Choral Ensembles


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. 

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 at

The NIU Chamber Choir is a select 24-voice vocal ensemble whose membership is comprised of vocal performance and music education majors at the graduate and undergraduate level.

The NIU Chamber Choir has achieved an international reputation for artistic excellence and has received particular acclaim for their interpretation of contemporary repertoire.

In December 2007, Chamber Choir will premiere a new choral work by Sir John Tavener that was commissioned specifically for this ensemble.

Recent convention appearances include the MENC National Convention, April 2008, the Inaugural National Collegiate Choral Organization, National Conference in San Antonio, 2006 and the Illinois ACDA Summer Re-Treat 2006.

Under Dr. Johnson's leadership the Chamber Choir was invited to serve as the resident chapel choir at Worcester Cathedral, Worcester, England, 2006 and the choir has performed at international choral festivals in Sweden and Denmark in 2004, and Poland in 2002.

Opera Theatre prepares students for performance on the music theater stage. Classes are held in role preparation, acting technique, stage movement and effective auditioning. Each year this select ensemble performs programs of scenes from opera, operetta and musical theater, as well as one fully-staged production with orchestra.

University Chorus is a choir that performs a wide variety of sacred and secular works. The performance schedule includes many on- and off-campus concerts. Members from various academic disciplines participate in University Chorus to strengthen and reinforce their choral skills in an exciting and diverse learning environment.