Practice your art
Performance opportunities abound, with student musicians showcasing their talent in a variety of ways. Students need not be music majors to join an ensemble, they just need a passion for making music.
Dr. Ryan Olsen
Director of Choral Ensembles | rolsen@bakerU.edu
Expertise: choral ensembles, choral music education
Office: Owens 102 | 785.594.4504
Concert Choir is the premier large choral ensemble at Baker University. The 40-voice choir performs once or twice during the semester in campus concerts, for chapel services, at official university events, as well as in area churches and schools. A highlight of the year is the traditional Christmas Candlelight Vespers each December. Recent masterworks collaborations include the Midwest premier of Mark Hayes’ Requiem, performed in Rice Auditorium in 2014, and Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem performed at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in 2015. In 2017, the choir joined in a performance of Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore, K. 339 at Grace Cathedral in Topeka.
This is a select ensemble drawn from Concert Choir membership. Chamber Singers regularly perform at the same events as the Concert Choir, as well as in smaller settings as requested. Specializing in unaccompanied repertoire, this group sings everything from Renaissance madrigals to vocal jazz.
The Treble Choir is open to all Baker students, faculty, and staff who sing soprano and alto. No audition or previous singing experience is required. Treble Choir rehearses twice week and performs once or twice a semester, performing repertoire from the history of all choral traditions as well as music of contemporary composers.