Hailed by one reviewer as "the school's symbol of excellence," the Indian Springs School Concert Choir and smaller Chamber Choir perform across the country and around the world, delighting audiences of all ages and diverse backgrounds in cathedrals, universities, and arts centers from San Antonio, Chicago, and New York City to Beijing, Dijon, and Vienna, where they have performed with the Vienna Boys Choir.
The New York Times described the choir’s Lincoln Center debut as "a superb projection that would have done credit to any professional chorus." The choirs continue to garner critical praise for their sensitivity and "exciting, vibrant" singing. “The choir is disciplined, focused, and maturely expressive in a manner way beyond their young age,” says William Trafka, Music Director of St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York.
Led by Director of Choral Music Andrew Dibble, the groups sing an extraordinary range of music, including major Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th-century works; Broadway tunes; Spirituals; arrangements of well-known pop hits; and traditional folk songs performed in up to 15 original languages.
About 110 students (more than 30% of the student body) participate in the Concert Choir, which tours domestically each spring. A third of Concert Choir members also take part in the Chamber Choir, which travels internationally.
The Chamber Choir's 2013 international tour, part of the American Celebration of Music in Switzerland, included stops in Zurich, Interlaken, and Lucerne. Upon hearing a recording of the choir singing his setting of Ubi Caritas during the tour, composer Ola Gjeilo sent a personal note to the group: “Heartfelt thanks to the Indian Springs School Choir for their beautiful performance of my Ubi Caritas. I was touched by the passion and musicianship they expressed.” (Click video link at right to hear that performance.)
Singing choral works in six languages, the Chamber Choir also mesmerized audiences with moving performances in churches and cathedrals in Seville, Granada, Madrid, Avila, and the Royal Monastery of El Escorial in 2015 as part of the American Celebration of Music in Spain. Following the group’s performance during a mass at the 12th-century Avila Cathedral, churchgoers gathered in front of the choir, saying, “They didn’t seem to be people. It’s as if we were listening to angels.” (“No parecia gente, es como si escucharamos a los angeles.”)
Major works sung by the Indian Springs School Concert Choir with professional orchestras:
Bach: Mass in b minor
Bach: Cantata #4
Bach: Cantata #79
Handel: Coronation Anthem #4
Handel: Messiah, 5 choruses
Haydn: Te Deum
Beethoven: Choral Fantasy
Schubert: Mass in G
Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms