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Potter Hall 112C
St. Joseph, M0 64507


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About our Program:

Choral Studies and Participation at Missouri Western 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. 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!

International Touring: Anyone in the Missouri Western choral program can join one of our overseas choir tours, which occur every three years. In May 2017, the choir enjoyed eight days in Ireland, performing in historic venues and experiencing Irish culture. The program is planning a tour to Austria and Germany in 2020.

Concert Chorale

The Concert Chorale is a non-audition ensemble made up of students from across campus — those majoring or minoring in music as well as non-music degrees. This ensemble enjoys performing challenging repertoire in a fun, high-energy environment. The Concert Chorale performs for University events and three public concerts per year, including the annual Missouri Western High School Honor Choir. Recent concerts include Mendelssohn’s Elijah at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts, Mozart’s Requiem with the Saint Joseph Symphony Orchestra, and Faure’s Requiem with the Missouri Western State University Orchestra.

Renaissance Chamber Singers

The Chamber/Renaissance Singers is the University’s top vocal auditioned ensemble made up of the finest voices in our region. They recently performed at the Missouri Music Educators Association’s 80th Annual Conference and In-Service. This ensemble performs several times per year and serves as the department’s major touring choral ensemble.  Interested in auditioning? Register for Concert Chorale (MUS 338), and you will receive an email during the first week of August with an audition packet.  Auditions take place on the Sunday afternoon before the first day of fall classes on the campus of Missouri Western.

Community Chorus

The St. Joseph Community Chorus was founded in 1980 and celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The Chorus presents interesting, challenging, and diverse programs of choral music from classical to contemporary throughout the Midwestern United States. This ensemble is the largest all-volunteer performing organization in Northwest Missouri and enjoys a rich history of outstanding choral performances in many beautiful settings. In addition to its three-concert season, the Chorus collaborates regularly with the St. Joseph Symphony. For the past several years, the chorus has performed fall exchange concerts with another community chorus. Two holiday concerts are presented annually in the St. Joseph Cathedral and feature favorite works of the Christmas season. The chorus is frequently asked to perform for various celebrations and memorable occasions. In 1996, the chorus toured Great Britain performing several concerts in the cathedrals of England and Wales. This tour included a performance for the Rotary Festival in Colchester, England, our sister city. In the summer of 2001, SJCC was honored to receive two unique invitations. Eighty-eight of the chorus’ 110 voices traveled to the state 2002 MMEA convention to perform as one of eleven choruses on the convention program. Forty-four choristers toured to perform in Budapest, Vienna and Prague and participated in the 2002 International Choral Festival in Innsbruck, Austria. From within the chorus, a select Chamber Choir was created in 1987. It performs a wide variety of chamber choral music for numerous events besides presenting a spring concert as part of the season series. This past season, the Chamber Choir presented a Victorian Madrigal Feast that benefits the Endowed Scholarship established in 2000. This chamber ensemble is invited frequently to perform at public and private events during the year and will perform on each of the chorus’ three subscription concerts. The St. Joseph Community Chorus always strives to adhere to its mission statement that is to foster the enjoyment and appreciation of good choral music among its membership and the community at large by providing an organization of the highest musical caliber to present exceptional performances of choral literature. We take pride in the fact that we regularly involve over ninety singers from Northwest Missouri in the creative process of singing together. The chorus is a significant musical ensemble helping to bring the college and community together in an artistically meaningful way.

Vocal Jazz Ensemble

This MUS 341 course is designed to give singers experience in the style of jazz singing in both ensemble and solo formats. The singers in the course will learn jazz style, scat improvisation, introduction to charts/chording, song forms, performance processes/etiquette, and the use of electronic sound reinforcement. Meets three hours per week. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in a major choral ensemble and departmental approval.

Opera Workshop

Providing workshops in staged music productions each fall and spring semesters, the MUS 318 course is available by audition to all Missouri Western students, singer and non-singer alike. Each actor/singer experiences the wonder of performing on stage with costumes, sets and orchestra. Past works have included full productions of Menotti’s The Medium, The Telephone, Barber’s Hand of Bridge on the main stage and scenes from Sondheim’s Into the Woods, performed for the Missouri Western Foundation dinner.