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 typically 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 ongoing health crisis, the 2021–2022 concert season has been planned with health guidelines in mind.  Masks, social distancing, and adherence to other health guidelines may be required.  Contact the ORCMA office at (865) 483-5569 or office@orcma.org for more information. 

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We are pleased to announce our ongoing collaboration with the Roane Choral Society.  Members are socially distanced and wear special masks for singing.  Contact the ORCMA office for information on joining the chorus. (865) 483-5569 or e-mail office@orcma.org.   

Highlights of recent seasons include collaborations with Roane Choral Society, Oak Ridge Civic Ballet, and Three Rivers Theatre Company.  During the 2020–2021 season, chorus performances were recorded and/or streamed live.  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.  Concerts also offer fun fundraising opportunities. 

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!  Nominal dues.  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.