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The Athenaeum Chorale


Athenaeum Chorale

Beginning its thirty-seventh season, the Athenaeum Chorale was founded in the fall of 1980, and has continued to inspire and delight listeners and worshippers in performances of great choral masterworks and the sacred liturgical repertoire.

The entire season is held in the Athenaeum’s beautiful Italian Romanesque Chapel of St. Gregory the Great. Sung Vesper liturgies comprise the main offering of each year’s schedule. Each liturgy includes choral repertoire from a variety of periods and traditions. Prelude music begins each liturgy and is often presented by guest artists. (Calendar of Events listed below.)

The annual Advent Service of Lessons and Carols is held in December. This popular and well attended service centers around the celebration of the patronal feast of Mary’s Immaculate Conception in the midst of the Advent season. Chants with handbells, traditional and new Advent carols for choir and congregation, beautiful Marian motets and scripture lessons read by members of the Athenaeum faculty draw record numbers of people to this beloved event each year.


Auditions for the Athenaeum Chorale

The Athenaeum Chorale will be holding auditions for the Spring 2017 season starting on January 3rd. All singers over 18 years of age are welcome to audition. Spots for all voice parts are available.  

The Chorale sings for approximately eight liturgical events per year, most of which occur in the Athenaeum’s Chapel of St. Gregory the Great. Sung Vespers liturgies comprise the main offering of the year’s schedule. Each service includes choral repertoire from a variety of periods and traditions.

The upcoming Spring season will include works by Renaissance masters and Ralph Vaughan Williams for both a Lenten and Easter Solemn Vespers in March and April.  Rehearsals begin on February 19th.

All auditions will be held, by appointment, at the Athenaeum of Ohio, 6616 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45230. If you would like to schedule an audition or have questions about the Chorale, please contact the music director: Ms. Mary Catherine Levri at mlevri@athenaeum.edu or 513-233-6138.



2017 Calendar of Events

Sunday, March 19 at 7:00 PM

Lenten Vespers & Concert

Sung by the Athenaeum Chorale

Sunday, April 23 at 7:00 PM

Eastertide Vespers

Sung by the Athenaeum Chorale and the Mount St. Mary’s Seminary Schola

Thursday, December 7 at 7:30 PM

Advent Lessons & Carols

Sung by the Athenaeum Chorale and the Mount St. Mary’s Seminary Schola



Your Financial Assistance is Essential.

We welcome your financial support for our 37th season and invite you to become a contributor to the Athenaeum Chorale. A contributors’ list will appear in each program.  Only with your assistance can we continue our unique musical programs that have been acclaimed both enjoyable and inspiring.  Please donate today to ensure the success of this season's concerts and vespers services.

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Donations to the Athenaeum Chorale may be made by mailing them to: The Athenaeum Chorale, 6616 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45230. With your donation, please include: Your name, address, Zip code and email address. For additional information, please call the Athenaeum Music Department, 513-233-6138 or email to Mary Catherine Levri mlevri@athenaeum.edu


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