Description: Odeion Choir Tags: Odeion School of Music Choir Odeion Choir

The Odeion Choir was founded by Mr Lance Phillip (Lecturer in Choral Directing, Music Theory, Composition and Musicology) as the New College Academic Choir in October 2009, but has been known by its present title since February 2010.

The choir is the training ensemble for the OCC-modules and Honours course at the University of the Free State. At present, the choir consists mainly of enrolled music students, with a few ad hoc members; all choristers have some previous choral experience.

From 2010-2012, the Odeion Choir has performed works such as Mozart’s Missa brevis in D and Fauré’s Requiem, besides joining forces with other ensembles to perform Haydn’s Nelson Mass, all under Lance Phillip.

In 2010, the choir sang Mozart’s Spatzenmesse, directed by Werner Stander. Smaller works included excerpts from Palestrina’s Requiem (1591) and Sicut cervus, Lotti’s Missa brevis in D minor, Rheinberger’s Abendlied, Stanford’s Blue Bird, Harris’ Behold the tabernacle and Dyson’s Canticles in C minor. The choristers are especially fond of the music of Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, and so this composer’s Magnificat & Nunc dimittis settings in B-flat and C, as well as the Te Deum in B-flat, as well as the anthems Ye choirs of new Jerusalem and Beati quorum via were learned, some of which were chosen to celebrate the University’s installation of a digital organ in the city’s Anglican Cathedral in 2012.

Apart from formal concert performances, the choir regularly performs at Evensong services at the Anglican Cathedral that provides an opportunity for students to learn to cope with the demands of regular choral performances. Because of the nature of these services the music is overwhelmingly English, but the general repertoire of the Choir includes those of European and other important composers.

For more information:


T: +27 51 401 2240 or

Marizanne Cloete: +27 51 401 2592

Katlego Mabulana: +27 51 401 2495
Juanita Hlongwane: +27 51 401 3269

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