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School or Affiliation: Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ

Shrine of the Ages Choir

The Shrine of the Ages Choir is the most advanced mixed choral ensemble at Northern Arizona University. It is a large, select, mixed ensemble of sophomore through graduate singers chosen by audition. Founded in 1933 under the direction of Dr. Eldon Ardrey, the choir brought tremendous exposure to the university through its annual participation in the Easter Sunrise Service at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The service was broadcast nationally over NBC radio affiliate stations until 1968, including broadcasts overseas to servicemen during World War II. From 1955 to 1983 Shrine was conducted by Millard Kinney who maintained a tradition of excellence in performance. In 1983 the choir's name was changed to "University Chorale." In 1999 the name "Shrine of the Ages Choir" returned in honor of the NAU Centennial Celebration. The choir is dedicated to the study and performance of outstanding choral repertoire. The Shrine of the Ages Choir has been featured at national and regional American Choral Directors Association conventions and has produced several CD recordings.

The choir tours on a rotational basis within the state of Arizona, regionally and internationally. The choir has travelled to the People's Republic of China, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, New Zealand and Australia.


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