The 90-member Concert Choir was organized in the fall of 1988. Members are chosen by audition. The majority of members major in disciplines other than music; approximately 30 majors within the university are represented. The maintains an active schedule. Past performances with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra include the Verdi Requiem, Mahler Resurrection Symphony, and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. The Choir also collaborates with the other choral ensembles and the band for joint performances on campus featuring such dignitaries as former President George Bush, Secretary of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice.
Why you should join the Harding University Concert Choir:
Every day, members of the Harding University Concert Choir seek to worship and praise God through singing fantastic pieces in an atmosphere filled with friends, fun, and laughter. As musicians, we strive to develop constant attention to musical excellence, a tradition that dates back to 1988, and one we hope to continue for many years to come. By joining Concert Choir, you get the opportunity to nurture lasting friendships with other Christians, and you become a member of a giant, boisterous family – one that will laugh, cry, and pray with you. You will get to know people from every academic major, from art to music to nursing, and will develop relationships that will connect you with every aspect of campus life.
Questions You Might Have:
Will Concert Choir be a massive time-drain?
Not at all! With rehearsals only three times a week and little assigned homework, Choir is a very fun and memorable way to integrate into campus life. We have about 8-10 events per semester outside of class—fewer than one per week.
Do you go on choir trips often?
We go on an average of three overnight trips a year: last year we went to Van Buren, Texarkana, and Memphis. Most other performances are usually about an hour long and are performed on campus or in Searcy.
Is memorization of music required?
It depends on the concert. Early in the year we often sing with music. As the year progresses, we move toward singing from memory, but most of the memorization happens in class. Some pieces require it due to strategic hand-clappery.
Will it be fun?
Heaven’s sake, yes! Dr. Neill both nurtures and contributes to an off-kilter atmosphere of laughter and good-natured teasing.
How much does it cost?
Choir fees are only $20 to $30 for the entire year. The course can be taken for one hour of credit (you pay for one tuition hour), or can be taken for zero credit (and thus no fee).
Do I have to be a music major?
No, there are majors from all disciplines, from French to Graphic Design to Business.
How do I get into Concert Choir?
There are open auditions the weekend before the fall semester starts (during Impact). Announcements are posted in the Reynolds Center with information and times for auditions.