Department of Music

Choirs at Missouri Western State University

Welcome to Missouri Western State University’s Choral Studies!

As Director of Choral Studies 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.

(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!
Concert Chorale

Saint Joseph Community Chorus

It is the mission of the St. Joseph Community Chorus to foster the enjoyment and appreciation of quality choral music among its membership and the regional community by providing an organization of the highest caliber to present exceptional performances of choral literature. This ensemble is the largest all-volunteer performing organization in Northwest Missouri.

Founded in 1980, the St. Joseph Community Chorus, in partnership with Missouri Western State University, presents interesting, challenging and diverse programs of choral music from classical to contemporary throughout the Midwest region. The Chorus, open to all age groups high school and above, includes 85 singers that rehearse every Monday night from 7:00 – 8:50 p.m. in the Missouri Western State University Choir Room (Potter 112). Singers may join the Chorus at the beginning of each semester and may take the course for university credit if they choose.

Learn more about the Saint Joseph Community Chorus

" 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


2016-2017 Choir Calendar of Events:

*Denotes tickets required

September 10 Choral Retreat 9am-6pm (Blum Student Union, rm. 228-229)

September 17 All-District Choir Auditions at MWSU (All day in Potter Hall)

October 1 Chamber Singers to KC Renaissance Festival

October 1  MWSU sings with the SJSO at the Missouri Theater “Night at the Movies” 7:30pm*

October 15 Homecoming

October 16  SJCC Concert 3:00pm (St. Francis-Xavier Church)*

November 3-6 MWSU Concert Chorale/William Jewell “Elijah” rehearsal TBA

November 7  MWSU Concert Chorale/William Jewell “Elijah” rehearsal at the Kauffman Center; Kauffman Center Performance 7:30pm*

November 16  MWSU Winter Concert, Potter Hall (7:30pm)

November 29-30  Ye Olde Madrigal Feaste Dress Rehearsal (Fulkerson Center)

December 1-3  Ye Olde Madrigal Feaste Fulkerson Center 6:00pm*

December 7 MWSU President’s Holiday Gala Fulkerson Center TBA*

December 11 SJCC Christmas Concert (Ashland United Methodist Church) 3:00pm*

December 12 SJCC Christmas Concert (Ashland United Methodist Church) 7:30pm*

January 25-28 Missouri Music Educators Conference

February 6 MWSU Honor Choirs Fulkerson Center (7:00pm)

March 13-16  Spring Break 

March 24 MWSU Scholarship Audition Day (2:00pm-6:00pm)

March 28-30 Chamber Singers Recruitment Tour (Saint Louis)

April 9 SJCC/MWSU Chamber Choirs Spring Concert at First Presbyterian Church (3:00pm)*

April 27 Spring Fling MWSU Concert Potter Hall 7:30pm

April 28 MWSU Scholarship Day

April 28 Chamber Singers sing at Kelly Commons (12:00pm)

April 29 MWSU/SJCC/SJSO Performs Mozart’s Requiem at the Missouri Theater (7:30pm)*