Marquette Choral Society

The logo for the Marquette Choral Society

Marquette Choral Society is a mixed chorus composed of members of the community of Marquette, Michigan and its surrounding area and of students at Northern Michigan University. It was founded in 1971. 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 the oratorios of Handel, Bach, and Haydn, masses by Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert, etc.

Marquette Choral Society will start its fall semester on Monday, Aug. 27, 2018. Registration begins at 6pm, and rehearsal starts at 7pm. Registration will also take place on Monday, September 10 at 6pm and Monday, September 17 at 6pm. All rehearsals occur on Mondays beginning at 7pm, ending at 9:30pm, on NMU's campus, Thomas Fine Arts building, Rm. 250 (Choir Room).

This fall we will be singing two majors works by J.S. Bach as part of the Marquette Bach Festival: his glorious MAGNIFICAT (BWV 243) in D Major and CANTATA 140 "Wachet auf." Scores are available for purchase ($20 for both) at registration. Registration per semester is $30.

New member (we would love to meet you!) need not worry about an audition. The conductor will discuss voice placement with you upon your arrival. If you would like to discuss this in advance, please click here to email Dr. Colwitz. She would be happy to discuss any concerns you may have.

Our performances, once again, will be at the beautiful, historic St. Peter Cathedral in downtown Marquette on December 15 and 16 (two performances). We will be performing both works with Baroque-sized orchestra and professional soloists: Aani Bourassa, soprano; Michael Walker, counter-tenor; Joshua May, tenor; and Richard Lippold, bass-baritone. We will be working with the Cathedral and performing as part of their popular concert series.

We look foward to having you join us either as a performer or an audience member this season!


Help Support the Marquette Choral Society

There are two ways to give to the Marquette Choral Society:

  • Use this link to download and print a form that you can use to mail in a check to the NMU Foundation to support the Choral Society.

  • Use the NMU Foundation site from which you can make a contribution that will be charged to your credit card.

If you choose the second option, when you get to that page, enter "other" from the pull down menu as the designation and fill in "Marquette Choral Society" in the field that follows.  Use the "comment or special instructions" field to tell us how you would like to be listed in the program and how many tickets you would like for each concert.