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The Athenaeum Chorale


Athenaeum ChoraleBeginning its thirty-eighth season, the Athenaeum Chorale was founded in the fall of 1980, and has continued to inspire listeners and worshippers with 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.


Sing with the Athenaeum Chorale

Are you interested in singing the great works of the Church in a beautiful space? Then consider joining the Athenaeum Chorale, a liturgical choral group that sings in the Seminary Chapel of St. Gregory the Great at the Athenaeum of Ohio.

The Chorale season includes two Solemn Vespers liturgies and culminates in the beloved Advent Lessons & Carols ceremony in December, which always attracts a large crowd from the Cincinnati area and beyond. The Chorale itself is made up of diocesan church musicians, seminarians from Mount St. Mary’s, and other exceptional singers from the Cincinnati area. Singing with the Chorale is a wonderful way to connect with fellow musicians and to participate in the rich liturgical life at the Athenaeum of Ohio.

Auditions will be held for all voice parts from August 1st through September 2nd. All singers over 18 years of age are welcome to audition. For more information, or to schedule an audition, contact Dr. Mary Catherine Levri, Music Director of the Athenaeum Chorale, at mlevri@athenaeum.edu or (513) 233-6138. All auditions will be held by appointment at the Athenaeum of Ohio, 6616 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45230.


2018 - 2019 Calendar of Events

Sunday, October 7 at 7:00 PM
Solemn Vespers
Sung by the Athenaeum Chorale


Sunday, November 4 at 7:00 PM
Solemn Vespers
Sung by the Athenaeum Chorale and Mount St. Mary’s Seminary Schola

Friday, December 7 at 7:30 PM

Advent Lessons & Carols

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

Sunday, February 10 at 7:00 PM
Solemn Vespers
Sung by Mount St. Mary’s Seminary Schola


Sunday, April 7 at 7:00 PM
Solemn Passiontide Vespers
Sung by Mount St. Mary’s Seminary Schola



Your Financial Assistance is Essential

We welcome your financial support for our 38th 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 Dr. Mary Catherine Levri mlevri@athenaeum.edu


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