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The UNB Bicentennial Choir performing at the UNB bicentennial Encaenia

After the dissolution of the UNB Choral Society (formerly the Glee Club), there was a couple years of hiatus in vocal music at the Fredericton campus. In 1985, in preparation for the bicentennial celebration of UNB, the Bicentennial Choir was formed with the support of then president James Downey. Under the invitation of president Downey, Steven Peacock became its director. The Bicentennial Choir had been going strong and became an ensemble of the Centre for Musical Arts which was founded in 1993. In the Fall of 1998, the choir changed its name to University Singers and again in 2002, to UNB Chorale which is still active today. Angela Birdsell was the director for the choir for a year before its change of name in 1998.

The choir was open to students at UNB and STU. It has performed contemporary and traditional choral music at Encaenia, convocations, Christmas recitals, the Red 'n' Black Revue, the Art Cabaret, joint concert with other choral societies in Fredericton, and various on/off-campus events. In its later years it has performed regularly at the joint concerts with the UNB Concert Band.

Programme: Fall concert 1996

UNB Bicentennial Choir performing at the 1988 UNB Fall Convocation. Courtesy of Steven Peacock

Information from Steven Peacock, book "A Pictoral History of the University of New Brunswick" by Susan Montague, and UNB Archives. Top photo courtesy of UNB Archives, UA RG 340, 13724A_n
Last Updated: June 28, 2018 by Yiyang Shi