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.

Auditions for the 2016-2017 School Year

Time and Place:

Monday, May 2nd, 2016
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Arrive before 6pm for registration

6pm - 9pm (group singing audition, dance audition, and interview)

Westbrook Music Building, UNL city campus 
Room 130

We are seeking...
• Students who are willing to make a year-long commitment to this pre-determined student-friendly schedule of rehearsals/performances (Sunday and Tuesday evening rehearsals). Students who are capable and willing to clear the week prior to fall classes beginning for a fun but intense week of vocal and choreography rehearsals culminating with a performance at the end of the week. 

• Students who have previous show choir, singing-dancing, and/or music theatre experience and would like to continue.

• Students who love to perform.

• Students who are eager to learn more about how show choir shows are run and perfected (those future teachers who will one day, run their own ensemble)

• Flexible individuals who can work as a team/ensemble.

Audition Expectations:

• Prepare a brief résumé describing your experience as a singer/dancer. The résumé should include a head shot, or you can submit one separately. Be sure to bring both of these items to your audition.  Some examples are show choir and concert choir experience, roles in musicals and theatre productions, or anything else that interests you. This biography, with a head shot, must be submitted to and to before your audition date AND BRING A COPY TO YOUR AUDITION. 

• Prepare 16-32 measures from any Broadway Musical, or similar genre/style that best exhibits your vocal skills. Please mark all of your cuts very clearly in red. An accompanist will be provided.

• Be prepared to change into more comfortable clothing for the dance portion of the audition.

• Have your hair configured to represent the look you will recreate on stage. 

• Be ready to learn choreography swiftly. 

• Be ready to answer a few questions in the interview segment of the audition.

To clarify:
• Email - Head Shot and bio
• Audition - Bring résumé and Head Shot

Mission of the ensemble: 

• To prepare future performers for careers in performing and to audition well 

• To prepare tomorrow's music educators 

• To create a great environment for those desiring to continue their performing and enhance their performance skills

Big Red Singers
Big Red Singers

Course Number:

MUCO 51 / 251 / 451 (Credit Only)
MUDC 251 / 451 (Degree Credit)
MUNM 251 / 451 (Non-music majors)

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