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Vocal Ensembles: A Cappella Choir

photo of A Cappella students performing

The A Cappella Choir, under the direction of Dr. Michael Murphy, is the premier choral ensemble at Stephen F. Austin State University. The select 52-voice mixed chorus is comprised almost entirely of resident voice majors at SFA and performs a distinctive and diverse repertoire of a cappella and concerted works spanning 600 years. In the past two years, the choir has added several world, North American, and Southwest U.S. premieres to its credit. The A Cappella Choir regularly collaborates with Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir, and Orchestra of the Pines in choral/orchestral masterworks as diverse as Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Verdi’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and the Southwest premiere of Richard Danielpour’s An American Requiem.

Through guest appearances at state and national conventions including, Texas Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, and the American Choral Directors Association, the A Cappella Choir is recognized as one of the finest choral ensembles in the United States. In summer of 2020, the choir is looking forward to a thirteen-day tour of Venice, Florence, and Rome.