Marquette Choral Society
The Marquette Choral Society is a mixed chorus formed by community members from Marquette, Michigan, its surrounding area, and students at Northern Michigan University. It was founded in 1971.
The musical director is Dr. Erin Colwitz, Director of Choral Activities in the Department of Music at NMU. The group rehearses Monday nights during the academic year on the campus of Northern Michigan University. New members are always welcome – no audition is necessary.
The Marquette Choral Society performs two major concerts per year – one in December and the other in April. Over the years, it has focused much of its attention on the large works of the choral repertoire, including oratorios by Handel, Bach, and Haydn, and masses by Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert, among many others.
Marquette Choral Society takes pride in the fact that it has commissioned and given world premieres to many new and important contributions to the choral literature. Works premiered by the following composers: Thomas LaVoy, Paul Ayres, Griffin Candey, Dave Brubeck, Jackson Berkey, and Atso Almila.