Millikin University Choir
From the pure sounds of the Renaissance to the robust qualities of major choral/orchestral works, the Millikin University Choir celebrates a broad variety of styles and genres. Rather than identifying itself with a particular choral sound, the choir showcases its reputation for tonal diversity. Consequently, the group strives to master a distinct tone and articulation for each piece in its repertoire, based on historical precedent.
The Choir’s diversity in style is well matched by their unique performance schedule. From schools to churches to major auditoriums, the choir seeks to bring a unique blend of warmth and artistic excellence to audiences of every description. The group has performed in such remarkable settings as the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and Cathedral Santo Domingo, the first cathedral in the New World. They have sung invitation concerts at York Minster and Canterbury Cathedral in England, St. Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh and St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. But their performance schedule has also included such unusual locations as St. Vincent’s School for the Handicapped in Port au Prince, Haiti, and street performances in Santiago, Dominican Republic.
The Millikin University Choir has gained national recognition, due in part to seven 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 internationally throughout Continental Europe, into Russia and across the United Kingdom. While visiting China, the choir made concert excursions to Taiwan and Hong Kong. Twice they have toured the Caribbean including stops in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, the choir visited the Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia in 2014 and Spain in 2017. They will tour Italy with a special focus on Sicily in the summer of 2020.
University Choir Recordings
Recordings from various years of the University Choir are available from First Step Records or on iTunes. They will release its seventh CD in 2020.