Concert Choir - NIU - School of Music


Concert Choir

The Northern Illinois University Concert Choir is a large select mixed choir that performs a wide span of choral works from the Western repertory to the rich array of global music traditions.

A demanding performance schedule includes concerts on and off campus.  On-campus events include Choral College Concerts, Choir Days, the Annual Holiday Concert, and many collaborative performances with NIU's instrumental ensembles.  Off-campus events include invited appearances at conventions, high school tours, and the IL-ACDA Collegiate Choral Festival.  Concert Choir has twice performed in Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York (2009, 2013).  Performances of large-scale choral compositions have included Vaughan Williams's Dona nobis pacem, Dvořák's Stabat Mater, Berlioz's Te Deum, and Haydn's Theresienmesse. Concert Choir also advances the choral arts by hosting guest artists and commissioning new compositions. 

Recent guest artists include renowned choral composers Morten Lauridsen and Stacey Gibbs, as well as Broadway star and NIU alumna Melissa Dye. For the 2014-15 school year Concert Choir will be working with Chicago artist Keith Hampton, Philip Lawson (from The King's Singers), and British composer James Whitbourn.

Concert Choir is open to both music majors and non-majors. Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester.  For more information about singing in Concert Choir, please email Dr. Eric A. Johnson, Director of Choral Activities