is one of Lehigh University’s most successful community outreach programs, bringing over 130 dedicated townspeople to campus for weekly rehearsals where they combine their voices with Lehigh students, staff and faculty. The standards of musicianship are very high.For nearly three decades since its founding by director Steven Sametz, the Choral Union has taken on the mainstays of the choral-orchestral repertoire, performing such diverse works as the Verdi Requiem, Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Debussy’s Le martyre de Saint Sébastien (with dance), Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, Bach’s Matthäuspassion (staged), a series of Nights at the Opera, as well as the premieres of many works written specially for them, including Sametz’s choral symphony, Carmina amoris and his The Demon King for choir, Indian orchestra, soloists and giant puppet. Members of the Choral Union have also toured with Choral Arts to China, Portugal, Hawaii and northern Italy.
During 2014-15, the Choral Union celebrated its 30th anniversary season, part of the distinguished 145-year choral tradition of Lehigh University. To kick off the celebration year, the Choral Union participated in Lehigh University Choral Arts’ performance of Steven Sametz’s choral symphony, Carmina amoris, at New York’s renowned Carnegie Hall.