What choirs are at Millikin?
Brad Holmes, Conductor
The flagship of the Millikin choral fleet, the University Choir features 55 upper-class students from a variety of majors. Membership in the choir places high demands on students who travel extensively throughout the United States representing the university in a variety of settings. In recent years, the choir has toured to Ireland, Scotland, England, China, Taiwan, Haiti, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic.
Over the past dozen years, the University Choir has been invited to perform for two National and three Divisional Conferences of the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA). Their performances have garnered new attention their approach to varied style and unique programming. The choir has five recordings on Millikin's First Step Records label.
Guy Forbes, Conductor
Chamber Chorale is an upper-class select mixed ensemble exploring all forms of choral music from five centuries of standard repertoire. 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'sFirst Step Records label.
Matthew Leese, Conductor
A 60-voice ensemble of some Millikin's best upper-class women's voices, The University Women's Choir performs music from the medieval period to the present, and from all corners of the globe. Members of the choir enjoy pushing the limits of range and virtuosity within the treble-choir repertoire, committed to the performance of the most challenging and beautiful classical choral works as well as music from other unusual genres.
Ted Hesse, Conductor
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.
Beth Holmes, Conductor
Millikin Women has a long-standing tradition of excellence at Millikin. The choir is a select group of 50 singers, all of whom are first-year students. The choir frequently receives special invitations for performances state-wide. They are host for the annual 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 academic year. Contact Dr. Brad Holmes for more information.