Boasting the nation’s largest all male collegiate chorus group, the Brigham Young University Men’s Chorus has found acclaim not only in the United States but abroad. Founded in 1958, the Chorus has gained more attention outside the western United States in the last 15 plus years.
Over 400 BYU students in the Provo, Utah campus audition for the group each year for 190 spots. The Chorus is known for entertaining performing pieces like their signature African Christmas Hymn “Betelehemu” in which the Chorus adds rhythmic clapping and swaying to their singing or enthusiastically singing a traditional rousing American Folk song like “Polly Wolly Doodle.” They are the most popular chorus group and one of the most popular performing groups that BYU has produced.
They have released five CD’s in their history, all excellent strong choral music pieces and one of the best all male choral presentations that I have ever heard.
CD Titles include:
- Praise Him!
- The Road Home
- A Celebration of Christmas
- Thanksgiving of American Folk Hymns
- Songs of Praise and Remembrance
Some of the interesting facts about the members of the BYU Chorus is that very few of them are music majors and most of them represent a diverse group of college majors. The vast majority of chorus members also are returned missionaries who have already completed voluntary two missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
I highly recommend that you visit their site ,and if you are fan of choral music, buy one, if not all of their CD’s , the BYU Men’s Chorus will be a great addition to your music library.
BYU Men’s Chorus Official Web Site: menschorus.byu.edu/