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Choral Department

Fondly known as “The Singing Campus”, the Missouri Baptist University Choral Department strives for excellence,
while bringing glory to Jesus Christ.


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

Mr. Jordan L. Cox

 

Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music

Contact information:
Jordan.Cox@mobap.edu
Jordan Cox is an Assistant Professor of Music and the Director of Choral Activities at Missouri Baptist University. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Education with an emphasis in Choral Conducting from the University of Missouri and holds a Master of Arts in Religion in Worship Studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Music Education with K-12 vocal certification from MBU. Prior to joining the faculty of MBU, Mr. Cox taught 6-12 grade vocal music in the Jackson and Cape Girardeau school districts where his ensembles earned top ratings at district and state events. He has been awarded numerous honors including the Outstanding Beginning Teacher award and Southeast District Outstanding District Director award from the Missouri Choral Directors Association. Mr. Cox is an active clinician, adjudicator, and presenter, serves as the Exhibit Coordinator for MCDA and is also an active member of MMEA and NAfME. His choirs at MBU have travelled extensively in the U.S. and abroad, most recently to Ireland in May. In January 2017 his Chamber Singers were invited to sing at WinterJam, a National CCM tour and they will be collaborating with the St. Louis Bach Choral Society performing Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion in April 2018.  Mr. Cox has also led worship for numerous churches, conferences, and events throughout Missouri and currently serves as Worship Pastor at Fellowship of Wildwood, where he attends with his wife Kasey and two children, Noah and Jobi.

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


Monday, September 10, 2018
Choral Society Begins
7:00 – 8:30pm, CFA205

Friday, October 12, 2018
Fall Choral Concert
7:30pm, Pillsbury Chapel
Free Admission, Open to the public

Sunday, October 14, 2018
Church Concert, TBD
Time: TBD

Friday, October 19, 2018
MBU Presidential Inauguration
10am, Pillsbury Chapel
Invitation Only

Thursday – Sunday, November 1-4, 2018 – Fall Tour,
with Chamber Singers & In Charactre

Area High Schools & Church between St. Louis and NASHVILLE!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Hanging of the Green – MBU Quad
Chamber Singers – 6pm

Friday, December 7, 2018
Fine Arts Christmas Concert – featuring a festival of carols by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Mack Wilberg
7:30pm, Pillsbury Chapel and Dale Williams Fine Arts Center
Featuring Chorale, Chamber Singers, Choral Society, Concert Band, MBU Ringers, Allusion, String Ensemble and Jazz Band
Free Admission, Open to the public

Dress Rehearsals: Mondays, November 19 & December 3, 7-9p

Monday, January 28, 2019
Choral Society Resumes
7:00 – 8:30pm, CFA205

Friday, February 22, 2019
First Fest – High School Choral Festival – 8:45a-4:00p
Pillsbury Chapel and Dale Williams Fine Arts Center

Late February/March, 2019
Chamber Singers Spring Concert

Sunday, March 3, 2019
Chorale, Chamber Singers, & MBU Ringers Church Concert
Location & Time: TBD
Free Admission, Open to the public

Sunday, March 31, 2019
Chorale, Chamber Singers, & MBU Ringers Church Concert
Concord Trinity United Methodist Church
5275 S. Lindbergh, St. Louis, MO 63126

Friday, April 12, 2019
Choral Masterwork Concert – Dan Forrest’s Jubilate Deo
7:30pm – Pillsbury Chapel
Free Admission, Open to the public

Dress Rehearsals – Mondays, April 1 & 8, 7-9p

Chorale

Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays, 1:00 – 1:55pm

MBU’s Chorale is a performing ensemble open to all MBU students. Performance literature includes sacred and secular selections from the Renaissance through Twentieth-Century, including large-scale works for chorus. Chorale provides an opportunity to develop vocal skills, music literacy, and an appreciation for the choral art.  Chorale typically has a fall concert and Christmas Concert during the fall semester and a spring concert and masterworks concert in the spring semester. Each semester we usually travel to two local churches for two Sunday evening concerts.  One credit.  Fall, Spring


Chamber Singers

Tuesdays/Thursdays, 1:30-2:55pm

MBU’s Chamber Singers is a select performing ensemble requiring an audition to join.  Chamber Singers typically includes 24-32 of MBU’s top singers and performs literature ranging from Renaissance to 20th Century.  With a variety of performances from church concerts to school visits, Chamber maintains an active schedule and joins Chorale for the fall, Christmas, spring, and masterworks concerts.  Chamber joins other MBU ensembles to go on an annual tour and hosts our annual First Fest event for high school choirs. One credit. Fall, Spring

 

MBU Masterswork ConcertChoral Society

Mondays, 7:00 – 8:30pm

MBU’s Choral Society is a performing ensemble open to members of the community (16 and older), MBU faculty/staff, and students who may not be able to fit Chorale into their schedule.  Choral Society has one concert a semester where they perform with Chorale and Chamber Singers in a masterswork concert.  Choral Society meets on Mondays from 7:00 – 8:30pm beginning the Monday after Labor Day in the fall and sings in the Christmas concert the first or second Friday of December. Rehearsals resume in January with a spring concert, typically the third Friday of April.  Works in the past have included Brahm’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Schubert’s Mass in G, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Mozart’s Requiem and Solemn Vespers, Bach’s Magnificat, among many others.