EMU Choir

Conducted by Brandon Johnson, the Eastern Michigan University Choir is an auditioned-mixed ensemble whose membership embodies EMU's diversity, with all majors invited. Whether performing in a renaissance mass setting, a baroque motet or an African American spiritual, the choir delights in well-crafted music. We provide concerts filled with the diversity of the choral repertoire and frequently perform the major master-works of the choral orchestral repertoire.

EMU Choir

Learn more about the EMU Choir

  • Choir Tours

    The Eastern's vocal ensembles embark on various outings each season. In recent years, the EMU Choir toured throughout the U.S. and the United Kingdom. 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.

    Recent Tour History

    • 2018 Conferences Regional Tour
      • Michigan American Choral Directors Association Conference - Kalamazoo, MI (Oct. 28, 2017)
      • Andrea Bocelli and Detroit Symphony Orchestra Concert (Dec. 3, 2018)
      • Michigan Music Conference - Grand Rapids, MI (Jan. 25, 2018)
      • Central/ North Central American Choral Directors Association - Chicago, IL (Feb. 15, 2018)
      • EMU Home Concert - Ypsilanti, MI (March 2, 2018)
      • National Honor Choir at Carnegie Hall - New York, NY (March 26, 2018)
    • 2017 Southern US Tour (MI, OH, NC, FL, GA, AL, MS and MO)
    • 2016 International Tour (United Kingdom)
    • 2016 Great Lakes Tour (MI, OH, IA)
    • 2015 Northeastern US Tour (MI, OH, PA, NY and MD)

    Collaborate With Us!

    Please contact emu_choirs@emich.edu regarding inquiries for collaborative music making.

  • Repertoire

    At EMU we recognize that choosing a balanced and diverse concert program is the hallmark of any fine performance. Furthermore, that it is necessary for students of music to become proficient in the salient style features of all vocal music ranging from medieval chant to modern avant-garde music. Here at EMU we strive to provide both audiences and students positive, exciting, meaningful concert programs that add to their lives on a consistent basis. Below we have listed our most recent concert for your consideration.

    2017 Tour Concert

    • I. The Transforming Face of Love and Charity
      • Let My Love Be Heard - Jake Runestad
      • Ubi Caritas (Chant)
      • Ubi Caritas - Maurice Durufle
    • II. The Evolution of Praise
      • Cantate Domino - Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
      • Singet dem Herrn - Johnann Sebastion Bach
    • III. Influence and Transformation
      • Si Choi Vorrire - Claudio Monteverdi
      • Leonardo Dreams - Eric Whitacre
      • Flight Song - Kim Andrew Arnesen
        (Intermission)
    • IV. Common Aspiration New Inspiration
      • Nunc Dimittis - Giovanni Palestrina
      • Nunc Dimittis - Alexander Gretchaninoff
      • Nunc Dimittis - Arvo Part
    • V. Songs of Love, Wonder and Hope
      • Songs of Love Wonder and Hope - Brandon Johnson * (World Premiere)
        • Spring and Hope
        • Except You
        • Tonight Eternity Alone
        • Shine
      • Unclouded Day - Sean Kirchner
      • Witness - Jack Halloran

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