The Collegiate Chorale is an upper-class select mixed ensemble exploring all forms of choral music from five centuries of standard repertoire. The choir tours annually throughout the region. Recently, they were invited to perform for the Regional Conference of the American Choral Director's Association. The choir's recording From the Heart, is available on Millikin's FirstStep Records label.
Ben Hawkinson, Conductor
Dr. Ben Hawkinson is the Assistant Professor of Music at Millikin University in Decatur, IL. There, he conducts Collegiate Chorale, along with Vocal Jazz groups One Voice and Bluebop. Previously, Hawkinson served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Whittier College in Southern California where he taught the College Choir and Chamber Choir. At Texas Tech University, he was an instructor and graduate teaching assistant. There he conducted the University Choir, Matador Singers men's chorus, taught courses in vocal pedagogy, conducting, and choral techniques and conducted the world premiere of J. Todd Frasier’s opera Breath of Life. Hawkinson is an active clinician, presenter, and researcher. Recent presentations include the Texas Choral Director's Association convention on Renaissance and Baroque performance practice with accompanying teaching strategies, Arizona State University’s Freedom Conference on Music and Social Change, Northern Arizona University’s student ACDA Chapter on Time Management for teachers, and is continuing research on the vocal improvisation practices of the late Italian Renaissance. Dr. Hawkinson holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from Texas Tech University, a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College, and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Northern Arizona University.
2019 Concert Season
Friday, September 27- Choral Concertino- 6:00 p.m. - Central Christian Church
Sunday, October 27- Fall Choral Concert- 4:00 p.m.- Central Christian Church
Saturday, December 7- Vespers- 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.- Kirkland Fine Arts Center
Sunday, December 8- Vespers- 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.- Kirkland Fine Arts Center
*Vespers tickets go on sale November 5th to the general public
Sunday, January 19- Tour Finale Concert- 7:30 p.m.- Central Christian Church
Saturday, April 18- Carmina Burana Performance- 7:30 p.m.- Kirkland Fine Arts Center
Sunday, April 26- Spring Concert- 2:00 p.m.- Central Christian Church