Duke Chapel

Recognizing the creative arts as both an expression of the worship of God and an expression of human longing for God, the Chapel cultivates a robust music program that seeks to give glory to God and to stir the hearts and minds of all those it reaches; it also nurtures expressions of faith through dance, the visual arts, and other artistic modes.

Working from a variety of sacred music traditions, Chapel Music comprises three choirs, seven staff members, two organ scholars, four organs, and a 50-bell carillon, in addition to partnerships with many professional musicians, student music groups, and guest choirs.

The Chapel also creates a space on campus for expression of the spiritual life by crafting student and community-based programming for ethnically, culturally, and religiously diverse aesthetic offerings.

Built between 1930 and 1935 in the neo-Gothic English style, Duke Chapel was the first building planned for the new West Campus, but the last to be completed. This iconic building features a 210-foot tower, a 50-bell carillon, 77 stained glass windows, three pipe organs, and wooden pew and chair seating for 1,600 people. Its chief designer was African American architect Julian F. Abele, who also led the design of West Campus. A wheelchair-accessible entrance is available at the rear of the Duke Chapel on the north side of the building, and accessible seating is available in the north transept. Duke Chapel hosts many large choral concerts from Duke Arts Presents; the acoustics in the transepts and the crossing are particularly excellent. Patrons may wish to bring a cushion for pew seating.

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