The Morningside Choir, the university’s premier forty-five-member choral ensemble, has been acclaimed for its outstanding musical artistry since 1925. Under the direction of Dr. Ryan Person since 2018, the choir consists of undergraduate student musicians from various major areas of study and are among the university’s finest leaders and scholars.
Presenting a diverse array of choral repertoire, the ensemble has been nationally and internationally recognized for its performance excellence. In 2023, the choir was selected to perform as a demonstration choir at the ACDA National Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, and also recognized as a finalist for The American Prize for College/University Choirs. The ensemble has been selected to perform at the Midwestern ACDA Conference in Omaha, Nebraska, and South Dakota Music Educators Conference in Rapid City, South Dakota, in 2024.
An active touring ensemble, the choir traveled to Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic in 2022, where they notably performed for a sold-out audience at the Antonín Dvorák Music Festival in Príbram, Czech Republic, with famed composer’s great-grandson, Petr, in attendance. The ensemble has also recently traveled to Japan (2018), Spain (2015), and Italy (2012), and will tour South Africa in May 2024. Recent notable performance locations have included the Salzburg Cathedral, Melk Abbey, Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain, and Kansai Gaidai Concert Hall in Japan.
The Morningside Choir rehearses on MTWTh from 3:30-4:50 p.m., and prospective students are welcome and encouraged to attend.