Big Red Singers
Director: Nick McGraw (2017-19)
Directed by Nick McGraw (2017-19) with Prof. Peter Eklund as founder and faculty advisor, 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.
2018-19 Big Red Singers
Congrats to everyone who auditioned this year!
Trying to cast the group this year, we found ourselves in a very interesting situation due to several factors:
1. We only lost one BRS member at semester (who graduated).
2. Of the 59 members we finished the year with, only 6 were graduating seniors.
3. Of the 53 potential returning members, 46 of them auditioned again for this upcoming year.
4. We had a record number of 96 auditions this year (the past couple of years have been in the ballpark of 80).
Never has BRS had a scenario transpire like this before, which is exciting, but it also makes it very difficult to have to turn away awesome prospective members like. We truly wish we could have taken more people into BRS, but there is just physically no more room on stage for any more performers. If BRS didn't happen for you this year, please sing in one of the choirs at UNL (Varsity Men's Chorus or University Women's Chorale for freshmen, or University Singers, All-Collegiate, and Chamber Singers for upperclassmen) and come back and audition for BRS again next year!
Membership in BRS is contingent upon you enrolling for the course. You will not be allowed to participate in any BRS rehearsals, performances, camps, retreats, activities, etc. until you have enrolled in the course! Period.
Membership in BRS is also contingent upon participation in a week-long camp (9:00 AM-9:00 PM) in August (8/12-8/18) which culminates with our debut performance of the year on Saturday, August 18, 2018.
*All new (non-returning) members to BRS will automatically be a 'reserve' (alternate) for one, and only one, song throughout the course of the year. The other reserves will be chosen as needed from the returning BRS members as we choreograph the other songs. Reserves are not guaranteed to perform the one song for which they are a reserve, however, they will act as a reserve and fill in for whoever is gone, every time we rehearse and/or perform that song. That being said, everyone (including all reserves) will get to perform the entire show at our debut Camp Week Performance on 8/18/18.
# Pending payment of outstanding balance from ’17-’18.
^ Pending registration and payment of course fee from second semester (Spring ’18).
Course Number:MUDC 351 (Music Majors & Minors for degree requirement only)
MUEN 351 (everyone else)