Skip to main content

Dayton Celebration Chorus

Dayton Celebration Chorus

The Dayton Celebration Chorus offers adults who enjoy singing the opportunity to enhance their vocal skills together with music lovers from across the Miami Valley.  In keeping with the University of Dayton’s tradition of providing noncredit offerings for adult learners, the Chorus affiliated with the UD Office of Special Programs and Special Education in 2014.  There is no audition to join.

Under the direction of a professionally trained director, the Chorus performs a diverse repertoire of choral literature with an emphasis on American music.  In recent years our performance have regularly included the Dayton Courthouse Square Grand Illumination, Christmas caroling in the Oregon District. The Dayton Celebration Chorus has auditioned and been selected annually to sing the National Anthem for a Dayton Dragons game at DayAir Field.  In addition to two concerts annually at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Dayton, the chorus has sung at various senior communities, Stubbs Park in Centerville, the University of Dayton, and the Calvary Cemetery chapel for Angel Night. In the summer 2023, the Chorus was a performance group for Art in the City sponsored by the Downtown Dayton Partnership.

Chorus members have also enjoyed performance opportunities with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s Holiday Festival Community Chorus, the UD New Horizons Band, and the Miami Valley Symphony. 

summer SESSION 2024: july 2 to august 6


  • When: Tuesdays 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Where:  St. John’s Lutheran Church; at the corner of 5th and Ludlow Streets in Downtown Dayton.  There is direct entrance to the rehearsal space from the parking lot behind the church.
  • 5 rehearsals from July 2 to July 30 followed by a concert on August 6.  
  • Performances currently being booked may come after August 6.
  • Registration fee:  $30.00 (Registration forms will be available at the first rehearsal.)

More about the choir…..

Mission and Purpose

As part of its mission and purpose, the Dayton Celebration Chorus:

  • provides opportunity for community musicians to build their musicianship skills
  • emphasizes healthy singing, with good tone, breath control and diction
  • reflects the University of Dayton’s mission and its commitment to building community and to life-long learning
  • sings a varied repertoire, with a focus on American music
  • shares its joy of singing by presenting public performances in the community
  • serves as musical ambassadors for the Miami Valley region and the city of Dayton
  • promotes wellness and a positive learning and social environment, understanding that healthy singing is good for the body, mind and spirit

 A few words from our members

 “The choir has provided me an ideal opportunity to return to singing, an activity I hadn't enjoyed since high school.”

“The warm-ups and singing tips have really helped me to sing better and longer and to be a stronger musician.”

"I love the variety of selections!"

“I enjoy the variety of ages in the choir and have made many new friends from all over the Miami Valley region.”

“I may feel tired when I first come to rehearsal after the long workday, but I always feel energized and happier when I am there.”

Support for the Chorus

The Dayton Celebration Chorus is supported through member fees and donations.  Donations to the chorus should be made payable to the UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON and sent to Ms. Julie Mitchell, Executive Director; Special Programs and Continuing Education; University of Dayton; 300 College Park Drive;  Dayton, OH 45469-7011.  Please write DAYTON CELEBRATION CHORUS on your check.



Special Programs and Continuing Education
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-0711
Phone: 937-229-2605 or 937-229-2347; Fax: 937-229-3500

Sue Jordon is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music where she majored in music education and studied choral conducting.  Over the years until retiring. Sue directed a college choir in Michigan, directed church choirs in five different states, taught elementary school music for 26 years in Arkansas, California and Kentucky, and served on the board of the Orff Schulwerk Association in Orange County, California.  After retirement she joined University of Kentucky OLLI Chorus and upon moving to the Dayton area she sang with the Dayton Celebration Chorus as an outstanding 2nd soprano for two years before being named director.


Laura Norman joined the Dayton Celebration Chorus last fall as our new accompanist. Laura began her musical journey at an early age with formal piano training and honed her musical skills throughout her high school years and beyond by providing support to vocalists, instrumentalists, and choirs. With over a decade of experience she has become an accomplished accompanist and has discovered a true passion for this art form.


Special Programs and Continuing Education

300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 7011
Special Program and Continuing Education