Arts & Culture

Ladies first: UK Treble Choir opens the season 'Stronger Together'


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 30, 2023) — The University of Kentucky Treble Choir (formerly UK Women’s Choir) will present the first concert of their 2023-24 season, "Stronger Together," 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, in the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall. Joining the UK Treble Choir onstage will be the Lafayette High School Advanced Women’s Choir and UK’s Paws and Listen

The program will include Paws and Listen’s rendition of “What Was I Made For” by Billie Eilish, “Your Soul is Song” by Jake Runestad performed by the UK Treble Choir, and Michael Engelhardt’s “How Good!” featuring the combined choirs. 

Tickets are $14 for general admission and $7 for students with additional ticketing fees. Tickets can be purchased from the Singletary Center ticket office by phone at 859-257-4929, online at, and in person at the venue. Free advance tickets for UK students with a valid ID are available at the Singletary Center ticket office up to the day before the concert during operating hours. 

Under the direction of Lori Hetzel, D.M.A., the UK Treble Choir (UKTC) is comprised of singers who represent a variety of musicals backgrounds and academic disciplines. Ranging from freshmen to graduate students, these singers share a love of music that challenges and emboldens them. The choir’s inspiring and diverse repertoire emphasizes music by female artists. The ensemble performs works which uplift and offer a voice to underrepresented composers and poets.  

The UKTC represents the unleashing of the power and beauty of the treble voices and the positive energy found in a diverse community of strong singers who support one another and perform works that reflect their inner strength. The repertoire selected reflects social issues relevant in contemporary society while igniting sparks of beauty and hope.  

Under Hetzel’s leadership of the past 29 years, the UKTC has grown from a 30-member, typical treble choir to a group of more than 100 diverse and passionate singers with a heart for social change crafted through music. Through interviews with composers, individual projects about underrepresented poets and activists, and deep conversation about the change they want to see in the world, the members of UKTC are transformed throughout their time in the ensemble. Though the music is an important aspect, it is the sense of community that creates the intrinsic fibers of this group. 

The UK Treble Choir and Paws and Listen are part of the School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts. The school has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, music therapy, composition, and theory and music history. 

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.