The choral music program at the University of Colorado Boulder, under the guidance of Dr. Gregory Gentry, honors the legacy and tradition of the 20th century, while moving toward a vision for 21st-century innovation. The CU choral area, founded in 1938 by Warner Imig, was the first formal area of study in the College of Music, and CU Boulder later became one of the first universities in the nation to offer a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting, in the 1960s. With Gregory Gentry as Director of Choral Studies, assisted by Elizabeth Swanson as Associate Director of Choral Studies, the department continues to mentor great students from across the university, while preparing and performing everything from new works to jazz to traditional masterworks through regular collaborations with the CU University Symphony Orchestra, CU Wind Symphony, as well as the Boulder Philharmonic.
While Gregory Gentry oversees the entire choral program—including undergraduate, masters and doctoral conductors—he is also Artistic Director of the annual CU Holiday Festival. Since Dr. Gentry's arrival at CU in 2012, the Choral Department has hosted guest clinicians to work with students in conducting, scholarship, performance preparation, as well as lead CU's annual Madrigal Festival and High School Choral Leadership Festival.
Dr. Gentry’s collegiate choirs have performed for conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, National Collegiate Choral Organization, Music Educators National Conference, Society for American Music and College Music Society. Read Dr. Gentry's full bio.
Elizabeth Swanson, D.M., was most recently a faculty member at Nyack College in New York City, where she served as the conductor of the Nyack College Chorale (NYC). Under her direction, the Nyack College Chorale toured domestically and also performed in notable New York City venues such as David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and St. Paul’s Chapel at Trinity Church Wall Street. She also taught courses in conducting, rehearsal methods, sight singing, and music history. Prior to teaching at Nyack College, Swanson served as the conductor of choral ensembles at leading higher education institutions such as The University of Chicago, North Park University and Ithaca College.
Swanson currently serves as Secretary on the Executive Board of the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) and also enjoys being an active member of other professional organizations such as ACDA and Chorus America. Read Dr. Swanson's full bio.
Students from many majors and interest areas sing in the CU choirs—not just music majors! Join a choir and sing!
University Singers (mixed chamber choir) - Directed by Dr. Gregory Gentry
University Choir (advanced mixed choir) - Directed by Dr. Elizabeth Swanson
CU Festival Chorus (large mixed undergraduate choir) - Directed by Dr. Gentry and Dr. Swanson
Women's Chorus (SSAA choir) - Directed by staff instructors
Madrigal Singers - Directed by staff instructors