George Chu

Voice and Music Theory Professor; A Cappella Director
Work space: St. Paul Main Campus > Drew Fine Arts Center > DFA 209

Professor George S.T. Chu received a Doctor of Music with High Distinction from Indiana University in Bloomington, and a BA magna cum laude from Yale University. He is the Founding Director of the Oratorio Society of Minnesota, and served as its principal Conductor for almost three decades. The Oratorio Society's Choral Apprenticeship Program was awarded the 3M/United Arts Award for Innovation in the Arts.

Chu serves on the music faculty of Hamline University, where he conducts the A Cappella Choir. International concert tours by the A Cappella Choir have included Poland, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Germany, Austria, and the British Isles. Chu received a Fullbright-Hayes fellowship for study in Argentina and Peru, and regularly teaches courses on Latin American culture.

"The basic premise of my teaching is that students respond well to the challenge of learning when that challenge is presented in a way that enables success. This is similar in philosophy to my approach in conducting, although performing music in ensembles is a totally different experience than the academic classroom.

"In music rehearsal, the central concern is to build a collective artistic spirit leading to the discovery of the power of the music itself. The sum of the efforts of all is far greater than any individual can achieve. Individuals learn through the challenges of listening and performing at their highest level, and share the sense of pride that emerges through that inspiration."

-George Chu