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  • Millikin Women | Millikin University
    More Programs Graduate Programs PACE Accelerated Degrees Pre Professional English Language ESL Study Abroad Student Resources Staley Library Academic Calendar Registrar Academic Resources International Education Athletics Campus Life Residence Life Activity Calendar of Events Student Organizations Decatur Community Greek Life Kirkland Fine Arts Center Student Life Health Wellness Centers Facilities Campus Involvement Dining Residence Life Services Student Handbook Public Safety Information Technology Career Center Support Services Alumni Friends Get Involved Stay Connected Alumni News Quarterly Magazine Alumni Directory Featured Alumni Resources Alumni Events Alumni Calendar Homecoming Goodheart Event Founder s Day Lindsay Medallion Give To MU Give Ways to Give Millikin Fund Big Blue Club Patrons Society About Faculty Staff Directory At A Glance Mission Values Millikin History Employment Accreditation University Marketing Administration Office of the President Office of the Provost Student Development Board of Trustees Faculty Staff Directory Media Newsroom Calendar of Events Video Gallery Photo Gallery Press Kit Millikin Women School of Music You are here Home Academics College of Fine Arts School of Music Ensembles Choir Millikin Women About Season Millikin Women Millikin Women has a long standing tradition of excellence at Millikin The choir is a select group of 80 singers The choir frequently receives special invitations for performances state wide and tours in the spring Annually they host the Millikin Women s Choir Festival which draws high school women s choirs from throughout the state Beth Holmes Conductor Beth Holmes currently conducts the Millikin Women a choir comprised of 80 singers and serves on the Millikin voice faculty Under her direction the choir hosts the annual Women s Choral Festival on campus takes an Illinois tour and performs for the popular Millikin Christmas Vespers and other annual concerts Beth is an active guest conductor directing District and All State festival choirs and Convention Honor Choirs throughout the Midwest Recent conducting appearances include Women s Honor Choirs on the Regional ACDA convention in Minneapolis as well as state ACDA conventions in Illinois Florida and Minnesota A graduate of Kansas State University Beth subsequently completed a Masters in Choral Conducting at Arizona State University She served as the Artistic and Musical Director of the Millikin University Children Youth Choir Program for 7 years conducting its premiere ensemble and coordinating a staff of conductors managers and Millikin student interns She has served as ACDA Repertoire and Standards Chair for Women s Choir in both Iowa and Illinois and maintains a private voice studio in her home Concert Season September Collage Concert All School of Music ensembles Saturday September 21 7 30 pm Ticketed Concert KFAC October Homecoming Concert Sunday October 6 2 00 pm With special guests The Marion Consort Millikin alumni University Choir Alumni Central Christian Church 650 W William Fall Choral Concert Sunday October 27 4 00 pm Central Christian Church 650 W William December Vespers at Millikin Saturday December 7 3 00 and 7 00 pm Sunday December 8 3 00 and 7 00 pm KFAC Ticketed Concert 10 8 January Feature Choir Wisconsin Music

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  • University Choir | Millikin University
    of Events Student Organizations Decatur Community Greek Life Kirkland Fine Arts Center Student Life Health Wellness Centers Facilities Campus Involvement Dining Residence Life Services Student Handbook Public Safety Information Technology Career Center Support Services Alumni Friends Get Involved Stay Connected Alumni News Quarterly Magazine Alumni Directory Featured Alumni Resources Alumni Events Alumni Calendar Homecoming Goodheart Event Founder s Day Lindsay Medallion Give To MU Give Ways to Give Millikin Fund Big Blue Club Patrons Society About Faculty Staff Directory At A Glance Mission Values Millikin History Employment Accreditation University Marketing Administration Office of the President Office of the Provost Student Development Board of Trustees Faculty Staff Directory Media Newsroom Calendar of Events Video Gallery Photo Gallery Press Kit University Choir School of Music You are here Home Academics College of Fine Arts School of Music Ensembles Choir University Choir About Season University Choir The flagship of the Millikin choral fleet the University Choir features 45 upper class students from a variety of majors Membership in the choir places high demands on students who travel extensively throughout the United States representing the university in a variety of settings In recent years the choir has also toured internationally to Ireland Scotland England China Taiwan Haiti Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic The choir will tour the Baltic region in May 2014 The Millikin University Choir has gained national recognition due in part to six invitations to perform at national and regional conferences of the American Choral Directors Association ACDA Their performances have fostered new conversations in response to their approach to tone style and programming The choir has six recordings on Millikin s FirstStep Records label Brad Holmes Director Dr Brad Holmes has been Director of Choir Programs at Millikin University in Decatur Illinois since 1991 During this time Dr Holmes has overseen the growth of the choral program to four traditional choirs and a variety of smaller vocal ensembles involving more than 300 students and five conductors In addition to conducting the University Choir Dr Holmes teaches classes in conducting and choral methods He is artistic director for Millikin s annual Christmas Vespers an event that attracts more than 6 500 people annually Under his direction the Millikin University Choir has performed before both regional and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association Dr Holmes s extensive guest conducting schedule has included All State choirs ACDA Honor Choirs and District festivals as well as church music clinics throughout the United States Internationally he served as Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College in Cambridge England He has conducted choirs in 35 countries in Europe South America East Asia the South Pacific and Australia Concert Season September Collage Concert All School of Music ensembles Saturday September 21 7 30 pm Ticketed Concert KFAC October Homecoming Concert Sunday October 6 2 00 pm With special guests The Marion Consort Millikin alumni University Choir Alumni Central Christian Church 650 W William Fall Choral Concert Sunday October 27 4 00 pm Central Christian Church 650 W

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  • Conductors | Millikin University
    Life Kirkland Fine Arts Center Student Life Health Wellness Centers Facilities Campus Involvement Dining Residence Life Services Student Handbook Public Safety Information Technology Career Center Support Services Alumni Friends Get Involved Stay Connected Alumni News Quarterly Magazine Alumni Directory Featured Alumni Resources Alumni Events Alumni Calendar Homecoming Goodheart Event Founder s Day Lindsay Medallion Give To MU Give Ways to Give Millikin Fund Big Blue Club Patrons Society About Faculty Staff Directory At A Glance Mission Values Millikin History Employment Accreditation University Marketing Administration Office of the President Office of the Provost Student Development Board of Trustees Faculty Staff Directory Media Newsroom Calendar of Events Video Gallery Photo Gallery Press Kit Conductors School of Music You are here Home Academics College of Fine Arts School of Music Ensembles Choir Conductors Experienced Exceptional Conductors Dr Guy Forbes Associate Conductor of Choirs and Chair of Music Education joined the Millikin Faculty in 1995 In addition to conducting the Millikin Chamber Chorale one of Millikin s top two touring choirs Dr Forbes also conducts the Millikin Madrigal Singers As Chair of Music Education Dr Forbes has overseen the growth and development of one of the largest and most successful undergraduate music education programs in the Midwest His responsibilities include teaching conducting and choral methods as well as other upper level choral music education courses Dr Forbes is also an award winning composer with compositions published through Alliance Music Hinshaw Music Treble Clef Press and Pavane Publishing His compositions have received critical acclaim and have been performed on numerous ACDA and MENC programs including performances by both the 2008 Wisconsin All State Choir and the 2009 New Mexico All State Choir His compositions may be accessed through his web site at www guyforbes com Beth Holmes currently conducts the Millikin Women a choir comprised of 80 selected singers and serves on the Millikin voice faculty Under her direction the choir hosts an annual Women s Choral Festival on campus takes an Illinois tour and performs for the popular Millikin Christmas Vespers and other annual concerts Beth is an active guest conductor directing District and All State festival choirs and Convention Honor Choirs throughout the Midwest Recent appearances include Women s Honor Choirs on the 2010 Regional ACDA convention in Minneapolis as well as state ACDA conventions in Illinois Florida and Minnesota A graduate of Kansas State University Beth subsequently completed a Masters in Choral Conducting at Arizona State University She served as the Artistic and Musical Director of the Millikin University Children Youth Choir Program for 7 years conducting its premiere ensemble and coordinating a staff of conductors managers and Millikin student interns She has served as ACDA Repertoire and Standards Chair for Women s Choir in both Iowa and Illinois and maintains a private voice studio in her home Dr Brad Holmes has been Director of Choir Programs at Millikin University in Decatur Illinois since 1991 During this time Dr Holmes has overseen the growth of the choral program to four traditional choirs

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  • Vocal Festival | Millikin University
    students and their directors gather for a unique two day vocal event combining concerts workshops voice lessons and a festival choir experience The nomination process ensures an equally balanced choir of similar ability making the festival the best possible experience for all Festival Choir Comprised of outstanding choristers from regional high schools Nominations allow us to more effectively balance the choir and help ensure that students are on the same level The 2015 repertoire will include Illinois All State selections Opening Concert Featuring some of Millikin University s outstanding choral ensembles Vocal Coaching Lessons 10 minute sessions with a member of Millikin s exceptional voice faculty OR Auditions for Millikin s School of Music Seniors looking to major in music who are considering Millikin as a college choice may audition for admission to the School of Music Solo Competition Those who have memorized their song for the Vocal Coaching Sessions AND Seniors who have auditioned for the School of Music are automatically considered for the solo competition Semi finalists will be asked to sing a second time for a panel of judges Finalists will receive a cash award and will sing on Monday evening s Grand Finale Concert For more information see the FAQ page Director s Choir It s why we got into this profession Let s regain the joy of singing together The choir is a favorite with directors Attend Director s Workshop and Reading Sessions or you may observe the festival choir rehearsals Grand Finale Concert Festival Choir Student Solo Competition Winners Director s Choir and the Millikin University Choir all combine into a wonderful 75 minute concert Participants are headed for home by 6 00 pm Registration details Registration fee includes T shirt Fee is due after students are accepted into the festival Option 1 30 per student Full Packet includes required All State pieces Option 2 25 per student Partial Packet without required All State pieces Vocal Coaching 5 optional Registration and nomination instructions Follow these steps to begin the nomination process Print out nomination form Complete one form for each nominee Determine nominees and have them fill out the student s portion of the nomination form You may nominate a maximum of ten students Check accuracy of the student s form Have students indicate their desire for a vocal coaching session There is an additional 5 fee for these coaching sessions Collect Nomination Forms from Students Rank all nominees in order of overall ability All nominated students may not be selected to participate so rank students carefully Help us balance the choir by nominating a maximum of 3 sopranos You may nominate only two more women than men Carefully consider character and citizenship Nominate only upperclassmen no freshmen please Fill out the forms and return it via one of these three options Via mail Diana Strong School of Music Millikin University Vocal Festival 1184 West Main Street Decatur IL 62522 Via email dstrong millikin edu Via fax 217 420 6652 Deadline and timeline The

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  • Guitar | Millikin University
    Resources International Education Athletics Campus Life Residence Life Activity Calendar of Events Student Organizations Decatur Community Greek Life Kirkland Fine Arts Center Student Life Health Wellness Centers Facilities Campus Involvement Dining Residence Life Services Student Handbook Public Safety Information Technology Career Center Support Services Alumni Friends Get Involved Stay Connected Alumni News Quarterly Magazine Alumni Directory Featured Alumni Resources Alumni Events Alumni Calendar Homecoming Goodheart Event Founder s Day Lindsay Medallion Give To MU Give Ways to Give Millikin Fund Big Blue Club Patrons Society About Faculty Staff Directory At A Glance Mission Values Millikin History Employment Accreditation University Marketing Administration Office of the President Office of the Provost Student Development Board of Trustees Faculty Staff Directory Media Newsroom Calendar of Events Video Gallery Photo Gallery Press Kit Guitar School of Music You are here Home Academics College of Fine Arts School of Music Ensembles Guitar Guitar Studies The study of guitar is a pursuit which must assume an extremely high priority in the mind of any student who undertakes it Competence on the guitar can be achieved only by dedicated and persevering study sustained by a sincere commitment to the instrument Every guitar student should have an overwhelming drive to continuously learn about the instrument and its music This program of study is a carefully arranged progression of experiences which are designed to develop the student s musical and technical potential Private lessons and master classes along with guitar ensemble performance recital attendance listening assignments and many other musical experiences offered at Millikin all contribute to the student s education Every student of the guitar must accept the necessary responsibilities if the goal and satisfaction of successful performance is to be achieved In addition Staley Library has considerable holdings of guitar music methods records texts CDs videos and periodicals to help in attaining this goal It is imperative that students take an active interest in the history education and performance technique of the guitar The successful student will use these resources to become knowledgeable about the past as well as what is happening currently in the guitar s many professions Finally each student is expected to practice scales finger exercises arpeggios and technical studies every day Guitar students must acquire technical proficiency in order to perform the music The more advanced the technique the more one is able to deal with the finer subtleties of musical expression Similarly in order to improve music reading skills students should check out music from the library and sight read every day Practice makes perfect but only if practice is perfect Coordinator of Guitar Studies Manley Mallard mmallard millikin edu Manley Mallard received the Master of Music Education degree from Kent State University and the Master of Music in Jazz Studies from Webster University in St Louis Professor Mallard has been on the faculty at Millikin since 1987 and teaches classical and jazz guitar guitar ensembles Intro to MIDI and Class Guitar Mr Mallard is an active arranger and has had numerous guitar

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  • Jazz | Millikin University
    jazz improvisation theory arranging history and various courses in recording technology and music business Participate in a student run record label Take part in a variety of other production composition and performance opportunities A Few Samples of Our Sound Con Alma Escape Velocity How High the Moon Piece 3 Signal Fires Something Personal The Balance Tiptoe Frequently Asked Questions Does Millikin offer a Jazz Studies degree No We believe that it is more reasonable to provide jazz training in conjunction with training in other areas of music such as music business recording studio technology or music education In today s professional climate musicians need to wear many different hats in order to survive Of course they must perform at a high level but they must also have the training and flexibility to work in other areas of music What kinds of degrees are offered for Millikin jazz students Students enrolled for jazz courses and ensembles may apply these course credits toward the requirements for all music degrees Music Performance B M Commercial Music B M Music Business B M Music Education B M Bachelor of Arts B A Music Minor Who can study jazz at Millikin Millikin jazz students are typically majoring in one of the degrees listed above but students from outside the School of Music are encouraged to participate in any School of Music ensemble to enhance their college experience What kinds of jazz related courses are offered at Millikin Millikin offers a wide array of courses related to jazz performance and study These courses are open to all qualified music students regardless of major Here is a sampling of the jazz courses currently being taught Jazz Improvisational Styles Jazz Improvisation Lab Vocal Styles Advanced Improvisation Commercial Theory I Commercial Theory II Jazz Arranging Songwriting Jazz Commercial History and Forms Studio Ensembles combos Jazz Bands I and II Vocal jazz ensembles One Voice and Blue Bop Applied lessons most instrumentalists study jazz styles with their applied teacher Who are the jazz faculty at Millikin Randall Reyman Director of Jazz Activities Jazz Band I combos jazz history Perry Rask Jazz Band II combos David Burdick Jazz theory and arranging Christopher Reyman combos improvisation jazz piano Stephen Widenhofer One Voice vocal jazz Michael Engelhardt Blue Bop vocal jazz Brian Justison jazz drumming Chris Nolte commercial jazz bass What jazz ensembles are at Millikin Jazz Band I The Millikin University Jazz Band I has performed at the Wichita Jazz Festival Notre Dame Jazz Festival Elmhurst Jazz Festival University of Northern Colorado Jazz Festival Central Illinois Jazz Festival Western Illinois Jazz Festival Illinois Collegiate Jazz Festival and the J E N National Conference On several occasions the band has been selected as an outstanding band at the Elmhurst Jazz Festival which is one of the largest collegiate jazz festivals in the U S The band s four CDs Easy to Love Swingin Night and Day Signal Fires and Vera Cruz are available from First Step Records The ensemble consists of undergraduate students

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  • Photo Gallery | Millikin University
    About Faculty Staff Directory At A Glance Mission Values Millikin History Employment Accreditation University Marketing Administration Office of the President Office of the Provost Student Development Board of Trustees Faculty Staff Directory Media Newsroom Calendar of Events Video Gallery Photo Gallery Press Kit Menu Admission Aid Office of Admission Undergraduate Why Study at Millikin Cost Aid How to Apply After Acceptance Meet Your Counselor Visit Information Visit Campus Schedule a Visit Virtual Tour Maps Directions Area Information Admissions info for Transfer International PACE Accelerated Degrees Graduate Nursing Graduate Business Academics Areas of Study Colleges and Schools College of Arts Sciences College of Fine Arts Professional Studies Tabor School of Business Interdepartmental More Programs Graduate Programs PACE Accelerated Degrees Pre Professional English Language ESL Study Abroad Student Resources Staley Library Academic Calendar Registrar Academic Resources International Education Athletics Campus Life Residence Life Activity Calendar of Events Student Organizations Decatur Community Greek Life Kirkland Fine Arts Center Student Life Health Wellness Centers Facilities Campus Involvement Dining Residence Life Services Student Handbook Public Safety Information Technology Career Center Support Services Alumni Friends Get Involved Stay Connected Alumni News Quarterly Magazine Alumni Directory Featured Alumni Resources Alumni Events Alumni Calendar Homecoming Goodheart Event Founder s Day Lindsay Medallion Give To MU Give Ways to Give Millikin Fund Big Blue Club Patrons Society About Faculty Staff Directory At A Glance Mission Values Millikin History Employment Accreditation University Marketing Administration Office of the President Office of the Provost Student Development Board of Trustees Faculty Staff Directory Media Newsroom Calendar of Events Video Gallery Photo Gallery Press Kit Photo Gallery Jazz Band You are here Home Academics College of Fine Arts School of Music Ensembles Jazz Photo Gallery School of Music Areas of Study Commercial Music Music Music Business Music Education Music Performance Minors Applied Lessons Brass

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  • Opera Theatre Department | Millikin University
    Campus Schedule a Visit Virtual Tour Maps Directions Area Information Admissions info for Transfer International PACE Accelerated Degrees Graduate Nursing Graduate Business Academics Areas of Study Colleges and Schools College of Arts Sciences College of Fine Arts Professional Studies Tabor School of Business Interdepartmental More Programs Graduate Programs PACE Accelerated Degrees Pre Professional English Language ESL Study Abroad Student Resources Staley Library Academic Calendar Registrar Academic Resources International Education Athletics Campus Life Residence Life Activity Calendar of Events Student Organizations Decatur Community Greek Life Kirkland Fine Arts Center Student Life Health Wellness Centers Facilities Campus Involvement Dining Residence Life Services Student Handbook Public Safety Information Technology Career Center Support Services Alumni Friends Get Involved Stay Connected Alumni News Quarterly Magazine Alumni Directory Featured Alumni Resources Alumni Events Alumni Calendar Homecoming Goodheart Event Founder s Day Lindsay Medallion Give To MU Give Ways to Give Millikin Fund Big Blue Club Patrons Society About Faculty Staff Directory At A Glance Mission Values Millikin History Employment Accreditation University Marketing Administration Office of the President Office of the Provost Student Development Board of Trustees Faculty Staff Directory Media Newsroom Calendar of Events Video Gallery Photo Gallery Press Kit Opera Theatre Department Preparing for Professional Success as a Singing Actor You are here Home Academics College of Fine Arts School of Music Ensembles Opera Theatre Department Millikin University s Opera Theatre department prepares students for professional success through practical experience both onstage and in the classroom Learning through performance is emphasized in every aspect of the program The Opera Workshop class is structured for a stepwise progression in acquiring both acting and singing skills for the stage Freshmen learn basic acting techniques through monologue and song presentations sophomores continue the progression into recitative and aria performances juniors and seniors work extensively on both intimate duets trios etc and large ensemble scenes Each group presents a recital performance of their work every semester with the entire company participating in a final scenes program in the spring Repertoire for these programs is selected in consultation with and the consent of each student s voice teacher Early in each semester Opera Workshop faculty present Master Classes on various topics such as diction role and score preparation specialized acting and movement styles for opera singers and other areas in which they have expertise In addition to the stepwise progression in workshop class all students audition for placement in at least two fully staged productions each year A full opera is staged in the late fall and then presented early in the spring semester in Albert Taylor Hall with orchestra Later in the spring semester a second production is presented in Kaeuper Hall This second opera is selected directed and produced by students in the Opera Workshop class under the supervision of Opera Workshop faculty Repertoire for these operas is chosen appropriate to the age and experience level of the undergraduate student with an eye to building a resume for entry into graduate level study or opera apprenticeships Experience in

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