The University Choir was founded in 1972 and now consists of around 70 singers, most of whom are students at the University of Iceland, Reykjavík University, or the Iceland Academy of the Arts. Every year foreign exchange students in Iceland participate in the choir as well.

The choir has high ambitions and among its performances in the past three years are Mass in C, by Ludwig van Beethoven, Georg Friedrich Händel’s Messiah, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (or, The Ode to Joy), all conducted by Gunnsteinn Ólafsson. In spring 2011 the choir performed Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. Most recently the choir performed Schubert´s Mass in As-dur and Mozart´s Requiem.

In addition to those big pieces performed in the Autumn, the University Choir  traditionally devotes the Spring term to an Icelandic programme, consisting of various Icelandic folk songs and pieces by Icelandic composers. In May 2008 the choir travelled to Germany and Poland, and to Austria and Italy in May 2010. Last summer, in 2012 the choir travelled to Germany, Austria and Hungary, held several concerts in churches and universities and was recieved well.

The choir practices Tuesdays and Thursdays in Neskirkja from 17:15 til 19:30

If you have any questions regarding the choir or its auditions and activities don’t hesitate to contact us at kor@hi.is.