Choirs

Virtual Vespers

In light of the necessity of our social distancing, the EMU Choirs and Dr. Brandon Johnson offer the Virtual Vespers. This virtual choir experience is open to all who wish to make music. Musicians who wish to participate will record themselves singing various movements of the Rachmaninoff All Night Vigil. We will then compile them and create a video using all of the pre-recorded singers.  For detailed information on the project please visit our Virtual Vespers webpage or like our Facebook Page.

Virtual Vespers


EMU Choir Auditions 2020-2021

The EMU Choir auditions will be held in the fall just before classes begin.  To learn more about the audition process please visit the audition page.  We are looking forward to another exciting year of music making.  More detailed information will be posted on the auditions page once we know the schedule. All student who are interested should register for the course and plan to audition in the fall.  If you are also interested in either Men's Choir or Women's Choir too, please register for both ensembles and then we can drop/add as needed.


2020 EMU Choir West Coast Tour

The renowned Eastern Michigan University Choir embarks on its first-ever performance tour of the West Coast. Visit the EMU Choir home page to learn more. Come and hear a concert near you!


Singing At Eastern Michigan University

The School of Music & Dance believe 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 experiences for everyone. All are welcome regardless of past singing experience or major. We will learn and grow together along your musical journey. Please visit our EMU Choir Youtube channel for recent recordings and to hear from Dr. Johnson about the choral program.

Explore which ensemble will fit you best. Are you interested in learning more about private voice study? Please visit the voice web page. Please direct all questions to Dr. Brandon Johnson, director of choral activities. 


2020 Guest Artist Program

Collaboration is at the heart of what we do! Each year the Eastern Michigan Choral program invites the nation's finest conductors and composers to work with our students. In recent years, EMU students have worked with Jake Runestad, Dr. Bruce Chamberlain, Dr. Jerry Blackstone, Stacey Gibbs, Dr. Kevin Fenton, Dr. Daniel Bara, Dr. Lee Nelson, Dr. Kristina MacMullen and many others.


Learn more about the EMU Choral Program

  • Who sings with the Eastern Michigan Choral Program?

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    • All musicians welcome, non-music majors and music majors alike
    • Student athletes
    • Actors and members of the theatre department
    • Members of student government and residence life
    • Members of the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band and Orchestra
    • You!
  • From the Director

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    Singing is for everyone. Regardless of major, we want you to keep singing in your life. We have a wide variety of ensembles to fit your life and hope you'll join one of our choral ensembles.

    We are offering a new scholarship program to help you keep singing. The money is for non-music majors who sing for both semesters during the 2019–2020 academic year in the Men's or Women's Choir. You can visit with your conductor about the funds once the semester begins. No need to apply until second semester. Join now!

    • MUEN 134 Women's Choir
    • MUEN 135 Men's Choir
  • Mission Statement

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    The mission of the EMU choral department is to provide opportunities for students that will lead to a lifelong passion for artistry in choral music.

    At Eastern Michigan University we seek to help twenty-first century musicians connect with composers, past and present. We believe that helping students gain artistic skills that lead to a lifetime of appreciation and understanding will enrich their lives, regardless of their selected field of study. To put it another way...We believe that music can change the lives of those who dedicate themselves to its detailed study.

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