Memorial Chapel

Virtual tour stop

An acoustic gem

Memorial Chapel, which dates to 1925, was dedicated to the memory of the Union men who had died in all wars up until that time. Today, the campus community gathers here to celebrate key College ceremonies, including Convocation each fall and Founders Day in February.

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    Known for its superb sound, the chapel is also used for choral and orchestral performances. Over the years, the Capital Region Classical series has welcomed audiences from across the region to the chapel for performances by internationally renowned musicians such as Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, Mitsuko Uchida, the Emerson String Quartet and others.

    Factoids: In 1982, “hard rock” concerts were banned from Memorial Chapel due to ongoing concerns about physical damage and disorder. (In fall 1974, one performer drove his motorcycle down the center aisle of the chapel.)

A dance performance by Bhangra Union held in Memorial Chapel as part of the Founders Day ceremony.
Students approaching Memorial Chapel, featuring its prominent columns in the foreground
Union College Choir practicing in Memorial Chapel
A figurative lion in the base of a lamp post stands sentienal at the entrance to Memorial Chapel
A drum performance inside of Memorial Chapel