Ensembles

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), and toured West Virginia, Virginia, and Washington, DC (2017). 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. 

UNIVERSITY SINGERS
University Singers is the premier choral ensemble at EKU. This 36-voice choir presents several major concerts throughout the year and frequently performs with the Lexington Philharmonic. Membership is by audition.
Rehearsals: Mon/Wed/Fri, 2:30-4:25 PM
MUS 226/426/826

NEW FOR 2019-2020! 
Concert Choir has been divided into two separate, non-auditioned ensembles based on voice type:

SOPRANO-ALTO CHOIR (new name TBA)
Choral ensemble of soprano/mezzo/alto voices open to all students. Rehearsal and performance of choral repertoire from various styles and eras.
Rehearsals: Tue/Thu, 2:00-3:15 PM
MUS 225/425/825 (same course number as below; be sure to register for the correct rehearsal time)

TENOR-BASS CHOIR (new name TBA)
Choral ensemble of tenor/baritone/bass voices open to all students. Rehearsal and performance of choral repertoire from various styles and eras.
Rehearsals: Tue/Thu, 3:30-4:45 PM
MUS 225/425/825 (same course number as above; be sure to register for the correct rehearsal time)

These choirs do not require an audition. Simply register for MUS 225/425 (be sure to register for the correct rehearsal time) and we'll see you at the first rehearsal.


MAJOR WORKS (since 2011)
Bach - Cantata 150
Bernstein - Chichester Psalms
Brahms - A German Requiem
Britten - Rejoice in the Lamb
Haydn - Kleine Orgelmesse
* Mahler- Symphony No. 2
* Orff - Carmina Burana
* Ravel - Daphnis et Chloe (Suite 2)
Rutter - Requiem
Thompson - Frostiana
* Vaughan Williams - Five Mystical Songs
Vaughan Williams - In Windsor Forest
* Verdi - Requiem

* performed with the Lexington Philharmonic and other area choirs


COMMISSIONED WORKS
Ola Gjeilo - Genesis (2013)
Andrew Miller - Prayer to St. Michael (2018)
Jake Runestad - The Winnowing (2015)
* Charles Anthony Silvestri - Each Morning She Walks (2017)
* Timothy Takach - The Longest Nights (2016)

* part of a commissioning consortium


VISITING ARTISTS
Our students have extraordinary opportunities to collaborate with world-renowned musicians:
Tesfa Wondemagegnehu (2016)
Jake Runestad (2015)
Jeffery Redding (2014)
Ola Gjeilo (2013)
Jeffery Ames (2012)
Marc Ashley Foster (2012)
Timothy Takach (2010)
Christopher Gabbitas (2008)

OTHER VOCAL OPPORTUNITIES AT EKU:

EKos
EKU Opera