Cadets perform during the annual U.S. Air Force Academy's "Messiah" concert Dec. 8 at the Cadet Chapel in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Cadet Chorale is the academy's premiere choral organization. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan)
DENVER -- The U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Chorale and David Robinson, a retired San Antonio Spur and a 1987 Naval Academy graduate, sing the national anthem at the 2005 NBA All-Star Game here Feb. 20. The cadet chorale's visit was part of the NBA's salute to the men and women of the armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Steve Grever)
More than 200 cadets voluntarily lend their voices to cadet choral groups, participating to varying degrees throughout their four years at the Air Force Academy.
The Chapel Choirs -- Catholic, Protestant, Gospel, Protestant Praise Team and Latter Day Saints (Mormon) -- support worship services and musical experiences related to the Cadet Chapel program. Varying in size from 10 to 70 members, the choirs, by their very nature, attract cadets with a special measure of dedication to their religious convictions and drive to express and share their faith. They not only perform weekly in the Cadet Chapel, but also make appearances throughout the nation. Choir trips enhance recruitment and visibility for the Academy as well as provide a unique form of ministry. Trips to various areas of the country are scheduled in each year's program. Churches large and small, of many denominations, in addition to high schools, are included as an integral part of each trip.
The Cadet Chorale is the Academy's premiere choral organization. Cadets who indicate an interest in the Chorale are auditioned to determine musical ability and other special talents. Those who are accepted start musical training in a special section of their chosen group and become as active in the program as time, talent and interest allow. The Chorale's repertoire is large, including the greatest pieces from the whole heritage of music. It made its debut with the Denver Symphony in October 1958 and has since sung in nearly every state in the nation. Television appearances in recent years have included the 2006 Rose Bowl Game, Super Bowl XXIX (2005) in Jacksonville, Fla., and the 2005 NBA All-Star Game in Denver
The Academy Singers is composed of 12 men and women from the Cadet Chorale who represent the Academy through a cappella (unaccompanied) singing. Membership is by audition and is limited to three sopranos, three altos, three tenors and three basses. The Academy Singers was formed in August 2000 to support the many performance requests received annually in addition to providing an outlet for a cappella singing to outstanding cadet vocalists.