Choral Department - Missouri Baptist University

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MBU CHORALE is the large choral ensemble and is open to all MBU students for credit regardless of major, and meets the large ensemble requirement for music majors and minors. The Chorale specializes in sacred music and presents at least one major work each school year. The Chorale performs on campus and also represents MBU in churches, schools, and special events.


CHAMBER SINGERS is a select vocal ensemble. The Chamber Singers perform a wide variety of sacred and secular music. This group performs for schools, churches, and special events throughout the school year, and goes on tour each year. Participation is by audition and members receive a scholarship. Contact the School of Performing Arts at 314-744-5364 for information about auditions and scholarship opportunities.


The MBU CHORAL SOCIETY is open to all MBU students, faculty, staff and community members who love to sing. The Choral Society combines with Chorale for two concerts each year and Choral Society members are also eligible to participate in extended tours, such as the 2011 Italy tour, 2008 England tour, the 2005 tour of Eastern Europe.


Students who perform with Chamber Singers are eligible to receive a performance scholarship, regardless of major. Complete our online audition form and sign up for one of our upcoming audition dates.

More about MBU Choirs!

Our Mission

The choirs at MBU 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

Calendar

Monday, September 4, 2023
Choral Society begins rehearsals
CFA 205, Missouri Baptist University

October 5-8, 2023
Chamber Singers & In Charactre tour

Friday, October 13, 2023
Fall Choral Concert
Pillsbury Chapel, Missouri Baptist University
7:30 P.M., Free Admission

Friday, December 8, 2023
Christmas Concert
Pillsbury Chapel, Missouri Baptist University
7:30 P.M., Free Admission

Friday, February 23, 2024
FirstFest Choir Festival

Friday, February 23, 2024
Chamber Singers Concert
Pillsbury Chapel, Missouri Baptist University
7:30 P.M., Free Admission

Sunday, February 25, 2014
Church Concert TBD

Friday, April 19, 2024
Spring Choral Concert
Pillsbury Chapel, Missouri Baptist University
7:30 P.M., Free Admission

Chamber Singers Easter EP 2024

Click here to receive the new Easter EP!

Give a gift to the Society of Fine Arts and receive a copy of Missouri Baptist University Chamber Singer’s Easter EP today!

The Missouri Baptist University Chamber Singers headed to Nashville, TN on Good Friday to produce their second worship album, “Bright and Glorious,” an Easter EP! We selected five songs that have played an important role in the life of our singers this year. One is a co-write with MBU Alum and Dove Award Winning songwriter, Sue C. Smith, another is a co-write of Dove Award winning songwriter Krissy Nordhoff who visited MBU this year teaching a worship writing workshop! We also celebrate the life of St. Louis composer Robert Ray having recently travelled to Carnegie Hall to perform his Gospel Mass.

$10 gift for free CD// $15 gift, free CD can be shipped to you – All gifts with a tribute to the CD project will be used to support the MBU Choral Department which supports choral initiatives including recording projects, touring, and performances.

You are welcome to donate above and beyond the $10 in order to benefit the Choral Endowment. Simply visit www.mobap.edu/give and designate your gift to Society of Fine Arts and in the comment section of tribute indicate “CD”.

Christmas Worship CD 2020

Thanks to the many wonderful donations from the Worship CD Project, we were able to create our first ever Choral Endowment with $10,000 raised!

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!

To purchase a MBU Worship CD, please contact:
Dr. Jordan Cox
Associate Dean, School of Performing Arts
Director of Choral Activities & Music Education

Major/Minor Masterworks Performed

Spring 2023 – Missa In Angustiis (Lord Nelson Mass) by F.J. Haydn
Fall 2022 – St. Nicolas by Benjamin Britten
Spring 2022 – Handel’s Messiah (Parts II & III)
Fall 2021 – Handel’s Messiah (Part I)
Spring 2021 – Paul Basler’s Songs of Faith
Fall 2020 – Faure Requiem
Spring 2020 – Missa In Angustiis (Lord Nelson Mass) by F.J. Haydn
Fall 2019 – Gloria by John Rutter
Spring 2019 – Jubilate Deo by Dan Forrest
Fall 2018 – Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Ralph Vaughan Williams, A Visit from St. Nicholas by Lucian Dressel
Spring 2018 – Handel’s Messiah (Parts II & III)
Fall 2017 – Handel’s Messiah (Part I)
Spring 2017 – Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein
Fall 2016 – Magnificat by John Rutter
Spring 2016 – Te Deum by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Mass No. 2 in G Major by Franz Schubert
Fall 2015 – A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten
Spring 2015 – Five Mystical Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gloria by John Rutter
Fall 2014 – He Comes at Christmastide by Robert H. Young
Spring 2014 – Handel’s Messiah (Parts II & III)
Fall 2013 – Song of Songs by Patrick Hawes, Handel’s Messiah (Part I)
Spring 2013 – Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn
Fall 2012 – Rejoice! by Gwyneth Walker
Spring 2012 – Mozart’s Requiem
Fall 2011 – Magnificat in D Major by J.S. Bach
Fall 2010 – Carols and Lullibies: Christmas in the Southwest by Conrad Susa
Spring 2010 – Handel’s Messiah (Parts II & III)
Fall 2009 – Handel’s Messiah (Part I)
Spring 2009 – Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein
Fall 2008 – Gloria by John Rutter
Spring 2007 – A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms