The Millikin University Choir


University Choir

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The flagship of the Millikin choral fleet, the University Choir features 43 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 to Spain, Ireland, Scotland, England, China, Taiwan, Haiti, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. 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 six recordings on Millikin's FirstStep Records label.



Dr. Brad Holmes, Director

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Dr. Brad Holmes is the Director of Choir Programs at Millikin University in Decatur, IL. Prior his appointment at Millikin, Dr. Holmes was Associate Director of Choirs at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. During this time at Millikin, Dr. Holmes has overseen the growth of the choral program to four traditional choirs and a variety of smaller vocal ensembles involving more than 250 students and a nationally recognized choral staff. Choirs under his direction have sung in every state but Alaska. The more than 300 festivals and workshops conducted by Dr. Holmes include All-State choirs, regional ACDA honor choirs, district festivals and church music clinics throughout the United States. Internationally, his choirs have toured to 35 countries. He was a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University for two academic terms, working primarily with the Choir of Clare College. He returns to England frequently for conducting engagements and choral workshops. Other international guest-conducting opportunities have taken him to Continental Europe, China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Dr. Holmes’ compositions are published by First Step Publishing, Santa Barbara Music Press and Morning Star Publishers. Additional arrangements may be found at

January 2020 Tour Itinerary

Millikin University Choir

Tour 2020


Wednesday, January 8 – Springfield, IL

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

524 E Lawrence Ave

7:00 pm


Thursday, January 9 – Louisiana, MO

         First Presbyterian Church

         121 S 8th St

         7:00 pm


Friday, January 10 – St Louis, MO

         Basilica of Saint Louis, King

         (Old Cathedral)                         

         209 Walnut Street

         7:00 pm


Saturday, January 11 – O’Fallon, MO

         Dardenne Presbyterian Church

         7400 S Outer Rd 364

         7:00 pm


Sunday, January 12 – O’Fallon, IL

St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church

         1411 Cross St

3:00 pm 


Monday, January 13 – Arthur, IL

         Arthur United Methodist Church

128 E Illinois St

7:00 pm


Tuesday, January 14 – Peoria, IL     

         First Federated Church Peoria      

         3601 N Sheridan Rd

         7:30 pm


Wednesday, January 15 – Joliet, IL

Grace United Methodist

1718 Avalon Ave

7:00 pm


Thursday, January 16 – Wheaton, IL

         St Michael Catholic Church

310 S Wheaton Ave

7:30 pm


Friday, January 17 – Ottawa, IL

Open Table United Church of Christ

 910 Columbus St

         7:00 pm


Saturday, January 18 – Libertyville, IL

United Methodist Church Libertyville 

429 Brainerd Ave

7:00 pm


Sunday, January 19 – River Forest, IL

Grace Lutheran Church

7300 Division St

4:00 pm


Sunday, January 26 – Decatur, IL

St. Patrick Church

407 E. Eldorado Street

3:00 pm