Oak Ridge Chorus

Oak Ridge Chorus rehearsing

Oak Ridge Chorus rehearsal.

Welcome to the Oak Ridge Chorus! 

The Oak Ridge Chorus, is a community-based, volunteer chorus under the leadership of Choral Director Brenda Luggie.  The Chorus performs two concerts each season in addition to its performances with the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra led by Music Director Dan Allcott.  Additional community performance opportunities occasionally arise.

Due to the health crisis, the 2020–2021 concert season has changed dramatically.  However, we are pleased to announce that we are collaborating with the Roane Choral Society to present virtual concerts for you!  Links to this season's recordings and information on upcoming concerts may be found on ORCMA's website here.  Members are socially distanced and wear special masks.  Contact the ORCMA office for information on joining the chorus. (865) 483-5569 or e-mail office@orcma.org.   

During the 2019–2020 75th Anniversary Season, chorus performances with the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra were The Free Family Concert, and Celebration of Our Past & Future.  Native Lands was postponed indefinitely.  Chorus-only concerts were Gloria! and Leap Year & Light Opera!  During the 2018–2019 season, members of the Oak Ridge Chorus performed for the Dedication of the Peace Pavilion & First Ringing of the International Friendship Bell attended by the Consul General of Japan and numerous state and local dignitaries.

The Oak Ridge Chorus also participates in fundraising activities for the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association in support of the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, Chorus & Chamber Music Series.  The Wreath Sale is a popular holiday activity that provides volunteer opportunities and service to ADFAC.  On February 29, 2020, the Oak Ridge Chorus presented Leap Year & Light Opera Luncheon, a fun fundraising event that was held immediately prior to the concert featuring music by Gilbert & Sullivan and more.

The chorus typically rehearses weekly on Monday evenings throughout the season, and is an excellent opportunity to meet other music lovers in the community.  All are welcome!  No audition!  Dues: $30; students $15.  For more information about joining the chorus or volunteering for its activities, please contact the ORCMA office at (865) 483-5569 or e-mail office@orcma.org.  And remember to Like Us and Follow Us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/OakRidgeChorus/ to stay up to date on all our concerts and activities.

Brenda Luggie, Choral Director

Brenda Luggie, ORCMA Choral Director

ORCMA welcomed Brenda Luggie as its new Choral Director beginning with the 2020–2021 season and is strategically leading the Chorus through the health pandemic.  Luggie, who is Choral Director and Professor of Music at Roane State Community College (RSCC) is an active performer and conductor, and serves as the director of Roane Choral Society and volunteer director of the Roane Choral Society Children’s Choir.

In addition to her classes at RSCC, Ms. Luggie organizes and directs the annual choir tour, recently including collaborative works, festivals, or competitions in New York City’s Carnegie Hall, Málaga (Spain), Stockholm (Sweden), South Tyrol (Italy), and London (England).  She is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and her voice students have continued study in several music programs, including The University of Tennessee (Knoxville and Chattanooga), Middle Tennessee State University, East Tennessee State University, Tennessee Tech University, Belmont University, Maryville College, Yale University, and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (Los Angeles).  Luggie is also a member of the American Choral Director’s Association, and her conducting students have held positions with local ensembles, both choral and instrumental. 

As a performer, Ms. Luggie has sung operatic roles, solo works, and as a chorister with performing groups including Marble City Opera, Knoxville Opera Chorus, Oak Ridge Chorus, Maryville Community Chorus, Roane Choral Society, and currently Farragut Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir.

Ms. Luggie holds two degrees in Vocal Performance, a Bachelor of Music from The University of Akron and a Master of Music from Ohio University.