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Choral music has always been an important part of the musical life of Methodist University. Each year, the choirs perform on campus and throughout the region and state. Ensembles are open to all students regardless of major. A person's level of involvement is dependent upon one's interest, time, and musical and vocal maturity.
One unique aspect of the MU Choral Music Program is that emphasis is placed not only on performance but also on the development of students' musical literacy. We don't just talk and wish we could become better musicians - we do something about it. The statement you will hear frequently is "We don't want you to learn this piece of music. We want you to learn the music in this piece." If you have a desire to improve your musicianship, your vocal skills, and experience some of the finest choral music ever written, then come sing with us!
Methodist University Chorale, directed by
The Chorale (pictured above) is the premier, scholarship choral ensemble of the University. The ensemble consists of approximately twenty vocalists and performs traditional/advanced choral literature from all periods. Students who have been active in choral ensembles in high school or college are encouraged to audition for this choir. In addition to its regular concert schedule, the Chorale tours each spring. Students in this group are selected through a voice placement process and earn substantial scholarships. Meeting times are arranged once membership has been determined.
Methodist University Men's Chorus ("The Noblemen", MUS 328-329) directed by
The Noblemen, Methodist University's Men's Chorus (pictured at right), is a one (1) credit ensemble and open to all men in the university community from all disciplines that love to sing and enjoy camaraderie through great music. Music from every music epoch will be performed from serious to more pop/contemporary a cappella forms. This course is offered every fall and spring semester and meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30-1:45pm. This group satisfies the fine arts requirement for the University when enrolled for a minimum of three semesters.
Methodist University Women's Chorus ("Treble Tones", MUS 386-387) directed by
The Methodist University Women's Chorus is a one (1) credit ensemble and open to all women of the University community. Student membership includes students from all disciplines that love to sing and enjoy camaraderie through great music. It is intended to provide a foundation in area of vocal technique while achieving a high standard of excellence in repertoire selected from all periods and musical styles. This course is offered every fall and spring semester and meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00-4:15pm. Additionally, this group satisfies the fine arts requirement for the University when enrolled for a minimum of three semesters.
MU students (regardless of major) are encouraged to enroll in private lessons. MU has qualified faculty members to instruct all voices regardless of gender. Please call Elizabeth Winstead or Shannon French through the department secretary at (910) 630-7100 for more information on applied vocal lessons.
For more information
Dr. Michael Martin