Commonwealth Singers


The VCU Commonwealth Singers is a select choir of mixed voices chosen from throughout the university and known for its sensitive and dynamic performances of masterworks and a diverse spectrum of standard and non-traditional choral repertoire.

The 2017-2018 season includes a featured performance with the Richmond Symphony and Richmond Ballet, a collaborative social justice project with David Coogan, Tony Garcia, and the authors of Writing Our Way Out; Memoirs from Jail, and a celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a performance of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Undine Smith Moore’s Life of a Martyr with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Longwood University, Virginia State University, and Virginia Union University.

Recent performance highlights include:

  • February 2017: Performance in Carnegie Hall as part of Distinguished Concerts International New York. Conducted by VCU’s Director ofChoral Activities, Erin Freeman, Commonwealth Singers joined a professional orchestra and choruses from Florida, Georgia, Virginia, Massachusetts, and Wales for a performance of Poulenc’s Gloria.
  • September 2015: Commonwealth Singers joined the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and Chorus to perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony for the opening ceremony of the World Cycling Championships – for a crowd of 10,000!
  • May 2013: Commonwealth Singers toured internationally to Montreal, Canada for a performance with the acclaimed professional chamber orchestra Ensemble Appassionata at the Salle Pierre Mercure performance hall.  Tour performances included: Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal, Princeton High School in New Jersey, Rhinebeck Reformed Church and Taconic Hills High School in New York state.
  • March 2013: Commonwealth Singers premiered A U.S. Civil War Musical Retrospective by Allen Wittig for choir, orchestra and narrator, as a part of the “VCU Year of Freedom,” remembering 150 years of Civil War And Emancipation History.
  • February 2012: VCU Commonwealth Singers were selected to perform at the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) Southern Division Conference in Winston Salem, N.C.
  • Summer 2008: As hosts for “A Mid-Atlantic Choral Tribute to the Olympics,” the group performed in Beijing with the Beijing Film Philharmonic Orchestra in the Forbidden City Concert Hall, in the Oriental Art Center in Shanghai, and in an exchange concert at Fudan University, one of VCU’s 16 partner institutions around the world.