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Bands
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Concert Band
Sharon Huff, Conductor
The University Concert Band is an auditioned ensemble open to all university students for credit. The Concert Band performs on campus two times each semester at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center, and frequently tour to area public schools. The focus of the group is to develop a student's independent musicianship and artistry while performing high quality and challenging band music.
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Wind Ensemble
The Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Millikin's premiere large instrumental ensemble, tours annually, often performing in public schools throughout the Midwest. In 1985, 1992, and again in January 2000 the Symphonic Wind Ensemble was featured at the Illinois Music Educators Association Conference. In 1994 and 2009 the ensemble performed in Indianapolis at the Music Educators Association North Central Conference. This past spring the Wind Ensemble traveled to NYC and performed under the direction of Frank Battisti, conductor Emeritus of the New England Conservatory of Music.

Wind Ensemble
Chamber Ensembles
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Chamber Ensembles
The Millikin University School of Music enjoys rich and varied chamber music offerings by both faculty and students. Student ensembles range from typical and atypical string, woodwind, brass, and percussion configurations to a cappella vocal groups.
Chamber Ensembles
Choirs
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Chamber Chorale
Guy Forbes, Conductor
Chamber Choral 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. In February 2010 the choir will perform for the Regional Conference of the American Choral Director's Association, one of seven college choirs from a five state area to be invited. The choir's recording From the Heart, is available on Millikin's First Step Records label
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Millikin Men
Ted Hesse, Conductor
Forty-five voices strong, the Millikin Men's Choir is made up of first year students who sing a broad variety of repertoire. Whether before a crowd of 70,000 for the national anthem at a Chicago Bears game or an audience of high school choristers at the annual Millikin Vocal Festival, the Millikin Men are a favorite wherever they perform. This year, the choir has been invited to sing for the 2010 Illinois Music Educator’s Association Conference.
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Millikin Women
Beth Holmes, Conductor
The Millikin Women’s Choir has a long-standing tradition of excellence at Millikin. A select group of 65 first-year singers, the choir performs standard women’s choir literature from classical to folk arrangements. They are the host organization for the annual Women’s Choir Festival held on campus and tour regionally each year. This year the choir will be featured with the MDSO in Mahler’s Third Symphony.
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University Choir
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 it highest demands on students who tour annually and represent the university in a broad range of settings. In the last decade, the University Choir has been invited to perform for three Regional Conventions of the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA). The choir’s recent appearance at the National Convention of ACDA has garnered new attention to its approach to varied style and unique programming. In recent years, the choir has visited England, China, Taiwan, Scandinavia, the former Soviet Union, Mexico, Haiti, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
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University Women
Matthew Leese, Conductor
Consisting of 50 upper class women, the Millikin University Women's Choir performs classical choral literature from five centuries of music. Recently the choir has also developed a niche of its own with concerts involving mixed media and extensive exploration of non-traditional choral sonorities. The group may also be heard in combination with other Millikin choirs at the annual oratorio concert or during Christmas Vespers.
University Women
Commercial Ensembles
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Commercial Ensembles
Commercial Ensembles this year include the following genres: bluegrass, blues, pop/rock, and metal. Each of these ensembles meets once per week with faculty and once per week on their own. Student collaboration and leadership are an essential component of these groups. Each semester there are ample opportunities for both live performance and serious recording sessions.
Commercial Ensembles
Guitar Ensembles
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Guitar Ensembles
Manley Mallard, Director
The guitar ensembles have been a significant performance group at Millikin University since 1987. They perform a wide variety of literature from the Renaissance to the twentieth century, performing throughout the Midwest to promote awareness of and interest in the guitar and its music. Students expand their repertoire beyond solo music and address issues related to group performance and rehearsal.
Guitar Ensembles
Jazz Ensembles
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Jazz Band I
Randall Reyman, Director
Jazz Band I is the premier instrumental jazz group on campus, made up of our top players. Recently invited to prestigious festivals at Elmhurst College and Notre Dame University, they have performed in the past few years with guests Rob Parton, Paul McKee, Mark Colby, Mike Smith, Dick Oatts, Marv Stamm, Dave Pietro and others. The group has toured internationally and has recorded three CDs, available through First Step Records. The ensemble's principal repertoire is from the contemporary big band literature as well as authentic transcriptions from the bands of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and others. In recent years, the ensemble has consistently been named an outstanding band at the Elmhurst Jazz Festival.
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Jazz Band II
Perry Rask, Director
Jazz Band II serves as a training ensemble for students who have had limited exposure to big band jazz. The ensemble performs regularly on and off campus, playing the music of Count Basie, Sammy Nestico, Eric Richards, Maria Schneider, Mike Tomaro, Mark Taylor, and others. The ensemble has performed at the Central Illinois Jazz Festival and at schools in the area. The focus in this ensemble is to help young musicians develop their jazz style and jazz improvisation skills.
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Jazz Combos
Randall Reyman and Christopher Reyman, Directors
The combo program at Millikin University has developed in recent years into one of the most vibrant aspects of our ensemble offerings. The 3:00 combo class offers the opportunity to learn the essentials of small group jazz performance, ranging from stylistic/improvisational considerations to professional on-the-job issues. The 4:00 advanced combo operates on a real world basis, performing at a local jazz venue on Monday evenings. This ensemble performs a variety of repertoire ranging from jazz standards to original works written specifically for the group. The 4:00 traditional jazz group, the Soy City Stompers, offers yet another type of jazz experience, drawing from the repertoire of Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, and others.
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OneVoice
Steve Widenhofer, Director

OneVoice is the flagship ensemble of the vocal jazz program at Millikin University.  An 8-voice ensemble, OneVoice performs jazz standards and contemporary music with and without rhythm section.  The group has been invited to perform at various educational conferences and collegiate jazz festivals in the United States including the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) international convention [2008], Jazz Educator’s Network [2012], ACDA Central Division Conference [2002 & 2012], IAJE international convention in New York City (2001) and San Diego (1989), and four times at the Illinois State Music Educator's Association state conference in Peoria. Over the years, OneVoice has consistently been recognized as one of the outstanding groups at jazz festivals in the Midwest.

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Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra
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Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra
Michael Luxner, Director
The Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra is both an organization of the School of Music and a community-supported professional orchestra. This partnership allows students of orchestral instruments to study, rehearse, and perform core symphonic repertoire from all style periods alongside their studio teachers under professional conditions. The MDSO performs an annual subscription season of six concerts, plus special events such as outdoor concerts, music theatre, and opera.
Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra
Opera Theatre
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Opera Theatre
Terry Stone, Director
Millikin Opera Theatre is distinctive because it offers education for the undergraduate vocal student through an ambitious set of performance opportunities. In their four years of undergraduate studies singers will have the opportunity to perform works from the major periods and styles of opera and American musical theatre. Opera Workshop students progress through as tructured sequence of recital and scene programs during each semester of their undergraduate study. Additionally,three full opera productions are performed each year. Last year the Fall Opera was Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea; the Spring Mainstage Opera was Orpheus in the Underworld by Offenbach. The final production was a pastiche opera titled Rapunzel conceived and directed by Devin Kemp, a member of the Opera Workshop class. 2012-2013 productions will include Le MaladeImaginaire by Charpentier and Sacred/Secular: Cantatas by J. S. Bach. Students are also eligible to audition for all Department of Theatre of Dance dramatic and musical theater productions.
Opera Theatre
Other
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String Arts Ensemble
Michael Luxner, Director
The String Arts Ensemble is a student-only chamber orchestra that meets between MDSO concert cycles, or in lieu of MDSO for students. Repertoire performed in recent seasons has included standard string orchestra works by Corelli, Handel, Vivaldi, Schumann, Grieg, Holst, and Tchaikovsky. The String Arts Ensemble performs in various venues on and off campus, including tours and runouts.
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Studio Ensembles
The Studio Ensemble program at Millikin provides students with the opportunity to perform in a small instrumental ensemble (often with vocal soloists) in a variety of styles including jazz, rock, pop, country, Broadway and gospel. Many of these ensembles also record at Millitrax Studio, a modern recording studio and video-editing facility on campus. All recording at Millitrax is managed and engineered by students.
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Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Gary R. Shaw, Conductor
The Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble includes students who major in music as well as many other academic disciplines at Millikin University. In addition to performances at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center, the ensemble tours annually, often performing in public schools throughout the Midwest. In 1985, 1992, and again in January 2000 the Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble was featured at the Illinois Music Educators Association Conference. In 1994 the ensemble performed in Indianapolis at the Music Educators Association North Central Conference. In March 1998, 2001 and 2005, the Millikin Symphonic Band traveled to the Dominican Republic (DR) for a musical outreach program. Members of the Millikin Wind Ensemble performed in Santo Domingo and La Romana and spent time demonstrating instruments to young students in public and private schools. The Millikin band program also sponsored a drive for used instruments in the Decatur community and was able to donate many instruments to students in the DR. In March 1999, Dr. Gary Shaw, conductor of the Millikin Symphonic Band was invited by the United States Information Agency and the City of La Romana to work with the Municipal Band of La Romana and give where he gave presentations to children in local schools. Frequent guest conductors and soloists have visited the Millikin University campus to perform with students in the band program. Notable conductors include John P. Paynter, Stephen Egglelston, Robert Grechesky, Charles Menghini and conductor/composer Robert W. Smith. Guest soloists performing with the bands have included Millikin faculty members; Canadian Brass trumpeter, Ronald Romm; tubist Harvey Phillips and trombonist John Marcellus. The Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble has participated in several new composition consortiums with other universities. Commissioned composers include David Maslanka, David Gillingham, John Stevens, Joseph Schwantner and Libby Larsen. The Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble has released three compact disc recordings, Postcard from the Prairie (2002), Tempered Steel (2003), and A Tribute to John Philip Sousa (2005). These recordings are produced by Millikin University's student run record label First Step Records.
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Tudor Voices
Daniel Carberg, Conductor
Tudor Voices is a select small vocal ensemble specializing in music of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. Performing regularly on campus and in the community, Tudor Voices collaborates with Millikin's faculty ensemble, Gravitación. Tudor Voices performs a capella , as well as with period instruments, such at lute and harpsichord.
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Vocal Jazz Ensembles
Stephen Widenhofer, Director
The vocal jazz program annually hosts an educational Vocal Jazz Festival on campus for high school and collegiate ensembles. OneVoice, the flagship ensemble of the program, has been specially recognized by DOWN BEAT magazine several times and has been invited to perform at various educational conferences and collegiate jazz festivals in the United States including the IAJE international convention in New York City (2001) and San Diego (1989), the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival in Colorado, four times at the Illinois State Music Educator's Association state conference in Peoria, and, most recently, at the 2009 American Choral Director's Association national conference in Oklahoma City. Over the years, OneVoice has been recognized numerous times as one of the outstanding groups at both the Elmhurst Jazz Festival and Gold Company Invitational Jazz Festival. OneVoice performs both on and off-campus, regularly tours regionally and has toured the Dominican Republic on three different occasions and will do so again in Spring 2011. The ensemble is featured on three compact discs, Beautiful Friendship, Small Talk, and their most recent recording, Esperanto. All CDs are available from First Step Records (www.firststeprecords.com).
Vocal Jazz Ensembles
Percussion Ensembles
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Chamber Percussion Ensembles
Brian Justison, Director
The Millikin Chamber Percussion Ensembles, under the direction of Brian Justison, have been widely acclaimed for their performances of concert repertoire for percussion instruments. They are a recent winner (2003) of the Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competition and were selected to perform at the 2008 PASIC Focus Day session. Performances at numerous regional music festivals are also part of their activities. Additionally, their debut CD, Best Kept Secret, received laudable reviews from both Gramophone Magazine and Percussive Notes. Each semester, one of four sub-groups are drawn from the core of this ensemble--a classical marimba quartet, a ragtime xylophone group, a Guatemalan/Mexican marimba ensemble, and an experimental music ensemble. The group has premiered many new works, including three such premieres at its PASIC 2003 showcase concert. In sum, these ensembles explore the diverse world of percussion music from the novel to the sublime.
Chamber Percussion Ensembles
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World Percussion Ensembles
Brian Justison, Director
The World Percussion Ensemble provides students with the opportunity to explore playing techniques and rhythms from around the world with a special emphasis on African and Afro-Caribbean music. In addition to offering authentic world music performances, the group's interest in combining elements of western and non-western music has given rise to an eclectic mix of jazz, pop, and world music that has engaged audiences throughout the region. The group’s first CD, Latin Jazz Project, received a laudable review in Percussive Notes (December 2006). The group’s latest release, Global Perspectives, is now available at First Step Records.
World Percussion Ensembles
 
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