Welcome to EMU Vocal Ensembles

Here at EMU, we believe we have a choir for everyone. Join us! We have ensembles showing the diversity of the vocal art and if you have as little as one day a week, we want you singing. Explore the pages below to see which ensemble fits you best. 

  • EMU Choir, MUEN 131

    The acclaimed Eastern Michigan University Choir is a 50-voice auditioned mixed ensemble whose membership is selected from the finest singers across our 22,000-person campus. Whether performing a renaissance mass setting, an African American spiritual or a choral-orchestral masterwork, the choir commits itself to artistic achievement.

    Recent invited performances and accolades include:

    • 2018 Central/North Central Divisional American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Conference
    • Special performance with Andrea Bocelli and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra
    • 2018 National Honor Choir Performance at Carnegie Hall
    • 2018 Michigan Music Conference Performance
    • 2017 American Prize Finalists and the 2017 Michigan ACDA Fall Conference Performance

    In addition to the annual domestic performances, the EMU Choir has performed widely through Europe, Mexico, United Kingdom and the United States. In the spring of 2019 they will tour again through Austria, Czechia, Germany and Poland participating in the 14th International Universitas Cantat Festival in Poznan.

    From prestigious Carnegie Hall to the everyday rehearsal, the EMU Choir commits itself fully to the highest level of choral achievement.

    Rehearsals

    Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 1–2:50 p.m. Honors College Auditorium

    Watch a video of the choir. 

  • EMU Men's Choir, MUEN 135

    The EMU Men's Choir is a place for the men of the university to develop their skills as musicians and enjoy the camaraderie of other men. Its members are drawn from every major discipline on campus. Its repertoire is wide and varied, ranging from the traditional literature for male voices to arrangements of hymns, spirituals and folk songs from around the world. The ensemble will give several performances during the academic year. The Men's Choir is conducted by Brandon Johnson and occasionally performs with the University Women's Choir.

    Rehearsals: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 4–4:50 p.m.

    No audition is necessary. All are welcome!

  • EMU Women's Choir, MUEN 134

    The EMU Women’s Choir is a place for the treble singers of the university to develop their skills as musicians and enjoy the camaraderie of others. Its members are drawn from every major discipline on campus. The repertoire is wide and varied, ranging from the traditional literature for treble voices to arrangements of hymns, spirituals and folk songs from around the world. The ensemble performs individually and with the other ensembles on campus. Most recently, the Women’s Choir was the featured treble chorus in Michigan Opera Theater’s 2017 performance of the Nutcracker at the Detroit Opera House, as well as the 2018 DSO French Fest performance of Debussy’s Nocturnes at Orchestra Hall. The Women's Choir is conducted by Professor Liza Maidens and will occasionally perform with the University Men's Choir.

    Rehearsals are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 4–4:50 p.m. 

    No audition is necessary. All are welcome!

    "Choir is something that keeps me grounded and I knew I was not willing to give it up when I came to college. EMU Women's Choir is such an open, accepting and inviting environment. There is a mix of music majors and non-majors and everyone gets along great! I have never felt that I was not welcome in that room. Women's Choir is truly a safe haven and a wonderful place to spend your time." — Student comment, Speech-Language Pathology, College of Education 

  • EMU Express, MUEN 177

    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, learn about microphone technique, recording issues and soundboard basics. The conductor is Liza Calisesi Maidens. The class meets Tuesday 5–7 p.m. You can check in with us on our Facebook page. 
  • Inspirati

    Inspirati is a new chamber ensemble focusing its attention on vocal/ instrumental collaborations. The members of Inspirati are selected from the finest players in the Department of Music. We seek to perform, at the highest level, the repertoire highlighting these forces and we look forward to opportunities. This academic year, performances are scheduled with the Men's Choir and Women's Choir. Inspirati will join the Chamber Choir in its extended tour of the East Coast with concerts in CT, MD, MI, NJ, NY, OH and PA. 
  • Opera Workshop, MUEN 448

    A course designed for students wishing to grow as stage performers. MUEN 448 Opera Workshop offers students the opportunity to study stage acting, movement and character development within the sphere of musical performance. The fall semester typically involves students perfecting shorter scenes, while in the spring semester a performance of a short opera or comparable project is planned.

Hear Us! Visit the EMU EMU Choral Program Youtube channel.

Student Organizations and Chapters

We want our students to be engaged with professional organizations from the beginning of their academic careers so students can begin to get a feel for what their future careers will like. Through these organizations students will meet other students who will become their colleagues for years to come. Each organization offers a wide array of services and mentorship programs.

  • American Choral Directors Association

    Founded in 1959, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is a nonprofit music-education organization whose central purpose is to promote excellence in choral music through performance, composition, publication, research and teaching. In addition, ACDA strives through arts advocacy to elevate choral music's position in American society.

    Membership and Benefits

    Members of the EMU Student Chapter are an eclectic mix of majors, from linguistics to organ performance to choral music—all are here to learn about choral music in all its forms. Anyone with an interest in choral music is welcome to attend meetings.

    The Student Chapter's mission is to create opportunities for all students to explore and learn more about choral music outside of the normal choral activities and curriculum; promote ACDA membership and participation; provide additional support to the EMU Choral Music Department; and to promote choral music at EMU.

    To get full membership benefits, we encourage everyone to become a ACDA member. Student membership costs only $35 dollars a year. Benefits include:

    • ACDA newsletter—a great source of wisdom from choral directors in the field
    • Access to all archived newsletters from the past 50 years
    • Discounts at conferences and workshops
    • Being part of the largest professional choral network in the country 

    Activities and Events

    • Guest lectures and masterclasses
    • Reading and listening sessions to share and discover new choral repertoire
    • Providing host duties for the EMU choral events
    • Attending ACDA conferences and workshops
    • Group concert trips
  • NAfME

    National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.

    Since 1907, NAfME has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. NAfME’s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education.

  • Student Chapters and Other links

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