Big Red Singers
Big Red Singers
Director: Kirk Schjodt
Directed by Kirk Schjodt (Prof. Peter Eklund, faculty advisor), UNL's Big Red Singers is an ensemble featuring some of the university’s finest musicians. Outstanding performers from all over the university, representing a variety of different majors from Music Education to Engineering to Psychology and including many students involved in the Greek system, work together in the development of entertaining, high-energy, fully-choreographed shows. The ensemble’s repertoire is chosen from a wide variety of popular music as well as music from Broadway. Rehearsals are 300 minutes a week, on Sundays from 7:00 to 9:30 pm and on Tuesdays from 7:30 to 10:00 pm.
Although some performances occur in the fall semester, most performances are scheduled during the spring semester. The first semester is utilized to develop ideal performance habits. One of the ensemble’s main objectives is to build advanced stage presence, and professionalism while continuing to foster healthy singing. Big Red Singers seeks to represent the very best in show choir while providing numerous cross-curriculum benefits. While maintaining their show choir status, Big Red Singers is also active in the world of classical music performing as opera chorus and recital choir for several conductors. Within the ensemble is an atmosphere of collegiality among its musicians, and it provides the young professional with useful tools for future careers on stage. Big Red Singers functions as an ambassador of the choral area, the Glenn Korff School of Music, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. It is designed to provide the university singer with guidance in performing, performance opportunities, experiences, and leadership skills.
The Big Red Singers run their own summer show choir camp in June (the Nebraska Show Choir Camp), host the annual MIDWEST CUP Show Choir Invitational Competition in January in UNL’s magnificent Lied Center, and perform regionally. In addition, Big Red Singers have performed at Nebraska’s NMEA fall conference of music educators numerous times.
2016-17 Big Red Singers
Congratulations to the following people, who have been selected to carry on the honor of being a member of the prestigious UNL Show Choir, The Big Red Singers!
Course Number:MUCO 51 / 251 / 451 (Credit Only)
MUDC 251 / 451 (Degree Credit)
MUNM 251 / 451 (Non-music majors)