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About Our Choirs

A tradition of choral excellence has long been a part of Millikin's history. With more than 300 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 college years. In addition to their own performance schedule choirs have opportunities to perform together for large-scale choral/orchestral works in the spring. All participate together for Vespers, the largest single event on Millikin's campus drawing 7,000 people annually. Recordings of the choirs may be purchased through First Step Records, Millikins' student led label.

University Choir

Brad Holmes, Conductor

The flagship of the Millikin choral fleet, the University Choir features 45 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 also toured internationally to Ireland, Scotland, England, China, Taiwan, Haiti, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic and most recently to the Baltic countries of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The Millikin University Choir has gained national recognition, due in part to six invitations to perform at national and regional conferences of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). Their performances have fostered new conversations in response to their approach to tone, style and programming.  The choir has seven recordings on Millikin's FirstStep Records label.

Collegiate Chorale

Guy Forbes, Conductor

The Collegiate 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's FirstStep Records label.

Millikin Women

Beth Holmes, Conductor

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.

Millikin Men

Brad Holmes, Conductor

The 50-voice Millikin Men is a campus favorite whether singing the national anthem at sporting events or performing their annual St. Patrick's Day concert.  The choir sings a broad range of repertoire from classical to rock-apella.  Many non-music majors find time to sing in the ensemble which rehearses twice a week.

How may I sing in a choir?

Any Millikin University student can audition for a choir.  Contact Dr. Brad Holmes for more information.

 

Choral Concert Calendar

Friday, September 16                      

6:00 pm

Choral Concertino

Collegiate Chorale & Tudor Voices - Guy Forbes, Conductor

Millikin Women – Beth Holmes, Conductor

Millikin Men – Brad Holmes, Conductor

Central Christian Church

650 W William

 

Sunday, September 18                     

7:30 pm

Millikin High School Vocal Festival

Festival Opening Concert

Collegiate Chorale – Guy Forbes, Conductor

Millkin Women – Beth Holmes, Conductor

Millikin Men – Brad Holmes, Conductor

One Voice – Steve Widenhofer, Director

Westminster Presbyterian Church

1360 W Main

 

Monday, September 19        

4:30 pm

High School Vocal Festival

Festival Finale Concert

University Choir, Brad Holmes, Conductor

Festival Choir, Guy Forbes, Beth Holmes and Brad Holmes, Conductors

Kirkland Fine Arts Center

 

Sunday, October  2  

2:00 pm

Homecoming Concert

University Choir and UC Alumni - Brad Holmes, Conductor

Central Christian Church

650 W William

 

Sunday, October 23             

2:00 pm

Fall Choral Concert

Collegiate Chorale – Guy Forbes, Conductor

Millikin Women – Beth Holmes, Conductor

Central Christian Church

650 W William

 

Sunday, October 23             

4:00 pm

Fall Choral Concert             

Millikin Men and University Choir – Brad Holmes, Conductor

Central Christian Church

650 W William

 

Saturday, December 3                     

2:00 & 7:30 pm

Sunday, December 4                        

2:00 & 7:30 pm

Vespers at Millikin

Kirkland Fine Arts Center

 

January 11-22

Southeastern US Tour

University Choir - Brad Holmes, Conductor

 

January 16-21

Regional Tour

Collegiate Chorale – Guy Forbes, Conductor

 

Sunday, Janaury 22 

7:30 pm

Tour Finale Concert

Collegiate Chorale – Guy Forbes, Conductor

Central Christian Church

650 W William

 

Sunday, January 29 

3:00 pm

Tour Finale Concert

University Choir – Brad Holmes, Conductor

St Patrick’s Church

407 E Eldorado

 

Monday, March 20  

6:00 & 7:30 pm

Celtic Concert

Millikin Men - Brad Holmes, Conductor

Gorin Hall – Millikin University

 

April 7-9

Regional Tour

Millikin Women – Beth Holmes, Conductor

 

Tuesday, April 11     

7:30 pm

Lenten Concert        

University Choir and Collegiate Chorale – Guy Forbes, Conductor

Central Christian Church

650 W William

 

Sunday, April 30      

2:00 pm

Spring Concert                     

Collegiate Chorale - Guy Forbes, Conductor

Millikin Men – Brad Holmes, Conductor

Central Christian Church

650 W William

 

Sunday, May 7         

2:00 pm

Mothers and Mentors Concert

Millikin Women - Beth Holmes, Conductor

Central Christian Church

650 W William                                              

 

Sunday, May 7         

4:00 pm

Bon Voyage Concert

University Choir - Brad Holmes, Conductor         

Central Christian Church

650 W William