The Marquette Choral Society, established in 1971, is a community choir associated with the Department of Music of Northern Michigan University. Singers include both university students and members of the wider community who participate for the love of singing. The Marquette Choral Society has focused on the masterworks of the Western tradition—Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Handel, Mozart—while also performing more contemporary pieces by such composers as Bernstein, Honegger, and Hovhaness. In 1992, the group commissioned Dave Brubeck to compose Earth is Our Mother to celebrate the choir’s twentieth anniversary. Other commissioned works have included those by Jackson Berkey (2002) and Paul Ayres (2015). In July 2017, the group was honored to celebrate Finland’s centennial with its first international tour.