Academic Choir of Aarhus was founded in 1985 and is currently conducted by Jonas Rasmussen. It is one of the leading professionally working amateur choirs of Denmark and consists of singers aged 20-35 associated with the musical environment of the university and conservatory of Aarhus. Every year, the choir gives around 15 concerts all around Denmark and competes in events abroad, including in Japan, England, Germany, Italy, Austria, and The United States.
In 2019, Academic Choir of Aarhus was declared world champions at the World Choral Championship in Tokyo, Japan. One year earlier, the choir obtained the Grand Prize at the Rimini International Choral Competition, and in 2015, the result of competing in Rome, Italy turned out to be a first place in three separate categories at the prestigious Musica Sacra a Roma.
Aside from touring and competing, a priority of Academic Choir of Aarhus is to seek the expansion and familiarity of Danish traditional songs, and the choir does so through concerts and recordings. As such, the choir initiated an ambitious project in 2021, planning to record each and every a capella-piece by the beloved Danish composer Svend S. Schultz. Earlier releases include the praised Jul i Den Gamle By (2014), Forår og sommer i Den Gamle By (2018), and the latest Lotusøje (2020), on which composer Per Drud Nielsen scored a selection of haiku poems by the popular Danish author Suzanne Brøgger.
To convey the joy of choral music to the broadest audience possible, Academic Choir of Aarhus also values singing in contexts where the listeners are not necessarily used to this kind of music. As an example, the choir was featured in a Danish Broadcasting Corporation TV program presenting certain elements of so-called high culture to young men. Also, the choir has on many occasions acted as a supporting choir at larger classical music projects in which high school and primary school students have participated, often collaboration with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra.