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In its over seventy-year history, the Florida State University Choral Department has provided choral performances for audiences across the United States and around the world, as well as the opportunity for a music education. The present study aims to create a narrative of the history and development of the FSU choral department through comprehensive investigation and research. This study identifies 1) the individuals, institutions, and events that led to the formation of the FSU choral department, 2) the philosophy and purpose of the FSU choral department, 3) the contributors to the development and establishment of this purpose and philosophy, 4) the conductors of the ensembles in the department and the directors of the department, and 5) the body of literature performed by the major ensembles of the department from 1947 – 2000. The study concludes that the FSU choral department evolved into a comprehensive organization, which maintained a commitment to excellence in musical performance, academia, and teacher training. Through its conductors and its collaboration with professional musicians and organizations, it proliferated its own reputation and influence throughout the United States and beyond. By establishing and expanding a comprehensive graduate program, the department created one of the largest professional networks of graduates in the profession. The department established itself as a flagship organization within Florida State University, and consistently garnered the support of the university leadership, local community, and government, becoming an ambassador for higher education and excellence in the performing arts.