The EKU Choirs offer an active, vibrant program with a variety of singing and educational opportunities for students of all academic majors.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 (2016, 2021, 2022), toured West Virginia, Virginia, and 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 Cantatas 150 and 158, Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, 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 Verdi's Requiem. 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.
EKU Choirs website
Founded in 2019, EnChor is a non-auditioned ensemble of soprano/mezzo/alto voices open to all students. Members of EnChor represent a variety of academic majors from across campus. Director: Dr. Jill Campbell | Rehearsals: Tue/Thu, 2:00-3:15 PM
Founded in 2019, Koros is a non-auditioned ensemble of tenor/baritone/bass voices open to all students. Members of Koros represent a variety of academic majors from across campus. Director: Dr. Richard Waters | Rehearsals: Tue/Thu, 3:30-4:45 PM
University Singers is the premier choral ensemble at EKU. They present several major concerts throughout the year and frequently perform with the Lexington Philharmonic. Their second album, Sing with Me, is available on Amazon, Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify, and at all EKU choir concerts. Membership is by audition. Director: Dr. Richard Waters | Rehearsals: Mon/Wed/Fri, 2:30-4:25 PM
Auditions for 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 EnChor or Koros 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.