Performance at Heart
The Michigan Tech Concert Choir is a select ensemble of students and community singers studying and performing choral literature ranging from Gregorian Chant to Renaissance motets, masses and madrigals to fascinating new works by living composers. Students perform not only on campus, but also in the community and, at times, have the opportunity to tour throughout the world. Membership is by audition. The Choir gives performances of traditional and new choral literature and appears regularly with the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra.
History of Concert Choir at Michigan Tech
In 1980, a group of sixteen talented and devoted singers came together under the leadership of Milton Olsson to form the Michigan Tech Chamber Chorus with the aim of providing opportunities for its members to pursue the study and performance of literature for small chorus. The Chamber Chorus was an instant success on campus and in the community, and it grew steadily in size and in its mastery of the choral art. By 1990 the ensemble boasted a regular membership of over fifty voices, and in 1997, when the membership exceeded seventy, the members renamed the ensemble the Michigan Tech Concert Choir.
International touring is an important part of the Michigan Tech Concert Choir experience. The ensemble's first tour was to Mexico City for performances with the Orquesta de Cámara de Bellas Artes in 1990. In 1993, the Chorus toured Central Europe, giving concerts with professional orchestras in Prague, Brno, Krakow, Budapest, and Opava, and 1996 saw a return to Central Europe with concerts in Prague, Brno, Budapest, and Vienna. The 1999 Eastern European Tour took the choir to Kiev, the Baltic States, and St. Petersburg, and the 2002 Brazilian Tour featured concerts in Ouro Preto, Belo Horizonte, Petropolis, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Salvador, and Manaus. The 2006 China Tour featured performances in Beijing, Harbin, Xian, Guilin, and Shanghai.