Big Red Singers
Director: Peter Eklund & Jon Marquez
Because of Fall 2020 Covid concerns and the interest of safety for all, Big Red Singers will take a one-semester hiatus and resume with auditions, rehearsals, and performances in the Spring Term, starting in January. Please check back on this website for future auditions. This is an important musical ambassador of the School and the summer camp is an important outreach and educational oportunity for all of us.
Directed by Prof. Peter Eklund (as founder and faculty advisor) and Jon Marquez, 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 and Tuesdays from 7:00 to 9:30 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—suspended for 2020 because of COVID-10), 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 and has toured Midwest high schools and has performed at regional competitions.
2019-2020 BIG RED SINGERS roster:
Sopranos (some may be asked to sing alto on some pieces: Lauren Breed, Kristin Callan, Cailey Davis, Sarah Duralia, Shelby Fisher, Carly Fox, Becca Francis, Olivia Hultman, Anna Lockhart, Emily O’Neill, Maddie Pressler, Courtney Riedmann, Camryn Self, Adella Smolsky, Stef Vanderbeek, Jacqueline vonAschwege, Maddie Ridder, Sam Thomas, Atley Van Emmerick
Altos: Sammy Cope, Arden Fechtmeister, Violet Hudson, Calli Mah, Erin McDonald, Clare Morehouse, Lily O’Kane, Natasha Pierce, Karlie Sines, Tessa Yeo
Tenors: Tyler Banark, Bryson Cole, Evan Dondlinger, Matt Duhs, Maurice Garrett, Nate Lemon, Hunter Reifert, David Rushing, Sean Ryan, Jordan Williams, Evan Wohlers
Basses (some baritones will be asked to sing occasional tenor): Sam Brown, Adam Deutsch, Edgar Estrada, Jacob Fee, Micah Friesen, Augustine Fulton, Tom Fulton, Sam Kennedy, Sam Klemme, Adam Lesher, Caleb Loberg, Aaron Marlatt, Brandon McMiller, Ethan Rowe, Kyle Rojewski, Brayden Remerowski, Houston Wheeler, Mickey Wilson
Course Number:MUDC 351 (Music Majors & Minors for degree requirement only)
MUEN 351 (everyone else)