The Millsaps Singers is the oldest and largest music performance organization at the College. Membership in Singers is open to all students, regardless of major or previous choral experience. The choir performs a variety repertoire for the College and community, and prepares at least one choral orchestral program annually.
The Millsaps Singers typically perform a fall concert, a Christmas concert, and two spring concerts. Music for Singers includes a highly diverse repertoire of masterworks, international and ethnic works, and recent additions to the choral repertory.
Special opportunities are available to students through our affiliation with professional performance organizations in the metropolitan Jackson area. The Millsaps Singers have collaborated with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra in MSO’s performance of Francis Poulenc’s Gloria, Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “The Resurrection” and in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. The Millsaps Singers rehearse Tuesday and Thursday from 11:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. and on Friday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. For more information, contact Jonathan Trotter.
Chamber Singers is the elite vocal performance ensemble at Millsaps College and its membership represents the most dedicated students of vocal music on campus. The choir was formed in 1993 with the stated mission of bringing choral presentations of high quality to United Methodist congregations in Mississippi. Through the sharing of music we strive to strengthen the ties between Millsaps and communities throughout our state and beyond.
In addition to their local musical outreach, the Chamber Singers tour both nationally and internationally. The choir has been heard in Ireland, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Spain, Portugal, England, and Greece. Closer to home the choir has traveled to New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., St. Louis, Cincinnati, Louisville, Nashville, and Chattanooga.
The Chamber Singers perform sacred and secular repertoire from all musical eras, with a particular focus on a cappella works. Auditions are open to members of the Millsaps Singers and each Chamber Singer receives a scholarship for their efforts. Rehearsals are on Monday and Wednesday from 4 to 5pm. For more information, contact Jonathan Trotter.
MEME engages with local and topical issues through performance and composition. All musicianship levels are invited to enroll, including non-musicians. Likewise, students may opt to bring any instruments (acoustic or electronic). Students participating in MEME will not only perform preexisting works by prominent composers and artists, they will also create and workshop their own new works that relate to the semester’s theme and the fellow participants’ abilities and interests. The theme or topic will vary each semester, but will often explore social theory and community impact, ideally connecting with other Millsaps’ course offerings and/or local events. The semester will culminate with a MEME performance open to the public as part of the Squeaky Wheel concert series. For more information, contact Jason Carl Rosenberg.
Millsaps College Jazz Ensemble is an eclectic group of young vocalists and instrumentalists,both majors and non-majors, who are willing to explore and expand their musicianship and improvisational skills by performing works from the traditional jazz standards repertoire, as well as today’s popular music. Musicians of all skill-levels are invited to join this popular group. The Millsaps Jazz Ensemble performs for functions both on campus and in popular venues around Jackson. For more information, contact Jason Mathena.
Millsaps College offers a variety of instrumental ensembles for all students – majors and non-majors. Through the guidance of the members in Mississippi Fine Arts String Trio (Millsaps’ String Ensemble-in-Residence) and members of the Millsaps appliedmusic faculty, instrumentalists will experience first-hand the art of creating music in the small group setting. For more information, contact Rachel Heard.