Louisville Chamber Choir

Artistic Director, Kent Hatteberg formed the Louisville Chamber Choir in the fall of 2013. Comprised of 28 musicians drawn from the Louisville Metropolitan Area, the Choir is dedicated to the highest levels of ensemble performance.

The Choir’s mission is to present exceptional musical experiences that nurture community appreciation of choral singing through quality performances, recordings, and collaborations.

Since its inception, the Louisville Chamber Choir has dedicated itself to fulfilling its mission through collaborations, recordings, and performance.  Recently, the Choir partnered with WUOL to record Thomas Tallis’ Spem in alium in 360 video and audio creating a virtual reality experience that married classical choral music with cutting edge technology. The Choir also regularly performs with the Louisville Orchestra to present diverse and exciting works including Bernstein’s Mass and Chichester Psalms. The Choir is excited to continue to partner with the Louisville Orchestra again this year in performances of the Mozart Requiem, Monteverdi Vespers, and the annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah.

The Louisville Chamber Choir recently released a Christmas recording that has met with widespread acclaim. The recording was featured on WUOL in December 2017 and contains a mixture of familiar seasonal songs with new carols. The Choir is preparing to release its next album in 2019.

The Choir's performances encompass a wide range of composers from Gabrieli and Byrd to Esenvalds and Whitacre. The Choir presents concerts that engage audiences through technical expertise and emotional expression. Each singer brings his or her musicality and merges it with the other singers to create a synergy between, choir, conductor, and audience. 

The Choir also takes pride in its educational outreach. The Choir regularly works with high school ensembles from around the Louisville metropolitan area during their preparations for a variety of concerts.

The Louisville Chamber Choir is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Contributions to the Louisville Chamber Choir are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

 

One of today's most influential voices in choral conducting, Kent Hatteberg brings an unsurpassed level of musicianship to the Louisville Chamber Choir. As artistic director, Hatteberg assembled some of the finest artists in the country to form a choral ensemble dedicated to engaging audiences with world-class musicianship and performance of choral music. 

An active guest-conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, both nationally and internationally, Hatteberg is the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Louisville and Chorus Master for the Louisville Orchestra. 

Named a Fulbright Scholar in 1990, Hatteberg studied conducting and choral-orchestral literature in Berlin, Germany with Uwe Gronostay (conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Choir and Professor for Conducting at the Hochschule der Künste), pursued research on the works of Felix Mendelssohn, and sang in the Berlin Philharmonic Choir. His doctoral thesis contains urtext editions of Mendelssohn’s Gloria and Große Festmusik zum Dürerfest, two previously unpublished works for chorus and orchestra. In 1997 he conducted the world premiere of the Gloria on the University of Louisville campus. The Große Festmusik was given its first modern performance at the Konzerthaus in Berlin on November 10, 2000, with the score provided by Dr. Hatteberg. He has lectured on Mendelssohn’s early works in the United States and Germany.

After fulfilling his Fulbright Scholarship in 1990-1991, Hatteberg served five years as Director of Choral Activities at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas (1991-1996). He conducted the Sam Houston Chorale in performances for the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Convention in San Antonio in 1995 and for the MENC National Convention in Kansas City in 1996.

Hatteberg was named a University of Louisville Faculty Scholar in 2002. In 2004 he was named the Kentucky Music Educators Association College/University Teacher of the Year. His biography appears in the newly-published International Who’s Who in Choral Music. In 2008 he received the Robert K. Baar Award for Choral Excellence from the Kentucky Choral Directors Association. The University of Dubuque, his undergraduate institution, awarded him the Alumni Professional Achievement Award in 2008.

Through his work as overseer of the Margaret Comstock Choral Endowment Fund in the School of Music, Hatteberg has commissioned new music, hosted international choral ensembles in the Margaret Comstock Concert Series, recorded compact discs with the Cardinal Singers, and afforded students in the choral program the opportunity to attend and participate in choral events nationally and internationally.

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Emily Black, a native of Paducah, is the Graduate Teaching Assistant of Voice at the University of Louisville while she pursues her Master’s in Vocal Performance. She graduated from U of L with a B.M. in Vocal Performance in 2015 where she studied with Edith David Tidwell. She currently studies with Emily Albrink. She has been featured in U of L Opera Theatre productions as Silverpeal in The Impresario and Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief. This spring, she will perform the role of Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Emily performed as a soloist and Street Singer in Bernstein’s Mass and a soloist in Handel’s Messiah with Bourbon Baroque this past fall. Emily is also a voice teacher at St. Francis in the Fields Music Academy. She is thrilled to be singing with her husband, Fowler, in Louisville Chamber Choir this season.

 


         

Haley De Witt, a native of Louisville, is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance as a Graduate Teaching Assistant of Voice at the University of Louisville. She currently studies with Dr. Katherine Donner. Haley received her B.M. in Vocal Performance from the UofL in 2012 where she studied with Edith Tidwell. She has been featured in UofL Opera Theatre productions of W.A. Mozart’s Così fan tutte (Despina) and Aaron Copland’s The Tenderland (Laurie).


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Susanna Gibbons is a native of Columbia, South Carolina and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Choral Conducting at the University of Louisville, studying with Dr. Kent Hatteberg. She received her Bachelor’s of Music Education from the University of South Carolina in 2012. Prior to moving to Louisville, she taught middle school chorus and was a member of The Cecilia Ensemble, a professional chamber choir specializing in early music. She currently is a member of the Collegiate Chorale and Cardinal Singers at U of L, and is a soprano section leader at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church. In her free time, Susanna enjoys discovering new music (choral and otherwise), travelling, and being outdoors.


Anna Rittenhouse is a native of Louisville, KY. She has recently graduated with her Bachelors in Music Education from the University of Louisville. Before attending the University of Louisville she attended duPont Manual High School and was a vocal major at the Youth Performing Arts School. In her time at the University of Louisville she was a member of the Collegiate Chorale and Cardinal Singers. Outside of her studies, Anna is an active member of Sojourn Community Church and is a YoungLife leader. She enjoys reading, journaling, spending time with friends and family, and any type of adventure.


Sarah Tubbesing is a native of Lexington, KY and graduate of the School for Creative and Performing Arts at Lafayette High School.  She received her B.M. in Music Education from the University of Louisville in 2012, studying voice under Professor Edith Tidwell. Upon graduation, she returned to Lexington to teach choir at two local high schools. Sarah has sung with various choral ensembles, including the Kentucky Bach Choir, the University of Louisville Collegiate Chorale and Cardinal Singers, and is a soprano section leader in the choir at St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church. She is currently pursuing her Master's in Choral Conducting at the University of Louisville where she is a student of Dr. Kent Hatteberg and Professor Bomi Lee. 


Kelly Welding is a Louisville native who began her choral singing activities at an early age. She is an alumna of Sacred Heart Academy and the University of Louisville School of Music. While at U of L, Kelly studied voice with Edith Tidwell and was a member of the University of Louisville Collegiate Chorale and Cardinal Singers.  In 2010, she received her B.A. in Music with a minor in Business Administration. Outside of school, Kelly has been a cantor at the Church of the Epiphany for 11 years and was an active member of the Choral Arts Society.  Currently, Kelly is the Sales Coordinator for the pharmaceutical sales company, US WorldMeds and is also a licensed Realtor with Keller Williams Louisville.

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Fowler Black is a native of Paducah, Kentucky and is currently in his 12th year as Sales Director of the Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau. Fowler holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Southern Studies from University of Mississippi. He has sung with the Ole Miss Concert Singers under Dr. Jerry Jordan, the ADCA Music in Worship Choir under John Rutter, and was a finalist with Chanticleer. Periodically, he also sings with Blue Ten - an all-male vocal ensemble from the University of Mississippi. Fowler is excited to be a part of the Louisville Chamber Choir along side his wife, Emily.


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Austin Echols is a pianist, organist, and conductor from Louisville, KY. Austin is a graduate of the University of Louisville where he studied both Music and Religious Studies. He is currently the Organist and Music Associate at Highland Baptist Church of Louisville. Aside from his passion for church music, Austin accompanies for numerous school choirs as well as workshops, reading sessions, honor choirs, and All-State choirs for the American Choral Directors Association. As an honorary member of the Black Classical Artists of Louisville, Austin participates regularly in concerts focusing on the American Spiritual genre. Austin is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and the American Guild of Organists, and serves as Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the Louisville Chamber Choir. 


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Jacob Hein is a pianist/organist and conductor from Louisville, Kentucky. He is a graduate of the University of Louisville with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. In the past, he has served as a section leader at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, and was the head accompanist at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church. He currently serves as the Director of Music at St. Martha Catholic Church in Louisville, Ky. In addition to church work, Jacob frequently accompanies at local and state high school festivals and concerts. While at the University of Louisville, he was heavily involved in choral singing while being a member of the Collegiate Chorale, the Cardinal Singers, and The Choral Arts Society. He studied voice with Donn Everett Graham.


Kyle King is a graduate of the Youth Performing Arts School at DuPont Manual High School. He is in his sophomore year at the University of Louisville, where he is currently pursuing a B.M. in Vocal Performance. At the university, Kyle is involved in Cardinal Singers, Collegiate Chorale, and the Opera Theatre program, and he studies with Professor Chad Sloan. This spring, he will be featured as Sarastro in the Opera Theatre’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Outside of the university, he has worked with the Kentucky Opera Chorus and Thompson Street Opera Company. He serves as a bass section leader at St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church. When he is not singing, Kyle enjoys photography, baking, writing music, and playing with his dogs Ruby and Gracie.


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Peter Lovett holds a B.M. in Music Education from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, a M.M. in Choral Conducting, and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Louisville. Peter has sung with the University of Louisville Cardinal Singers, Collegiate Chorale, The Concordia Choir, Dale Warland Singers, Chanson, the Choral Arts Society of Louisville, and was a finalist with Chanticleer.  Currently, Peter is attending the University of Louisville Brandis School of Law and produces and edits recordings for choral ensembles including Cardinal Singers, Jamestown College Choir, and The Concordia Choir. Peter lives in Louisville with his wife, Jamie, their son, Alec, and their two dogs, Dorothy, and Yogi.  


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Phillip Morgan is a native of Henderson, Kentucky and currently pursing his B.M. in Vocal Performance at the University of Louisville where he studies with Daniel Weeks. While at U of L, Phillip has been featured in the role of Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen and as Betto in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.  In addition to his past performances with the U of L Opera Theatre, Phillip has been a featured artist with the Kentucky Opera and has presented numerous, highly-regarded solo recitals in the Bellarmine University’s “Why Just In February?” Concert Series. Phillip has sung with the University of Louisville Collegiate Chorale, Cardinal Singers, and the Choral Arts Society of Louisville. Phillip is the Music Director at Central Presbyterian Church.


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Jim Rittenhouse is a native of Virginia Beach, VA, but has called Louisville home since 1991 after receiving the Master of Church Music degree and Performer’s Certificate from Southern Seminary. Jim has been a featured soloist with the Louisville Orchestra, Orchestra Kentucky, the Blanche Moyse Chorale (Vermont), Bourbon Baroque Ensemble, and Ars Femina, with whom he premiered the performance of Caccini’s La Liberazione di Riggiero in the title role. He sang many performances as soloist and choral member of the Louisville Choral Arts Society, and was a founding member and interim director of Coro Favoriti. Jim is Associate Director of Music at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Louisville, and is owner of McKinney Speakers, a speakers and talent bureau. He and his wife, Janet, reside in Louisville and have two beautiful daughters, Katie and Anna.