Eastern Michigan University

College of Arts and Sciences

Music & Dance

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Upcoming Events

 

 

Prospective Student opportunities:
  • Vocal Arts Festival, October 25
  • Young Conductor's Symposium, November 7
  • Invitational Choral Festival, March 7 2015

 

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Vocal Ensembles

At Eastern Michigan University we have an ensemble for you!  We believe that singing is a life-long adventure and we want you singing throughout your collegiate career.  Our goal is to provide a wide variety of ensemble experiences that will broaden and deepen your perspective.   Music and singing are experience for everyone.  All are welcome regardless of past singing experience or major. We will learn and grow together along your musical journey.  To explore which ensemble will fit you best, please click on the links.  Please direct all questions to Dr. Brandon Johnson, Director of Choral Activities

 

Large Ensembles

CHAMBER CHOIR

The Eastern Michigan University Chamber Choir is a 50 voice auditioned mixed ensemble whose membership embodies EMU's diversity with all majors invited. Whether preforming a renaissance mass setting, a baroque motet or an African American spiritual, the choir delights in well-crafted choral music. We provide concerts filled with the diversity of the choral repertoire and frequently perform the major master-works of the choral orchestral repertoire. Embracing modern composers, the ensemble has worked directly with Samuel Adler, John Corigliano, Mack Wilberg, Anthony Iannaccone, Stephen Paulus and Libby Larsen. With a commitment to community engagement and performance beyond the boundaries of campus, the ensemble regularly travels. Chamber Choir has toured throughout its long history with performance across Europe, Mexico and the United States. From Carnegie Hall to high school classrooms the Chamber Choir commits itself to the highest level of artistry. During the 2014-15 academic year, Chamber Choir will be touring the east coast with performances in MD, MI, NJ, NY, OH and PA.

Rehearsals: Mon., Wed., Fri. 1:00-3:00 p.m., Room 109, Alexander Music Building

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UNIVERSITY MEN'S CHOIR

University Men's Choir MUSC 131 The EMU University Men's Choir is a non-auditioned ensemble for singers of all abilities. This ensemble will give musicians the opportunity to sing in gender specific ensembles and come together to for a larger mixed choir experience. It is desired that students sign up for an audition time to meet and visit with Dr. Johnson. The University Men's Choir will encourage a love for singing while building skills in literacy, rehearsal techniques and singing. Rehearsals: Monday & Wednesday 3:00-3:50 PM Room 109 Alexander Music Building.

Rehearsals: Mon & Wed 3:00-4:00 p.m., Room 109, Alexander Music Building

UNIVERSITY WOMEN'S CHOIR

University Women's Choir MUSC 131 The EMU University Choir is a non-auditioned ensemble for singers of all abilities. This ensemble will give musicians the opportunity to sing in gender specific ensembles and come together to for a larger mixed choir experience. It is desired that students sign up for an audition time to meet and visit with Dr. Johnson. The University Women's Choir will encourage a love for singing while building skills in literacy, rehearsal techniques and singing. Rehearsals: Tuesday & Thursday 3:00-3:50 PM Room 109 Alexander Music Building.

Rehearsals: Tue & Thu 3:00-4:00 p.m., Room 109, Alexander Music Building

Small Ensembles

Chamber ensembles will teach the important skills of chamber music and will focus on the salient style features that are unique to each vocal genre. You must be registered for a major ensemble to participate in chamber music opportunities. If you are interested in any of the vocal chamber music ensembles please contact Dr. Brandon Johnson.

CONDUCTOR'S CHOIR

The conductor's choir gives all students regardless of degree track the opportunity to conduct live ensembles on a weekly basis. No prior experience is required for participation; rather the intention is to help students grow through experience and opportunity. All students interested in conducting of any type are welcome. The Conductor's Choir may also serve as the performing ensemble for graduate conducting recitals.

OPERA WORKSHOP

The opera workshop experience helps train students as singing actors and provides performance opportunities through scene work and full productions.

EMU EXPRESS

Focuses on teaching musicians the techniques important in vocal jazz, contemporary a cappella, barbershop and other more modern forms of chamber vocal music. In addition to musical techniques, students will learn about microphone technique, recording issues and soundboard basics.

ANCIENT ECHOES

This ensemble will focus on instrumental and vocal chamber music from medieval through romantic periods. Students will focus on style features appropriate for each genre. These opportunities will be offered based on student interest and available class-time.

 

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