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 Louisville Chamber 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 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.