The A Cappella Chorus of Abilene Christian University is dedicated to the study and performance of the finest choral literature of all musical eras. Begun in 1932 by the late Dr. Leonard Burford, it serves as the premier vocal ensemble on the ACU campus. In addition to major performances throughout the academic year, the A Cappella Chorus performs for university and community events and travels on an extended tour each year. The choir has traveled to Germany and Eastern Europe in addition to regular tours throughout Texas. The A Cappella Chorus has performed before the conventions of the Texas Music Educator’s Association (1982, 2005) and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (2004) and regularly collaborates with the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra on major choral-orchestral works, including Ein Deutsches Requiem (Brahms), Messa da Requiem (Verdi), Symphony No. 9 (Beethoven), Carmina Burana (Orff), and Lauda per la nativita del Signore (Respighi). In 2008, the choir performed on a national broadcast of Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion.
Membership is open to all students in the university through a competitive audition process. Auditions are held at the end of each spring semester.