St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON Chorus 

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The St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON Chorus is an all-volunteer, 120-voice auditioned ensemble that performs a variety of musical styles, with a focus on the interpretation, performance, and preservation of the music of African-American and African cultures. Chorus members have traditionally come from the IN UNISON Program member churches, but also from area universities and colleges. Chorus members are teachers, nurses, office workers, students, doctors, and people from many other walks of life. Some members have retired from long careers, some are just entering the work force or working on degrees. Many sing in other vocal ensembles or church choirs. All share a love of music and of singing.

In 2011, the symphony created the position of Young Artists within the ranks of the chorus. With funding assistance provided by Bayer Fund, these positions are awarded through competitive audition to singers under 30 years of age. Young Artists rehearse and perform with the chorus and, in return, receive a modest stipend.

The chorus rehearses on Monday evenings.

Each season, the IN UNISON Chorus performs its annual Gospel Christmas concert at Powell Hall with renowned artists including the a cappella group Take 6, Dianne Reeves, and St. Louis native Kennedy Holmes. Then in February, the chorus and SLSO perform a treasured tradition, the Lift Every Voice concert celebrating music of African and African-American cultures. The chorus concludes its season with a free community concert. Chorus members also sing in other performances throughout the year. In April 2021, the chorus will debut an SLSO commission by composer Nathalie Joachim on a program that also includes Symphony No. 3 by Florence Price, under the direction of Music Director Stéphane Denève.

Director &
Staff Bios

McBeth Conducting

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IN UNISON Auditions

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Chorus History

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