About Our Choirs

A tradition of choral excellence has long been a part of Millikin's history. With more than 200 singers, the choral program now includes four traditional choirs led by a nationally recognized staff of conductors. Music majors and non-majors alike count their choral experience as among the most profound during their college years. In addition to their own performance schedule choirs have opportunities to perform together for large-scale choral/orchestral works in the spring. All participate together for Vespers, the largest single event on Millikin's campus drawing 6,500 people annually. Recordings of the choirs may be purchased through First Step Records, Millikins' student led label.

University Choir

Brad Holmes, Conductor

The flagship of the Millikin choral fleet, the University Choir features 45 upper-class students from a variety of majors. Membership in the choir places high demands on students who travel extensively throughout the United States representing the university in a variety of settings. In recent years, the choir has also toured internationally throughout the United Kingdom, the Baltic States of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, China, Taiwan, Haiti, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic and most recently to Spain. The Millikin University Choir has gained national recognition, due in part to six invitations to perform at national and regional conferences of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). Their performances have fostered new conversations in response to their approach to tone, style and programming. The choir has seven recordings on Millikin's FirstStep Records label.

Collegiate Chorale

Benjamin Hawkinson, Conductor

The Collegiate Chorale is a 60 voice, upper-class mixed ensemble of a variety of majors. This ensemble performs music from a diverse selection of cultures, regions, and historical periods. With a focus on community music making, each January the choir tours regionally collaborating with local high schools. The Collegiate Chorale performs can be seen performing in the Millikin Vespers in Decemeber, and in large scale choral-orchestral works in the Spring. 

The Millikin Women

Beth Holmes, Conductor

Millikin Women has a long-standing tradition of excellence at Millikin University. This ensemble is a select group of 65 singers and is known for singing a wide range of choral repertoire in many musical styles. Including all four classes and singers from many majors, they have traveled and performed with high school and college women’s choirs across the 4-state area each spring. In addition, Millikin Women sing in the Millikin Christmas Vespers and presents their annual “Mothers and Mentors” concert in May.

Millikin Men

Brad Holmes, Conductor

The 50-voice Millikin Men is a campus favorite whether singing the national anthem at sporting events or performing their annual St. Patrick's Day concert. The choir sings a broad range of repertoire from classical to rock-apella. Many non-music majors find time to sing in the ensemble which rehearses twice a week.

How may I sing in a choir?

Any Millikin University student can audition for a choir. Contact Dr. Brad Holmes for more information. bholmes@millikin.edu

Choral Concertino
Sunday, September 26
7:30 pm
Free Admission
Central Christian Church
650 W. William

All four Millikin Choirs offer a short program to start the year.
 

Millikin Choirs Alumni Concert
Saturday, October 2
3:00 pm
Free Admission
Central Christian Church
650 W. William

Alumni from all Millikin choirs join to reestablish the culture and traditions of the MU choral program.  University Choir presents its first extended concert of the year while the Alumni Choir completes the program. 

 
Fall Choral Concerts I & II
Sunday, October 24
Concert I (Collegiate Chorale and Millikin Women)
4:00 pm

Concert II (University Choir and Millikin Men)
6:00 pm

Free Admission
Central Christian Church
650 W. William

The first full-length concert of the semester, each of the choirs provides a program of varied choral literature from a broad range of cultures and histories.


Vespers
Saturday, December 4
2:00 AND 7:30

Sunday, December 5
2:00 AND 7:30    

$15/10

Millikin’s most beloved event returns signaling the beginning of the holiday season with a sumptuous evening of carols, choirs and candlelight. Over 200 musicians join together for this joyous musical feast.  Songs from past centuries combined with familiar carols and arrangements create an evening of seasonal warmth for the whole family.
 

Collegiate Chorale Tour Finale
Sunday, January 23
7:30 pm

Free-will offering will be taken
Central Christian Church
650 W William

The conclusion of a 4-day tour across the region.


University Choir Tour Finale
Sunday, January 30
2:00 pm          

Free-will offering will be taken
St Patrick Church
407 E. Eldorado Street

The University Choir at its finest following a two-week domestic tour. 
 

Millikin Men Celtic Salute
Thursday, March 10
6:00 pm AND 8:00 pm
Concert Location TBA

From ancient chants to pub songs the Millikin Men are joined by the University Choir in a rollicking concert of old and new Celtic music.

 

Mother’s and Mentor’s Concert
Sunday, May 1
2:00 pm
Free Admission

Central Christian Church
650 W. William

The Millikin Women’s choir is joined by family and community members who have had a lasting influence on their lives for this final concert of the season.


Spring Sing
Sunday, May 1
6:00 pm
Free Admission

Central Christian Church
650 W. William

The final concert of the year featuring lighter fare performed by Millikin Men, Collegiate Chorale and University Choir.