Abilene Christian University Choirs

Abilene Christian University Choirs ACU Choirs is a vibrant community of choral musicians dedicated to integrity, excellence, and artistry. We are The Singing College! The ACU Choirs are dedicated to the artistic performance of significant choral music from the Renaissance to the 21st Century.

All ACU students, regardless of major, are invited and welcome to audition for our three ensembles: A Cappella Chorus, University Chorale, and ACU Chamber Singers. Contact Professor Jeff Goolsby, Director of Choral Activities, for more information ([email protected]).

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Hey Wildcats! Classes begin next week, and we can't wait to get started. If you're looking for an excellent place to mak...
01/04/2021

Hey Wildcats! Classes begin next week, and we can't wait to get started. If you're looking for an excellent place to make music, join us! Email [email protected] for more info. #singingcollege

We had an excellent "Choir Chat" today with Dr. Susan Brumfield from Texas Tech about her piece, "From Here On In" (whic...
12/01/2020

We had an excellent "Choir Chat" today with Dr. Susan Brumfield from Texas Tech about her piece, "From Here On In" (which A Cappella sang this semester), Kodály, Stan Getz, and whole lot more. Tomorrow, we have ACU alum, Travis Branam, who is doing amazing work with Vocal Coalition in Denver.

A Cappella and University Chorale wrapped up this most unusual semester with recording sessions at the Episcopal Church ...
11/20/2020

A Cappella and University Chorale wrapped up this most unusual semester with recording sessions at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest and First Baptist Church. Stay tuned for a December release of our Christmas Vespers 2020 video!

Abilene Christian University Choirs's cover photo
11/20/2020

Abilene Christian University Choirs's cover photo

Did you know we have an Alumni Choral Society? The Alumni Chorus has been meeting since 1989 for reunions filled with mu...
10/30/2020
Alumni Chorus Virtual Reunion

Did you know we have an Alumni Choral Society? The Alumni Chorus has been meeting since 1989 for reunions filled with music and fellowship. This year the reunion is moving online, and we hope you can join us! All ACU choral alumni are welcome, and you can attend for free! Click on the website below to register.

Join us online on Saturday, Nov. 7, for a free interactive event

We couldn’t do Homecoming this year, so we’re coming to your home! Enjoy these performances from the A Cappella Chorus a...
10/17/2020
2020 Homecoming Choir | Abilene Christian University

We couldn’t do Homecoming this year, so we’re coming to your home! Enjoy these performances from the A Cappella Chorus and members of ACU’s student a cappella groups.

Go Down, Moses – A Cappella Chorus
Mighty to Save – Grace Note, Hilltop and Daybreak
Worthy is the Lamb – Grace Note, Hilltop and Daybreak
From Here On In – A Cappella Chorus
Oh, Dear Christian College – A Cappella Chorus

Our very own A Cappella Chorus, led by Dr. Jeff Goolsby, brings Homecoming to you. We may not be able to gather in person, but we offer this beautiful master...

10/16/2020

On this Homecoming Weekend, University Chorale says...

Did you see this post last week about the 1943-44 virtual Homecoming? In spite of the circumstances, we are proud to car...
10/13/2020

Did you see this post last week about the 1943-44 virtual Homecoming? In spite of the circumstances, we are proud to carry on the tradition of Dr. Burford and all the choral singers who have come before us. #singingcollege

#TBT ACU’s first virtual Homecoming happened long before COVID-19. It took place during the WWII years of 1943-44 when the A Cappella Chorus led by Dr. Leonard Burford (pictured here) joined the Wildcat Band and guest speakers on a “Radio Homecoming” broadcast nationally to alumni. Follow this year's distanced Homecoming Oct. 15-18 at acu.edu/homecoming!

Homecoming 2020 is going to look very different this year. In lieu of our traditional Homecoming Saturday concert, be lo...
10/12/2020

Homecoming 2020 is going to look very different this year. In lieu of our traditional Homecoming Saturday concert, be looking for video performances of the A Cappella Chorus, coming out later this week. Go Wildcats!

So proud of Haley McNeese ('17), former A Cappella Chorus member! At home or abroad, in hospitals or classrooms, ACU gra...
10/09/2020
Nursing grad finds rewards outweigh challenges at remote hospital in Mexico - ACU Today | Abilene Christian University

So proud of Haley McNeese ('17), former A Cappella Chorus member! At home or abroad, in hospitals or classrooms, ACU graduates are busy doing God's work.

After working for three years as a nurse at a large teaching hospital in Dallas, Haley McNeese (’17) was well-versed in her chosen profession. But she still faced a steep learning curve when she joined Christian Health Service Corps in June to serve at Hospital Mision Tarahumara, working with indi...

We had a great first week back, and we’re ready to do it again! This week, ACU Choirs will rehearse mostly indoors in sm...
08/31/2020

We had a great first week back, and we’re ready to do it again! This week, ACU Choirs will rehearse mostly indoors in small groups.

✅ First day of classes Yesterday’s first day of classes may have looked different than all of our previous ones, but we ...
08/25/2020

✅ First day of classes
Yesterday’s first day of classes may have looked different than all of our previous ones, but we did it!! Big shoutout to everyone for making it such a successful day!

Today is freshmen move-in day!! We want to take this moment to welcome our incoming freshmen, as well as all of our new ...
08/16/2020

Today is freshmen move-in day!! We want to take this moment to welcome our incoming freshmen, as well as all of our new and returning singers!! This is going to be an AMAZING year! 💜

08/03/2020

Our 2020 summer newsletter went out over the weekend. Students, check your email! There’s important information on choir auditions. Three weeks until classes start!

Way to go, Dawson! Dawson is a member of the A Cappella choir and is very involved around campus. #singingcollege
07/25/2020

Way to go, Dawson! Dawson is a member of the A Cappella choir and is very involved around campus. #singingcollege

Congrats to Dawson Maxwell, senior vocal music education major, who conducted in the TCDA Tried & Proven Reading Session today. The conducting coaching he received was unique as the entire conference was online. Dawson, thanks for representing ACU so well!

Questions about Music at ACU? Join us tomorrow at 2:00!
06/01/2020

Questions about Music at ACU? Join us tomorrow at 2:00!

OK Wildcats, share with a prospective student! The Music showcase is June 2.
05/29/2020

OK Wildcats, share with a prospective student! The Music showcase is June 2.

Not sure what to major in? Want to learn more about your area(s) of interest? Register for our virtual academic showcases at acu.edu/visit

05/04/2020

Congrats to the 2020-2021 A Cappella officer team:

President: Jessica Diaz
Vice-President: Hannah Yeates
Secretary: Hannah Davis
Social Director: Jet Coatney
Design Director: Sarina Smith
Historian: Sarita Aguilar
Chaplain: Josh Shuler

05/04/2020

This year's Choral Excellence Award is "unprecedented." Because our students have gone above and beyond, demonstrating grit and grace in these most unusual days, this year’s Choral Excellence Award goes to…

A Cappella Chorus 2019-2020

University Chorale 2019-2020

05/04/2020

We didn't have our Choir Banquet this year, but we still want to honor our "Superlative" choir members...

***A Cappella***

Best Choir Face: Sarita Aguilar, JT Hauser, Collin Jumes, Weston Weast, & Wyatt Witemeyer

Early Bird Gets the Worm: Alivia Atkinson, Jessica Diaz, Lanisha Morris, & Hannah Yeates

Best Consonants: Adrian Rojas

Dressed for Success: Jessica Overton

Million Dollar Smile: Sarita Aguilar & Dawson Maxwell

A Cappella Rookie of the Year: Collin Jumes

***University Chorale***

Best Choir Face: JC Gambill & Meghan Long

Early Bird Gets the Worm: Ben Blackmon &
Chloe Brownwell

Best Consonants: Makenzie Morrison & JD Schlageter

Dressed for Success: Aleira Martin

Million Dollar Smile: Jillian Beckman, Joshayla Conway, Julia Dobbs, & Laurel Ann Wood

***Mr. ACU Choirs: JT Hauser

****Ms. ACU Choirs: Alivia Atkinson

04/10/2020
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One of the longstanding traditions at #ACU is to sing “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” after major campus events. Watch the debut of #ACUVirtualChoir in this special video – our own version of a virtual hug! #ACUTogether #GoodFriday

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04/10/2020

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Tomorrow is #GoodFriday, and we couldn’t think of a better way to honor God’s promise than to share more than 500 voices of light singing “The Lord Bless You and Keep You.” Watch the debut of #ACUVirtualChoir this Friday at 11:30 a.m. CDT.

03/23/2020

ATTENTION MUSICIANS! Don't let COVID-19 discourage you from becoming a part of the ACU Department of Music. We are accepting video auditions for both music majors and non-major participants in our vocal and instrumental ensembles. Video auditions will be given full consideration for music scholarships. All videos are due by April 18, and feel free to take a look at our audition guidelines for other helpful information. We are eager to hear from you! Feel free to contact Laura Logan at [email protected] with any questions.

Looking for a way to stay connected, to keep singing in this time of physical distancing? Be a part of ACU's virtual cho...
03/22/2020
Virtual Choir | Student Productions

Looking for a way to stay connected, to keep singing in this time of physical distancing? Be a part of ACU's virtual choir singing "The Lord Bless You and Keep You." All students, faculty & staff, alumni, and friends of ACU are invited to participate. Submission deadline is March 31. Please share!

Be a Part of ACU's Virtual Choir singing "The Lord Bless You and Keep You"

03/03/2020

Due to the increasing likelihood of significant coronavirus outbreak in the Seattle area, we have canceled the upcoming A Cappella Chorus tour. Several schools in the Seattle/King County area are closed today, and officials are concerned about what may lie ahead in the upcoming days. Caution is warranted, as it’s difficult to determine the extent of infections, and the situation may well escalate rapidly. We are currently exploring options for rescheduling a spring tour and will keep everyone informed.

Thursday's "A Cappella & Friends" concert with Abilene High School will proceed as planned.

Way to go, Shelby! While at ACU, Shelby was an A Cappella choir officer, section leader, and Student Director.
02/24/2020

Way to go, Shelby! While at ACU, Shelby was an A Cappella choir officer, section leader, and Student Director.

Congrats to December 2018 vocal music education graduate, Shelby Simms, on being named Rookie of the Year at Woodland Acres Elementary School in Galena Park ISD. Ms. Simms is one of many amazing ACU music education graduates making a difference in the lives of students every day. Way to go, Shelby!

We were honored to host the Canyon High School Chamber Choir on campus Tuesday. They are on their way to San Antonio to ...
02/12/2020

We were honored to host the Canyon High School Chamber Choir on campus Tuesday. They are on their way to San Antonio to perform at TMEA. Best wishes to Mr. Brandon Farren and the Canyon choir!

It has been a busy (and gratifying) couple of weeks. Congratulations to all of our choral students as they wrapped up an...
12/14/2019

It has been a busy (and gratifying) couple of weeks. Congratulations to all of our choral students as they wrapped up another successful semester. Have a wonderful break, and Merry Christmas from the ACU Choirs.

Come to First Baptist Church in Abilene tonight at 7:30pm for our annual ACU Christmas Vespers concert! It will be live ...
12/08/2019

Come to First Baptist Church in Abilene tonight at 7:30pm for our annual ACU Christmas Vespers concert! It will be live steamed and the link for that can found on the ACU Department of Music page🎄✨🎄🌟

Loved celebrating the holiday season with our A Cappella Choir yesterday at our annual Christmas party!🎄🌟 We’re so thank...
12/07/2019

Loved celebrating the holiday season with our A Cappella Choir yesterday at our annual Christmas party!🎄🌟 We’re so thankful for this group!

Congratulations to the ACU Gospel Choir on their first Christmas Praise concert, directed by Mr. Samuel Cook. Students h...
12/04/2019

Congratulations to the ACU Gospel Choir on their first Christmas Praise concert, directed by Mr. Samuel Cook. Students have been working hard all semester in this brand new choral ensemble. Thank you for lifting our spirits!

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A Cappella Chorus The A Cappella Chorus of Abilene Christian University is dedicated to the study and performance of the finest choral literature of all musical eras. Begun in 1932 by the late Dr. Leonard Burford, it serves as the premier vocal ensemble on the ACU campus. In addition to major performances throughout the academic year, the A Cappella Chorus performs for university and community events and travels on an extended tour each year. The choir has traveled to Germany and Eastern Europe in addition to regular tours throughout Texas. The A Cappella Chorus has performed before the conventions of the Texas Music Educator’s Association (1982, 2005) and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (2004) and regularly collaborates with the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra on major choral-orchestral works, including Ein Deutsches Requiem (Brahms), Messa da Requiem (Verdi), Symphony No. 9 (Beethoven), Carmina Burana (Orff), and Lauda per la nativita del Signore (Respighi). In 2008, the choir performed on a national broadcast of Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. Membership is open to all students in the university through a competitive audition process. Auditions are held at the end of each spring semester. University Chorale The University Chorale of Abilene Christian University is dedicated to the study and performance of quality choral music from the great body of choral repertoire for the church and the concert hall. The choir regularly performs on campus, including the annual Homecoming Concert, Christmas Vespers, and ACU’s Mingle and Jingle. University Chorale meets three days a week during each semester and gives several major concerts a year, including combined performances of major works with the A Cappella Chorus. Membership is open by audition to all students. ACU Chamber Singers The ACU Chamber Singers is a select ensemble whose purpose is to explore the gamut of choral music with particular emphasis on early music and contemporary chamber music. The Chamber Singers perform at campus and community events, contributing to the artistic and academic life of the university. Auditions are highly competitive and are held at the end of the spring semester. Membership is open to all ACU students.

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Here is a link to the livestream of tonight’s Fall Sing Choirs concert if you are unable to make it tonight:
LOVE ABILENE!!!
will we be able to livestream tonight's concert?
No rain delay time adjustment for the concert today?
Will there be live feed for the concert tonight?
is the link to the concert available?