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The MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY CHOIR, one of the nation’s most prestigious university choral ensembles, has been led for the past 29 years by conductor Nathan Carter. The University Choir consists of more than 150 singers, which can be sized to fit almost any occasion. The Choir’s repertoire spans several centuries and includes classical, gospel, and contemporary popular music. It is also noted for its emphasis on preserving the heritage of the spiritual, in historic performance practice.
Known for its consistently excellent performances, the Choir probably has more annual appearances with major United States orchestras than any other university choir. Past seasons have included performances with the National Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Buffalo Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, and the Knoxville Symphony. A highlight of the 1999/2000 season was its appearance with the New York Philharmonic under Kurt Masur in a newly commissioned work for the millennium, Wynton Marsalis’ All Rise. Fifteen members of the choir spent 10 days in Osaka, Japan singing gospel and spirituals at the Blue Note Club. All Rise, first heard in New York, was again performed in Prague during October 2000.