Department of Music

Choirs at Missouri Western State University

Welcome to Missouri Western State University’s Choral Studies!

As Director of Choral Activities and Music Education, I am pleased to work with such talented musicians from our region. Our program offers a personal, challenging, and well-rounded education to those who are interested in becoming music educators, those wishing to receive a minor in music, or individuals desiring to continue their musical experiences at the university level. MWSU is a great choice for any person desiring to express themselves in the arts.
Renaissance Singers

(The) MWSU choirs are more than just a group of singers. We're more than musicians and more than students. We're a family and we love one another like brothers and sisters...This choir had had an amazing impact on my life and I will never forget the memories and the accomplishments we've created. Come join our family.

— Robert Vardiman 2017

About our Program

Choral Studies and Participation at MWSU offers a wide variety of choral and performance opportunities. Auditions for ensemble participation are held each fall for the academic year.  Scholarships are available for those who apply. (Click here to apply!) Check out our Scholarship Application page for audition dates for incoming freshmen and for more information.  Interested in following us? Check out our Facebook page for photos, details of our concerts and tours, and much more!

MWSU Renaissance Chamber Singers

The Renaissance Singers/Chamber Singers is an audition ensemble made up of the finest voices in our region. This ensemble enjoys performing several times a year and serves as the department's major touring choral ensemble. The Chamber Singers have recently been invited to perform on Missouri's state music conference in January, 2018. Each fall, the ensemble produces a full Elizabethan-style holiday dinner in November/December titled "Ye Olde Madrigal Feaste."

MWSU Concert Chorale

The Concert Chorale is a non-audition ensemble made up of majors, minors, and non-music majors from across our MWSU campus. This ensemble enjoys performing challenging repertoire in a fun, high-energy environment. This group performs for MWSU events and three public concerts a year, including the annual MWSU High School Honor Choir. Join our music family and celebrate community when our society is focused on individualism. You will make friends for life while stretching yourself as a musician and artist by singing history's greatest works. This ensemble has enjoyed performances at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts and at the Missouri Theater with the Saint Joseph Symphony Orchestra. Members from the Concert Chorale traveled to Ireland for an international tour in May of 2017 as a part of the Music Celebrations International Concert Series.

" The choral program here at Missouri Western gives you an opportunity unlike any other. Out of all the years I have sang in choral groups, nothing can quite compare to the connection I have with the individuals in my MWSU choir family. I wouldn't trade my home away from home for anything in this world"

— Lauren Thomson 2018

Congratulations to our MWSU Chamber Singers!  They have been invited to perform on the 80th Annual Missouri Music Educators Association Conference at Tan-Tar-A!

2017-2018 Choir Calendar of Events:

*Denotes tickets required

September 9              MWSU Rehearsal and Retreat (9am-3pm) (All Choirs)

September 12            MWSU Convocation (Concert Chorale)

September 16             MWSU All-District Auditions (all day)

October 14                  Christ Episcopal/AGO Workshop and Performance (Concert Chorale) 1pm-8pm

November 15             Concert Chorale Winter Concert and Student Conductors Exhibition 7:30pm Potter                                                                 Theater

Nov. 30-Dec. 3            MMEA CONCERT SERIES (Chamber Singers)

  • November 30      Saint Francis-Xavier Church 7:00pm with Blue Valley North HS Women’s Choir
  • December 1         Ashland United Methodist Church 7:00pm with Platte City High School
  • December 2         Christ Episcopal Church 7:00pm with Staley High School
  • December 3        First Presbyterian Church 2:00pm with Central High School

December 5                 President’s Holiday Gala Dress Rehearsal 6:00pm (All Choirs)

December 6                 President’s Holiday Gala Performance (7:30pm) (All Choirs) Fulkerson Center

January 11                   MMEA Clinician Workshop–Derrick Fox, University of Nebraska Omaha

January 13                   MMEA Clinician Workshop–Alan Zabriskie, Texas Tech University

January 20                  MMEA Clinician Workshop–Julie Yu Oppenheim, Kansas State University

January 25                 MMEA 80th Annual Conference and MWSU Chamber Singers Performance, 9:00pm Tan                                                         Tar A Resort, Salon C

February 1                   MWSU Chamber Singers at First Presbyterian “First Thursdays” (Noon)

February 9                   MWSU Scholarship Audition Day for Freshmen/Transfer Students

February 12                MWSU 4th Annual Honor Choir (All choirs) 7pm concert

February 17                UMKC/MWSU Chamber Singers Joint Performance (Community of Christ Temple–Independence)

February 23                MWSU Scholarship Audition Day for Freshmen/Transfer Students

March 1                       Joint Concert with the University of Central Missouri choirs (7:00pm, First Presbyterian Church)

March 5                       MWSU Concert Chorale and Orchestra Faure Requiem Dress Rehearsal

March 6                       Faure Requiem Performance at Christ Episcopal Church 7:30pm

March 9                       MWSU Scholarship Audition Day for Freshmen/Transfer Students

March 11-17                SPRING BREAK

March 23                     MWSU Scholarship Audition OVERFLOW Day for Freshmen/Transfer Students

March 25                     SJSD/MWSU Chamber Joint Performance Frederick Blvd. Baptist Church (3:00pm)

March 27-29               Chamber Singers Spring Tour (Greater KC Area)

  • Oak Park High School, North Kansas City, MO
  • North Kansas City High School, North Kansas City, MO
  • Lee’s Summit High School, Lee’s Summit, MO
  • Blue Springs South High School, Blue Springs, MO
  • Blue Springs High School, Blue Springs, MO
  • Blue Valley North High School, Overland Park, KS
  • Central High School, Saint Joseph, MO
  • Park Hill High School, Park Hill, MO
  • Kearney High School, Kearney, MO

April 18                     MWSU Chamber Singers at the Celebration of Life at Mosaic (Exploratorium) 3:00pm

April 26                       MWSU Spring Fling (All Choirs) 7:30pm Potter Theater