The Eastern Michigan University Choir is one of the most active and accomplished choral ensembles in the Midwest. They have proven their excellence with four invited performances alongside Andrea Bocelli, performance tours across the United States and Europe, multiple invited performances for the American Choral Directors Association, and recognition as a finalist for the American Prize for Choral Performance. This ensemble operates at the highest level of artistic excellence.

About Us

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 art music for advanced choral ensembles.

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

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.
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.

Conductor, Brandon Johnson, DMA Choral Conducting University of Arizona

Pianist, Stephen Lynn, MM Piano Performance, Eastern Michigan University


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

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


Merrick Breckler  2025- Music Education   Farmer, OH

Sean Ryan  2025- Music    Northport, NY

Jack Tabor  2027- Exploratory   Ypsilanti, MI


Connor Eilers  2026- Music Education   Canton, MI

Nicolas Guzman  2025- Music Performance  Clinton, MI

Christopher Studnicki 2025- Music Education   Canton, M

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Our Albums

The Road Home
Wade in the Water

Released in 2024 The Road Home is a compilation of recently composed choral art music, featuring three winners of the EMU Choral Composition Competition.

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Released in 2024 Wade in the Water is a collection of Spirituals and Folk Songs.

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Released in 2019 the Candlelight Concert is a collection of music performed at the Holiday Candlelight Concert. 

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Released in 2019 Lux Aeterna is a diverse collection of choral art music ranging from Tomas Victoria to Moses Hogan. 

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My Singing Soul
Only the Wonder

Released in 2017 My Singing Soul is a diverse collection of modern choral music which included a set of compositions from Conductor Brandon Jonson. 

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Released in 2015 Only the Wonder is a diverse collection of choral art music from Bach to Eric Whitacre. 


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