During an academic sabbatical in 2002, Dr. Christopher M. Cock spent many weeks in Leipzig, Germany, researching in this historic Bach city. The St. Thomas Church in Leipzig is where Johann Sebastian Bach served as Thomaskantor for 27 years. During this time, he crafted many of his well known liturgical compositions and led the Thomanerchor, the famous boy’s choir that recently celebrated it’s 805th anniversary.
Shortly after his work in Leipzig, Dr. Cock received an invitation to return with the Valparaiso University Chorale in 2004 for a residency at the St. Thomas Church. During this residency, the Chorale led all of the weekend services, as the Thomanerchor typically does, including the presentation of the weekly Bach cantata. No American university choir had ever received such a prestigious invitation, and since that time the Chorale has completed five additional residencies.