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

 

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 December, and in large scale choral-orchestral works in the Spring. 

Treble Choir

 

Treble Choir 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, Treble choir sing in the Millikin Christmas Vespers and presents their annual “Mothers and Mentors” concert in May.

True Blue Chorale

 

The 50-voice True Blue Chorale 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. Ben Hawkinson for more information, bhawkinson@millikin.edu

Vocal Festival Concert

Collegiate Chorale, Treble Choir, True Blue Chorale, & One Voice

Sunday, September 25th

7:00pm

Free Admission

Westminster Presbyterian Church

Festival Finale

University Choir

Monday, September 26th

4:30pm 

Free Admission

KFAC 

Millikin Choirs Alumni Concert

Saturday, October 8th

3:00pm

Free Admission

Central Christian Church 

Alumni from all the Millikin choirs will join in community and song! University Choir presents it's first extended concert of the year while the Alumni Choir completes the program.

Fall Choral Concerts I & II

Sunday, October 23rd

Concert I at 4:00pm   Concert II at 6:00pm  

Free Admission

Collegiate Chorale & Treble Choir

Central Christian Church

Vespers

Saturday, December 3rd  &  Sunday, December 4th

2:00pm & 7:30pm

KFAC

Collegiate Choral Tour Finale

Sunday, January 29th

7:30pm

Central Christian Church

650 W. William

University Choir Tour Finale

Sunday, January 29th

2:00pm

St Patrick Church

407 E. Eldorado

Millikin's Celtic Salute

Wednesday, March 15th 

7:30pm


Albert Taylor Hall

Tickets $10  Available at KFAC Ticket Office (424-6318) or online

The Millikin choirs pair with the Broken Brogue Irish band for a boisterious evening of Celtic music.

 

Mother’s and Mentor’s Concert


Sunday, April 30th


2:00 pm


Free Admission

Central Christian Church
650 W. William

The Treble 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, April 30th

4:00 pm

Free Admission

Central Christian Church
650 W. William

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