Dayton Celebration Chorus

Dayton Celebration Chorus

The Dayton Celebration Chorus is an adult community chorus that serves the city of Dayton and the Miami Valley region. There is no audition.

Open to all adults who enjoy singing, the Chorus performs a diverse repertoire of choral literature with an emphasis on American music.  Founded in 2003 as the Schuster Center Celebration Choir, the organization was first sponsored by the Victoria Theatre Association.  In 2014, the group affiliated with the University of Dayton Office of Special Programs and Continuing Education.

In recent years our performance venues have included the Courthouse Square Grand Illumination, downtown Dayton’s First Friday, the Kroc Center, Dayton Woman’s Club, The Greene, the University of Dayton, Fifth Third Field, and various churches and retirement communities.  Chorus members have enjoyed performance opportunities with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s Holiday Festival Community Chorus, the UD New Horizons Band, and the Miami Valley Symphony.  The Dayton Celebration Chorus has been selected annually to sing the National Anthem for the Dayton Dragons at Fifth Third Field. 



Rehearsals are held in two sessions, one in the Fall and one in the Spring. 

Tuesdays 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
St. John’s Lutheran Church
Fifth and Ludlow Streets in downtown Dayton

Available parking is directly behind the church, with the entrance off Fifth Street.  Use the church’s rear entrance which leads directly into the multi-purpose room, the rehearsal space.

Dayton Celebration Chorus sings at the Dayton Dragons game.Dayton Celebration Chorus sings the National Anthem to open a Dayton Dragons home game at Fifth Third Field.


The chorus meets for a Fall Session and a Spring Session.  At least 8 rehearsals are scheduled for each session. 

When:              Tuesdays 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Where:            St. John’s Lutheran Church at Fifth and Ludlow Streets in downtown Dayton.

Members of the chorus park directly behind the church in the church lot which is entered off Fifth Street.  There is a rear entrance to the church that opens into the multi-purpose room where the chorus rehearses.

Spring Session 2019

Rehearsals:  Mar 5-Apr 30

Performances to be announced




  Tuition fee:                  $50.00 per session

Registering for Spring 2019

Contact the Office of Special Programs and Continuing Education at (937) 229-2347 register by phone or by mail the registration form to  Celebration Chorus, University of Dayton, 300 College Park, Dayton, OH 45469-7011. 

To register online use this link 

Meet the Director

director.jpgA native of Ohio, Andrew Hohman is the conductor of the Dayton Celebration Chorus.  He has most recently served at the University of Dayton as a lecturer in choral music education and interim director of choirs.  Dr. Hohman holds a Doctor of Music Education degree from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where he studied conducting with William Gray, Carmen Helena-Tellez and Jan Harrington, and also voice with Timothy Noble.  While at Indiana University, he was appointed Associate Instructor, and was privileged to receive additional instruction from choral conductors such as Vance George, Dale Warland and Robert Porco.  He also holds a Master of Music degree from Bowling Green State University and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Cedarville University.  Andrew has been an active part of music education in Ohio, as he was previously the vocal music director at Fairborn High School in Fairborn, Ohio.

Meet the Accompanist

Dr. Mary Fahrenbruck, chorus accompanist, is a retired music professor from Central State University, where she taught for 30 years.

She performs professionally as a solo pianist, chamber musician, accompanist, and musical pit orchestra musician throughout the region.

A few words from our members

 “Singing with the Dayton Philharmonic last Christmas in the Schuster was awesome!”

“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.”

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, both sacred and secular, 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

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.  For more information, contact: Office of Special Programs and Continuing Education Phone: 937-229-2347.


Special Programs and Continuing Education

300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 7011
Phone: 937-229-2605; FAX: 937-229-3500
Special Program and Continuing Education