University Singers

Director: Dr. Peter A. Eklund

University Singers, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln's premiere and historic flagship choral ensemble, presents the finest and most versatile choral singers in the entire University. While many of the choir's singers are music majors, students from throughout the University are encouraged to audition and participate. Rehearsals are 250 minutes a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3:10 and on Fridays from 1:30 to 2:20.

This ensemble performs music from the thirteenth century through the present, including works written especially for them. University Singers has performed repeatedly for state conventions of the Nebraska Choral Directors Association and the Nebraska Music Educators Association, and at regional and national venues including the North Central Division Conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, regional and national meetings of the Music Educators National Conference, and regional ACDA conventions. In 2001, 2008, and 2016, the choir was featured on a prestigious 8:00 pm solo performance at Carnegie Hall. The have toured internationally and will tour France in 2022 via generous funding from the Hixson-Lied Endowment, the Dean's office, and the Glenn Korff School of Music.

It has performed with numerous orchestras and has worked under renowned composers, pedagogues, and conductors/artists/scholars/performers (reading like a "Who’s Who"): Dale Warland, René Clausen, Don V Moses, Lee Kjelsen, Joshua Rifkin, Jeremy Jackman, Weston Noble, Simon Carrington, Sir David Willcocks, William Hatcher, Malcolm Dalglish, Anton Armstrong, Ann Howard Jones, Phil Mattson, Bobby McFerrin, William Warfield, Mack Wilberg, Eph Ehly, André Thomas, the Swingle Singers, Doreen Rao, Jake Runestad, Craig Hella Johnson, Voces 8, The King's Singers, Cantus, Chanticleer, and the late Moses Hogan, Margaret Hillis, and Robert Shaw (at least four times), to name just a few.

Under the current director, Dr. Peter A. Eklund, a list of recent and planned repertoire includes Bach's B Minor Mass, the Duruflé Requiem, Britten's War Requiem, the Verdi Requiem, Tallis’ 40-part motet Spem in Alium, Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42 and Elijah, Honegger’s King David, the Brahms Requiem (three times: once in German, once in English—both with full orchestra, and also the London version with duo pianos), Orff's Carmina Burana (numerous times), Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, the Fauré Requiem, the Mozart Requiem, Walton's Belshazzar’s Feast, Liszt’s Christus, Hindemith’s When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd, Bruckner’s Mass #2, Handel's Messiah, Beethoven's Mass in C, Puccini's Messa di Gloria, Haydn's Harmoniemesse and Lord Nelson Mass, Jongen's Mass Opus 130, and Petr Eben's Prager Te Deum. Further, it has participated as the chorus the operas Elixir of Love and La Bohème.

The choir has a rich list of distinguished alumni that have gone on to lead choirs and music departments at major universities and Schools of Music across the country over the last 130+ years (and at least two alums have gone on to be ACDA National Presidents).

University Singers is open to all students. For more information about auditions, please contact the Director.

University Singers audition results for 2020-2021:
 Des Backer
Karin Berg
 Harrison Boe
 Jayven Brandt
 Lauren Breed
 Abbi Brundrett
 Sydney Brun-Ozuna
 Ian Carnes
 Lara Celesky
 Parker Christensen
 Bryson Cole
 Jacob Denton
 Evan Dondlinger
 Sarah Duralia
 Evelyn English
 Edgar Estrada
 Jacob Fee
 Shelby Fisher
 Carly Fox
 Micah Friesen
 Hayden Fuelberth
 Maurice Garrett
 Jacob Goetz
 Hannah Healy
 Regan Hennings
 Jakob Henzi
 Hannah Howatt
 Violet Hudson
 Marshall Johnson
 Samuel Kennedy
 Sam Klemme
 Whitley Kleveland
 Olga Lebedeva
 Adam Lesher
 Jon Dalton Marquez
 Brandon McMiller
 Cody Merrill
 Trent Poley
 Madeline Reddel
 Brayden Remerowski
 James Riva
 Maddie Rushing
 David Rushing
 Rose Seeman
 Camryn Self
 Noah Shannon
 Karlie Sines
 Nicole Solberg
 Aliya Spale
 Sam Thomas
 Jacquelyn vonAschwege
 Nathan  Wallace
 Houston Wheeler
 Ben Wiehe
 Ronnie Zanella

University Singers

Course Number:

MUDC 345 (Music Majors & Minors for degree requirement only)
MUEN 345/ 845 (everyone else)

Related Website: University Singers Audition Information