Big Red Singers
Director: Peter Eklund & Daniel Ikpeama
Directed by Prof. Peter Eklund (as founder and faculty advisor) and Daniel Ikpeama, Nebraska'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.
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. One of the ensemble’s main objectives is to build advanced stage presence and professionalism while continuing to foster healthy singing. 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. Although some performances occur in the fall semester, most performances are scheduled during the spring semester. The first semester is dedicated to developing ideal performance habits.
Big Red Singers seeks to represent the very best in show choir while providing numerous cross-curricular benefits. While maintaining its show choir roots, Big Red Singers is also active in the world of classical music, performing occasionally as an opera chorus and as the recital choir for student conductors.
Big Red Singers runs its own summer show choir camp in June (the Nebraska Show Choir Camp), hosts the annual MIDWEST CUP Show Choir Invitational Competition in January in the University of Nebraska’s magnificent Lied Center, and performs regionally. In addition, Big Red Singers has performed at Nebraska’s NMEA fall conference of music educators numerous times.
Audition information for the 2019-2020 BIG RED SINGERS is posted on the UNL Choral Auditions webpage: https://music.unl.edu/choir/ensemble-auditions
Course Number:MUDC 351 (Music Majors & Minors for degree requirement only)
MUEN 351 (everyone else)