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Choral Department



SING ON!

In the Fall 2021 semester, we are excited to be back together for an exciting season. As is our tradition, every four years we perform Handel’s “Messiah” and that time has come again for us this year! In the fall we will perform Part the First and in the Spring Parts II & III.  If you are interesting in joining us, please join us on Monday evenings from 7:00-8:30p in CFA 205. We will be performing from the Bärenreiter score. We will have them for sale for $20 or you are welcome to borrow one for free.  Rehearsals for the Spring begin Monday, January 24 and the concert is Friday, April 22 at 7:30p.

Per University policy, we are currently masked. Stay tuned for any amendments to our current policy.

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The Missouri Baptist University Chamber Singers, in light of the Covid Pandemic, sought to find an avenue to share the light of Christ through their singing as traditional concerts were not currently an option. While adhering to safety procedures, including the wearing of masks, the students rehearsed this semester and gathered together over fall break to record their first ever choral album!

Featuring traditional songs of Christmas as well
as Contemporary Christian worship settings of Christmas songs old and new, this CD will certainly be one to play around the house as you decorate your tree and ring in the Christmas season. With 9 songs performed by the Chamber Singers and 3 performed by MBU Choir
ale, we also invited back recent alumni to join us on two of the Chorale pieces! Also featured on the album are 8 soloists, all undergraduate students in our choral program. Not only are we proud of this exciting project, but the students had a wonderful education in music recording, sound production, and studio work.
    CDs are $10
     For an additional $5 apiece we can mail your CD directly to your home.
     All profits will be used to create an endowment for the Choral Department.

     You are welcome to donate above and beyond the cost of the CD in order to benefit the creation of our Choral Endowment.

E-mail Dr. Cox at Jordan.Cox@mobap.edu to purchase a CD!

MISSION OF MBU CHOIRS


The choirs at Missouri Baptist University exist to…

  • glorify God through worship
  • provide a training ground for future music educators, performers, and other arts related vocations
  • offer students an opportunity to engage with one another socially and musically, allowing them to be a part of something greater than themselves
  • foster a love for life-long singing and music making

We achieve this through…

  • careful selection of literature spanning a broad range of musical periods and styles
  • maintaining a safe and positive rehearsal environment
  • striving for an inclusive atmosphere through which all are respected
  • keeping line with the mission and vision of Missouri Baptist University

Dr. Jordan L. Cox

 

Fine Arts Chair – Assistant Professor of Music – Director of Choral Activities & Music Education

Contact information:
Jordan.Cox@mobap.edu

Dr. Jordan Cox is Chair of the Fine Arts Division, Director of Choral Activities & Music Education and Assistant Professor of Music at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis, Missouri.  He directs Chorale, Chamber Singers and Choral Society, and teaches various music education and worship courses.  A native of Jackson, Missouri, Dr. Cox holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Missouri Baptist University, a Master’s of Arts in Religion in Worship Studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, and a PhD in Music Education (Choral) from the University of Missouri.

MBU Choirs under Dr. Cox’s direction have been invited to perform and collaborate with composers and choirs across the country, including a recent performance at the Getty’s Sing! Conference serving as a demonstration choir for Dan Forrest’s breakout session, Is Choir Really Worth It?, as well as performing on the Exhibit Stage and internationally-broadcasted main stage. His choirs have also recently collaborated with Bach Society of St. Louis, Kirkwood Children’s Choirs, and Alton Symphony Orchestra, and in 2017 travelled to Ireland.  They perform a wide variety of music including an annual masterwork concert along with numerous campus, community, and church concerts singing a wide range of literature from classic to CCM worship choir music. In 2016, his choirs were invited to perform at WinterJam, a National CCM tour, and in 2020, MBU Chamber Singers with the MBU Chorale produced their first Christmas Worship Album, Let it Shine Bright!

Before coming to MBU, Dr. Cox served as a choir director in the Jackson R-2 School District, teaching middle through high school vocal music, and at Cape Central High School directing the choral program and teaching AP Music Theory and directing the school musical.  He and his choirs received numerous honors and awards, including the Outstanding Beginning Teacher award and the Southeast District Outstanding District Director award from the Missouri Choral Directors Association, along with consistent high ratings at district and state festivals.  Dr. Cox continues to serve as an active clinician, adjudicator, and presenter across the region and remains active in the Missouri Choral Directors Association and Missouri Music Educators Association.

In addition to his academic teaching, Dr. Cox has served as a Worship Pastor in both Jackson and St. Louis and currently is the Lead Pastor of College Park Church, a local church that meets on MBU’s campus intentionally reaching college students and young adults.

Dr. Cox is married to Professor Kasey Cox, MBU’s Assistant Professor of Theatre and Director of Theatre & Dance. They love living their arts-filled life with their kids, Noah, Jobi, Katy, & Lawson.

Ireland Trip



MAY 2017 – “…May God hold you in the palm of His hand.”

MBU Choirs traveled to Ireland May 4-11, 2017.  Visiting famous sites like Christ Church Cathedral, Malahide Castle, Trinity College, Blarney Castle, The Ring of Kerry, and much more, the choirs traveled with the intention of spreading good will, good cheer, and most importantly the good news of the gospel.

The choir, comprised of Chorale and Choral Society members, along with our President and First Lady, Dr. & Mrs. Lacey, performed four times throughout the tour with enthusiastic and supportive audiences.  On Sunday we had the great opportunity to worship with Grace Fellowship, a small Baptist church plant in Kilarney. Not only was it a blessing to sing for this congregation, but joining in worship through song and proclamation of His Word was an experience we will not forget. Join The Singing Campus in 2020 when we travel overseas again. Destination: TBD.

  

     

CALENDAR

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Chorale in Chapel, 11:00a

Friday, October 1, 2021
Fall Choral (Chorale & Chamber Singers) Concert w/ MBU Ringers
7:30pm, Pillsbury Chapel
Free Admission

Sunday, October 17, 2021
Chorale, Chamber Singers, & MBU Ringers Church Concert
Parkway Baptist Church – 12465 Olive St, St. Louis, MO 63141

6:30p, Free Admission

November 4-7, 2021

Chamber Singers & In Charactre Fall Tour

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Chamber Singers in Chapel, 11:00a

Friday, December 10, 2021
Fine Arts Christmas Concert
7:30pm, Pillsbury Chapel and Dale Williams Fine Arts Center

Free Admission

Dress Rehearsals – Monday, Nov. 29 & December 6, 7-10pm

Sunday, March 6, 2022
Choral Concert featuring Chorale & Chamber Singers
6:30pm, Fellowship of Wildwood – 17770 Mueller Rd, Wildwood, MO

Free Admission

Sunday, April 3, 2022
Chamber Singers Spring Concert
3:00pm, MBU – Great Hall – Reception to follow

Free Admission

Friday, April 22, 2022
Handel’s “Messiah” – Parts 2 & 3
7:30pm, Pillsbury Chapel and Dale Williams Fine Arts Center

Free Admission