The Choir of the West is the premier choral ensemble of the Department of Music at Pacific Lutheran University, located in Tacoma, Washington. The choir was founded in 1926, and was the third Lutheran college choir to tour extensively throughout the United States. Choir of the West has toured to Europe, Scandinavia, Japan and China, and has been selected to appear at several regional and national conferences of the National Association for Music Education and the American Choral Directors Association.
Most recently, the choir performed at the Northwestern Division ACDA conference in 2012 and the 2013 ACDA National Conference, held in Dallas, Texas. In November of 2015 the choir was a featured ensemble at the National Collegiate Choral Organization Conference, held in Portland, Oregon, performing with renowned conductor Simon Carrington. During the summer of 2011, Choir of the West competed among choirs from 47 nations at the prestigious Harmonie Festival in Lindenholzhausen, Germany, winning two gold certificates and one silver. In 2015 the choir competed in the Anton Bruckner Choir Competition, held in Linz, Austria. The choir won both the mixed choir and sacred music categories, and was awarded the Anton Bruckner Prize as the most outstanding ensemble in the competition.
Choir of the West is comprised of undergraduate students from a variety of academic disciplines. Members are chosen through a rigorous audition. The choir performs several concerts each year, including shared programs with other PLU ensembles, the annual series of six Christmas concerts (the 2015 concert was filmed for broadcast on PBS), campus ministry services, and campus celebratory events.