The EKU Choirs offer a variety of singing opportunities for both music majors and non-majors. 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 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.
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. 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. Rehearsals: Tue/Thu, 3:30-4:45 PM
University Singers is the premier choral ensemble at EKU. This 32-36 voice choir presents several major concerts throughout the year and frequently performs with the Lexington Philharmonic. In 2017, University Singers released their first recording, Unclouded Day, available on Amazon, Apple Music, Spotify, and all EKU choir concerts. Membership is by audition. 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.