Pacific Choral Ensembles
Choral music at the University of the Pacific has a long and distinguished tradition with the first a cappella choir in the West established here in 1916.
The Pacific Choral Ensembles are a rich and vital component of Conservatory and University life. They are a platform for the fundamentals of ensemble collaboration, musicianship and musicality, providing an opportunity to learn a myriad of styles and genres while singing together.
Representative repertoire includes Carissimi's Baroque oratorio Jephte, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 by Beethoven (performed with the University Symphony Orchestra), Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky (performed with the Stockton Symphony), Dave Brubeck's The Gates of Justice (performed with the Dave Brubeck Quartet), and a variety of classical, spiritual and gospel, jazz and a cappella repertoire from different cultures.
Performance venues include the Faye Spanos Concert Hall, the beautiful and intimate Morris Chapel, the magnificent Cathedral of the Annunciation, and the contemporary Atherton Auditorium on the campus of San Joaquin Delta College (with the Stockton Symphony).
The Pacific Singers, is a select mixed voice chamber choir. It combines with the University Chorus and Oriana Choir for two concerts each semester and performs annually with the University Symphony Orchestra or the Stockton Symphony in the performance of major choral and orchestral works. The Pacific Singers also sing at significant University events, such as at the Board of Regents dinner this season.
The University Chorus is a large mixed chorus open to any student in the University by audition. It combines with the other choirs for two performances each semester and performs in both a cappella and choral-orchestral works in a wide variety of genres.
The Oriana Choir is our women's ensemble. It performs independently, with the other choirs and with the orchestral ensembles. This season Oriana has sung for the Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor at the Advancing Women's Leadership Forum, and is collaborating with the Stockton Symphony in Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Membership in the choral ensembles is open by audition to any University of the Pacific student of any major. Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester. While vocal majors perform in choral ensembles each semester, all music majors sing in an ensemble for at least two semesters.
Dr. Yejee Choi completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Music at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. While at USC, she taught Choral Conducting I, USC Oriana Women's Choir, and served as the Assistant Conductor of USC Concert Choir.
Originally from South Korea, Choi studied English Literature at Yonsei University. Additionally, she studied composition at the Korean National University of Art, one of the most prestigious music conservatories in Seoul, South Korea. Choi received her Master of Music in Choral Conducting from University of Minnesota, where she served as Co-Director & Assistant Conductor of the University Singers, UM Women's Chorus, and UM Campus Singers. Her bachelor of music degree is from University of Wisconsin- River Falls, where she studied voice, piano, and organ.
Dr. Choi has performed and conducted in various venues in South Korea, Japan, China, New Zealand, Australia, and across the United States. She has participated in the master classes and workshops led by Simon Halsey, Marin Alsop, and David Hill, as well as enjoying opportunities to perform under the baton of Helmuth Rilling, James Conlon, and Grant Gershon. Her teachers include J.W. Park, Kathy Salzman Romey, Lillian Tan, Jo-Michael Scheibe, Nick Strimple, Cristian Grases, Tram Sparks, Morten Lauridsen, and Adam Knight Gilbert.
Dr. Choi is the Co-Founder, Assistant Conductor, and Composer in Residence of J.W. Summer Festival Chorale, the semi-professional choir of 93 members in Seoul, South Korea. A compassionate advocate of community engagement through music, Dr. Choi is also the founding board member of the 'Music Belongs to Everyone!' series, a youth outreach program through choral music, affiliated with J.W. Chorale, South Korea. Recently, she held the similar position as the Choral Director of Esperanza Azteca Youth Orchestra & Choir in Los Angeles, where she was responsible for developing the curriculum and personnel of the 90-voice youth choir.