A student choir
The Leuven University Choir (LUK) is the student choir of KU Leuven
The choir brings together over 100 singers for rehearsals, concerts, and much more.
The year of the choir
Each semester, the LUK prepares a concert. Additionally, the choir can be heard regularly during events organised by the university, such as the festive Opening of the Academic Year.
The LUK is not just a choir, but also a student association. Besides rehearsals, lots of other activities take place, such as an evening when the new and older members get to know each other, a “cantus”, rehearsal weekends, a choir trip in the summer, activities with the other university ensembles or a free podium.
The LUK is conducted by Kevin Hendrickx.
Kevin is orchestral and choral conductor and doctor of science. Our colleagues of the Arenberg Orchestra know him as a guest conductor, but Leuven isn’t the only university town that Kevin is familiar with. He teaches chemistry in Antwerp and in Ghent, he founded Continuo, the alumni and staff orchestra.
Kevin not only likes romantic choral works, but also contemporary experiment. He has to, because he studies composition at the Conservatory of Ghent.
Fifty years of history
The choir was founded by two students more than fifty years ago. Since then, over a thousand students have sung in the LUK and more than twenty directors have led the choir, first students, later professionals. This all contributes to the “forever young” image of the choir.
The LUK keeps former members informed with a newsletter. Are you a former member and do you not receive our newsletter yet? Send an email to email@example.com.
Thijs Schepens leads the working of the choir with great enthusiasm and a touch of humour.
Nele Van Dael provides scores, a rehearsal room and a fully equipped concert venue.
Willem Kindt manages the choir’s coffers.
Mare Klijnsma and Judit Renneboog are already preparing the summer choir trip together.
Andreas Corthouts is known to choir members for his original activities and eternal enthusiasm.
Every year, the choir elects a new board. This year’s board consists of a president, a secretary, a treasurer, an activities organiser and two trip leaders.
The board also chooses a name each time. Such a name can refer to music or ideas that the board agrees with. The current board chose the name Asteri .
They live together in the koorkot at the Great Beguinage.
Social Media (Saar Vandaele), Tech support (Jitske Vanhove), Publicity, news letter and program leaflet (Emilie Mercken), Website (Florian Sauerland en Joris Ceulemans), Anniversary team (Matthias Cruypelinck en Emma Lavens), Merchandising (Johanna-Maria Van den Broeck), LUKraak (Nienke Winters).
Besides the six board members, there are also nine coordinators. They support the board in their ambitious plans for this year.
What once began as a crazy idea of two students, had grown in to the choir of the KU Leuven. Today, the LUK provides music for the most important official events of the university, such as the Opening of the Academic Year and the Patron Saint’s Day.
The LUK is one of the university ensembles of the KU Leuven. The choir is structurally funded by the Culture Committee and the Culture Office at KU Leuven. Holders of a Culture Card receive a discount on our ticket prices.