The choral program at EKU features two large ensembles and a chamber choir. The choirs sing a wide range of repertoire from various styles and time periods. In recent years, EKU choral students have appeared at Carnegie Hall (2013), completed an eight-day tour of Ireland (2015), performed at the KMEA state conference in Louisville (2016), toured Washington, D.C. (2017), and have had the opportunity to collaborate with world-renowned musicians including Jeffery Ames, Ola Gjeilo, Jeffery Redding, Jake Runestad, Timothy Takach, and Tesfa Wondemagegnehu. Recent notable works include Bach's Cantata 150, Brahms' A German Requiem, Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb, Haydn's Kleine Orgelmesse, Mahler's Symphony No. 2, Orff's Carmina Burana, Rutter's Requiem, Thompson's Frostiana, and Vaughan Williams' In Windsor Forest. Students with experience singing in high school, college, community, or church choral programs are encouraged to participate in the choirs at EKU regardless of academic major.
Auditions for Chamber Singers and University Singers are held during the first two days of the fall semester in Foster 104. A prepared piece is not necessary. You will be asked to sing "My Country 'Tis of Thee," will be vocalized to determine your range, and will be asked to demonstrate sight-reading, interval, and tonal memory skills. The audition lasts approximately 10 minutes. Participation in Concert Choir does not require an audition. Simply register for the course and we'll see you at the first rehearsal.
For more information about the EKU Choirs, email Dr. Richard Waters, Director of Choral Activities.