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The Cornell University Chorus and Glee Club are taking on an unusually ambitious project this spring: a full production of J. S. Bach’s monumental St. Matthew Passion.  This epic, heartfelt oratorio, considered by many musicologists and performers as the single greatest major work in the western canon, has not been performed at Cornell for over sixty years.  

In addition to our choirs, the performance will feature graduate students from the department of music, thirty professional early music instrumentalists drawn from across the country, and six world-class vocal soloists.  We are particularly honored to be collaborating with the English/German tenor Rufus Müller, who is celebrated as one of the world’s finest interpreters of the Evangelist role.

Well over a hundred students are taking part in this year-long project, which began last fall with a vocal masterclass and coaching with Mr. Müller and a Sage Chapel concert presented by Bach’s own choir, the ensemble from the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig.  We are now deep into rehearsals for the event, and hope many alumni and music lovers will join us for the performance on May 5th!



Tickets are available now! Click here to purchase yours.

Cornell students: $7
All other students: $10
Adults: $25
Patrons (including reserved priority seating): $75

Featuring Players From


Featuring Ensembles


 Featuring Soloists

 Rufus Müller,  tenor

Rufus Müller, tenor

 Dann Coakwell,  tenor

Dann Coakwell, tenor

 Melissa Attebury,  mezzo-soprano

Melissa Attebury, mezzo-soprano

 Marc Webster,  bass

Marc Webster, bass

 Lucy Fitzgibbon,  soprano

Lucy Fitzgibbon, soprano

 Matt Boehler,  bass

Matt Boehler, bass


Last Year's Major Work

Listen to a spectacular performance of Lili Boulanger's Du fond de l'abîme with the Cornell Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, and Glee Club under the direction of Chris Kim and with choirmaster Stephen Spinelli last May.

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