chapman University Singers will also offer workshops for choir students in local high schools during the tour.  Schools hosting the workshops are Rouse High School, Leander; Flower Mound High School, Flower Mound; Creekview High School, Carrolton; and Duncanville High School, Duncanville.


Founded in 1963 by William D. Hall, D.Mus., the Chapman University Singers have sung throughout the U.S. and Europe, and performed in private audience for Pope John Paul II. An all-undergraduate ensemble, the University Singers include vocal performance and music education majors from Chapman University’s respected
Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music
. The Singers are led by Stephen Coker, D. Mus., who served previously on the choral faculties of Portland State University, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Oklahoma City University. In addition to his academic work, Dr. Coker has conducted choirs, workshops and festivals in South Korea, Taiwan, Portugal, Israel and Sweden.


Consistently ranked among the top universities in the West, Chapman University provides a uniquely personalized and interdisciplinary educational experience to highly qualified students. Our programs encourage innovation, creativity and collaboration, and focus on developing global citizen-leaders who are distinctively prepared to improve their community and their world.

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