About Us

The Men's Chorus

The Brigham Young University Men’s Chorus is thought to be the largest collegiate male choral organization in the country. Founded in 1958, it has steadily grown to its present membership of 180 voices, with over 400 annually auditioning for the ensemble. As a result of its versatile literature and engaging performance style, the BYU Men’s Chorus has captured the admiration of audiences throughout the Western United States and beyond.

Each year the choir includes a diverse and unique representation of the university community. Choir members originate not only from the United States and Canada, but from countries throughout the world. Of the 180 members only a few are music majors with the remainder drawn from every college and department of the university. Over 2/3 of the chorus have served LDS missions throughout the world, and a large number are planning to serve after their 18th or 19th birthdays.

They have earned their popularity through hours of dedicated rehearsal, diverse repertoire, and a uniquely powerful and unified sound. Because of this, Men’s Chorus performances showcase the talents of individual choir members through vocal solos, instrumental accompaniment, and movement. As such, being selected from classical, spiritual, hit, and folk pieces, the music in a Men’s Chorus performance is sure to please all ages.

Our Conductor:
Dr. Brent Wells

Dr. Brent Wells is currently the Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at the College of Idaho. He is also the Musical Director for Treasure Valley Millennial Choirs and Orchestra, an organization serving hundreds of musicians ranging from youth choruses through adult ensembles. Prior to his appointment at the College of Idaho, he worked in secondary education, directing choral programs at the middle school and high school levels.

He received his DMA in choral conducting at Michigan State University, where he studied conducting and choral methods with David Rayl, Sandra Snow, and Jonathan Reed. He earned his BM in music education and MM in choral conducting at Brigham Young University, where he studied with Ronald Staheli, Mack Wilberg, and Rosalind Hall.

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Auditions

Men’s Chorus is an auditioned choir, held at the beginning of each fall/winter semester. Goals include to rehearse selected choral repertoire in disciplined, efficient manner, in order to perform with excellence. Develop a personal understanding of the details that contribute to choral excellence;
healthy vocal technique, precision, blend, intonation, artistry. Participate in choral performances that display the ensemble’s mastery of the above.

Are you interested? Find more at BYUChoirs.com/auditions

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