Saturday, March 12, 2011

Hampton University choral groups and ensembles have made substantial contributions to the enjoyment of choral music for peoples throughout the world.


The traveling choirs of Hampton have been a "tour de force" of ambassadorship for the Institution since its inception.


Throughout its illustrious past the choir has become distinguished for performing the innovative compositions of the “Hampton Four” - R. Nathaniel Dett, Noah F. Ryder, Nathan Carter, and Roland M. Carter.


The most distinguished performance for the choir was the command performance at the 53rd Inauguration Ceremony of William Jefferson Clinton, President of the United States in 1997.


The Hampton University Concert Choir has had the distinction of performing in some of the world's most beloved concert halls, churches, and cathedrals including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Avery-Fischer Hall, Severance Hall, Chrysler Hall, Westminster Abbey, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Constitution Hall, Brentwood Baptist Church, Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, Perine Baptist Church of Miami and in the Shrine Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.


The tradition of excellence set forth by the Concert Choir transcends the walls of the University and impacts people from all walks of life. A variety of choral literature, a legacy of tradition from which the choir stands, performances that challenge the traditional choral music model, keep the demand for the choir and its conductor significantly increased. It is in this vein that the Hampton University Concert Choir excels as a high caliber, professional, and well-respected ambassador of good will for Hampton University.


The Conductor

Royzell L. Dillard

Director of University Choirs

Assistant Professor of Music

Co-Music Director, the Hampton

University Ministers’ Conference

Choir Directors’ Organists’ Guild