For decades the UF Choral Program and The Gainesville Civic Chorus (GCC) have had a longstanding relationship as partners. In June 2015, GCC gave back to the UF Choral Program with a generous donation that will allow the Choral Program to begin raising additional support for the many concerts and programs it brings to the University of Florida campus and community.
Each year, students from the School of Music perform with members of GCC through special events like the Sounds of the Season holiday concert and additional special programming. Most recently, the UF Choral Union, representing the UF School of Music’s Concert Choir and The Gainesville Civic Chorus Master Chorale, presented Protest Requiem on April 18, 2015. More than 200 performers came together for the moving presentation of Verdi’s Requiem performed in remembrance of the Holocaust and to honor the members of the chorus and orchestra in the Theresienstadt ghetto.
The UF Choral Program is led by Dr. Will Kesling who has conducted hundreds of choral ensembles and some forty professional symphony orchestras throughout the world. Over the past twenty-five years his choirs have received international attention and have made multiple appearances at both national and divisional conventions for the American Choral Directors Association.