Millikin Choral Program
About the Millikin Choral Program
A tradition of choral excellence has long been a part of Millikin’s history. With more than 250 singers, the choral program now includes four traditional choirs led by a nationally recognized staff of conductors. Music majors and non-majors alike count their choral experience as among the most profound during their Millikin years. In addition to their individual performance schedules, choirs perform together for large-scale choral/orchestral and for Vespers at Millikin, the largest single event on Millikin’s campus drawing 6,500 people annually. Recordings of the choirs may be purchased through First Step Records, Millikins’ student-run recording label.
What Choirs are at Millikin?
The flagship of the Millikin choral fleet, The University Choir has gained national recognition due in part of six invitations to perform at national and regional conferences of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). In addition to annual two-week tours across the United States, the choir has toured to China and Taiwan, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, throughout the United Kingdom and most recently to the Baltic States. The choir just released their seventh CD, Exsultate!, available on iTunes and at FirstStepRecords.com.
The Collegiate Chorale is an upper-class select mixed ensemble exploring all forms of choral music from five centuries of standardrepertoire. The choir tours annually throughout the region. Recently, they were invited to perform for the Regional Conference of the American Choral Director’s Association. The choir’s recording From the Heart, is available on Millikin’s FirstStep Records label.
Fifty-five voices strong, the Millikin Men’s Choir sings a broad variety of repertoire. Whether before a crowd of 70,000 for the national anthem at a Chicago Bears game, before an audience of conductors at the IL-MEA Conference or in front of an audience of high school choristers at the annual Millikin Vocal Festival, the Millikin Men are a favorite wherever they perform.
Millikin Women has a long-standing tradition of excellence at Millikin. The choir is a select group of 80 singers. The choir frequently receives special invitations for performances state-wide,and tours in the spring. Annually they host the Millikin Women’s Choir Festival which draws high school women’s choirs from throughout the state.
How May I Sing in a Choir?
Any Millikin University student can audition for a choir. Audition notices are posted in the School of Music lobby at the beginning of each acandemic year. Contact Dr. Brad Holmes for more information.