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.
Michael Engelhardt, Conductor
Michael Engelhardt (MM Choral Conducting) is the conductor of Millikin Men. He was born and raised in Woodstock, Illinois, and holds degrees from Millikin University and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Michael has conducted numerous choral, pop, and vocal jazz ensembles throughout his career at such institutions as the University of Northern Iowa, Hannibal-LaGrange College, Alderson Broaddus University, Willow Creek Community Church, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and Millikin University. He is currently the Worship Arts Director at First Christian Church in Decatur, Illinois, where he oversees a vibrant arts program that includes a volunteer choir, band, technical arts, and a semi-professional chamber ensemble called Vocasphere. He and his churchstaff will collaborate to launch a Worship Arts Academy in the Fall of 2013. As a composer and songwriter, his work is primarily published by Walton Music and Willow Creek Association. His music has been performed and recorded recently by such groups as Cantus and Chapter 6,and has been featured on numerous ACDA and All-State programs by college and high school choirs. He has shared the stage with pop music legends such as Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five, NBC's The Sing-Off), Kerry Livgren (Kansas), and Abraham Laboriel, Sr. (bass player for Stevie Wonder, Elton John, and Michael Jackson).