Sing at DeSales
Our outstanding three-choir program is at the core of the University’s musical and spiritual life.
Come sing with us! Not only do our choirs build artistry and provide community, singing in our choirs can substantially finance your DeSales education—scholarships ranging up to 3/4 of tuition annually are awarded to singers who do NOT wish to pursue music as a major.
DeSales University Chorale
The DeSales University Chorale, our flagship choral ensemble, is at the heart of the University experience. Repertoire ranging from Gregorian Chant, to masterworks of the Renaissance, to masterpieces of contemporary choral writing is featured in our perennially sold-out Gaudeamus (Advent and Christmas) Concert--and Spring Concert. Performances in our acoustically magnificent Connelly Chapel are often accompanied by our new majestic Austin pipe organ. There is no audition required to join the Chorale.
The Schola Cantorum, our elite chamber choir, specializes in a variety of a cappella repertory from all eras. The Schola represents the best of DeSales at special concerts and events--both on- and off-campus--including international performances. Membership is by audition.
The Liturgical Choir
The DeSales Liturgical Choir fills a vital role in the University’s spiritual life. This vested ensemble sings the principal campus Mass each Sunday at 7:00 pm in Connelly Chapel as well as other liturgical celebrations. The group also provides a core of cantors who lead the university community in sacred song at both of our Sunday Masses-- 10:30 am and 7:00 pm.
The Connelly Chapel of the Sacred Heart
Our beautiful chapel, a visual and acoustical gem, serves as the primary performance space for our three choirs. Graced with brilliant, academically themed stained glass windows, the chapel is home to a stunning new Austin pipe organ (installed 2020) which crowns the façade of the Chapel’s south end. The exceptionally large sanctuary of the chapel serves as a visual shell perfectly enhancing choral music at our Masses, special liturgies, and concerts.
The Austin Opus 2800 Organ
The striking cantilevered “great” division of Austin Organs’ Opus 2800 adorns the sanctuary surrounding its listeners in an array of tone color from the softest, smoothest strings to thundering basses and brilliant reeds. Its three manuals are housed in a stunning red-toned console with swell and choir divisions in the same wood tone enclosed on both sides of the sanctuary. Opus 2800 is one of the finest organs in the region inspiring recitalists, concert-goers, and lovers of Catholic liturgy throughout eastern Pennsylvania.
The Gallagher Studio
This versatile space with its “industrial” design showcases a new Steinway concert grand piano along with state of the art Wenger practice rooms also featuring Steinway instruments. The studio serves as a choral rehearsal space as well as an intimate performance venue for smaller-scale chamber, vocal, and “cabaret” performances.
Singing in our choirs can substantially finance your DeSales education— up to 3/4 tuition annually — to singers who do NOT wish to pursue music as a major.