EMU Choir


Choir Biography

The internationally acclaimed Eastern Michigan University Choir is a highly select auditioned ensemble comprised of students from across the university, most of whom are music majors whose principal area is voice study. They maintain a rigorous rehearsal and performance schedule and focus predominantly on choral art music for advanced choral ensembles.

With its tradition spanning back to 1854, singing at EMU has a long tradition of musical excellence. Under the direction of Dr. Johnson recent activities have included two European Concert Tours, two performances with Grammy-nominated tenor, Andrea Bocelli, 2018 Carnegie Hall Performance, 2018 Central/ North Central American Choral Directors Association Conference, 2018 Michigan Music Conference, 2017 Michigan ACDA State Conference, finalist in the American Prize and the release of four recordings in the past six artistic seasons.

How To Join

EMU Choir requires an audition. When/if invited to the “Final Call-back,” students will meet, on the first day of class, with all students invited to the Auditioned Ensembles call-back to determine which section they will participate in for that year. Please sign up for an audition slot using this online scheduler. You can find the current CRN if you search the catalog for MUEN 131L, EMU Choir Section.


Mission Statement

The Eastern Michigan University EMU Choir proudly commit to an unwavering pursuit of artistry and excellence in choral music. We foster an environment of care for each musician and we value commitment, consistency and perseverance; all of which lead to artistic achievement. Beyond technical facility, we believe that transformative musical experiences require a connection of the poetry and the composer’s expression to 21st century students.



The Eastern Michigan University Choir embarks on performance tours each season. In recent years, the EMU Choir toured throughout the U.S. and Austria, England, Germany, Czechia, Poland, Scotland & Wales. Many times, the ensemble collaborates with high schools and offers a masterclass as well as a joint concert to provide a collegiate level experience to high school students.


EMU Choir Touring Schedule

2023-2024 Michgian
2022-2023 Italy Tour (Assisi, Arezzo, Bologna, Cinque Tera, Florence, Perugia, Rome, Venice)
2021-2022 Alaska Tour
2020-2021 Canceled due to COVID
2019-2020 West Coast Tour
2018–19 Great Lakes and International Tour (Austria, Czechia, Germany & Poland)
2017–18 Carnegie Hall, ACDA Regional, ACDA State, Michigan Music Conference
2016–17 South East
2015-2016 Midwest & International (England, Scotland, Wales)
2014-2015 Eastern USA
Please visit our Choir Touring Page for the most up-to-date concert information


  • Musicians

    Expand dropdown

    Soprano 1

    Emily Beggs  2025- Music Education   Canton, MI

    Rachel Mah  2026- Vocal Performance  Fenton, MI

    Sophia Merkle  2027- Psychology   Saline, MI

    Zoe Spencer  2024- Music Education   Escanaba, MI

    Soprano 2

    Elizabeth Clark  2025- Music    Pinkney, MI

    Catherine Lietz  2024- Music Performance  Buchanan, MI

    Alyssa Malbon  2024- Music Education   Canton, MI

    Jennifer O’Neal  2025- MM Conducting   Ypsilanti, MI

    Kaylee Stokely  2024- Music Education   Jackson, MI

    Nicole Wills  2025- MM Conducting   Fairbanks, AK


    Alto 1

    Hannah Berberoglu 2025- Interior Design    Ypsilanti, MI

    Olivia Kissner  2026- Music Therapy   Defiance, OH

    Nicole Mroczek  2024- Music Education   Mattawan, MI

    Eleanor Myers  2026- MM Conducting   Detroit, MI

    Sarah Jerica Sales 2026- Music Education   Woodhaven, MI

    Alto 2

    Mavis Clawson  2025- Music Education   Parma, MI

    Katelyn Dunn  2026- Music Education   Canton, MI

    Julia Tully  2025- Social Work   Wyandotte, MI

    Vivian Vargas  2025- Exploratory   Adrian, MI

    Daniela Walbridge 2026- Music Education   Ann Arbor, MI

    Emma Willerup  2024- Music Education   Cockeysville, MD

    Tenor 1

    Matthew Cook  2024- Music    Martin, TN

    Anthony Davis  2023- Music Education   Milford, MI

    Ben Ward  2026- Music Education   Marine City, MI

    Tenor 2

    Jonathan Bias  2027- Theatre    Rossford, OH

    Troy Birdsong  2024- Music Education   Ypsilanti, MI

    Victor Ross  2026- Music Therapy   Ypsilanti, MI

    Phillip Solis  2024- Computer Science   Harper Woods, MI

    Verick Von Buskirk 2027- Music    Brighton, MI


    Christopher Berlongieri  2027- Music Performance  Ann Arbor, MI

    King David Obiji  2027- Music    Nwka, AN

    Sean Ryan  2025- Music    Northport, NY

    Jack Tabor  2027- Exploratory   Ypsilanti, MI


    Merrick Breckler  2025- Music Education   Farmer, OH

    Connor Eilers  2026- Music Education   Canton, MI

    Nicolas Guzman  2025- Music Performance  Clinton, MI

    Christopher Studnicki 2025- Music Education   Canton, M

  • Available Recordings and Media Material

    Expand dropdown
    To purchase recordings, download pictures, videos, press-releases, past concert programs, and recording information, please visit our Press & Media Page.

Follow us on Social Media

Skip Section Navigation