Choral and Vocal Music

The Friends University Music Program is ready to serve you as you prepare for your college career. You'll see we provide a showcase of artistic excellence, and we're thrilled to have the opportunity to share our enthusiasm, energy and artistry with you!

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Broadway, classical, world music and more! Known for stirring performances at home and abroad, the sounds of Friends University choirs range from the intimacy of the Jazz Vocal Ensemble to the majesty of the 200-voice Choral Union. Under the leadership of Dr. Mark Bartel, Dr. Paul Brodene Smith, Rolaine Hetherington, Craig Curry and special guest conductors, the voices of Friends University are sure to inspire you!

Concert Choir

Singing Quakers

Theatre

Vocal Jazz Ensemble

FALL 2014 EVENTS

90TH ANNIVERSARY SINGING QUAKERS CONCERT
Oct. 4, 2014 @ 7 p.m.
Sebits Auditorium
Free admission
Come help us celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Singing Quakers. This concert will feature the Singing Quaker Alumni Choir, the current Singing Quakers, and a special portion including any attending Singing Quakers Alumni.

JAZZ VOCAL ENSEMBLE & JAZZ ENSEMBLE II CONCERT
Nov. 7, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sebits Auditorium
$9 adults, $6 seniors/students

Enjoy a fun evening of jazz featuring the incredibly tight harmonies of the Jazz Vocal Ensemble as well as the swingin' big band sounds of Jazz Ensemble II.

SINGING QUAKERS ALUMNI CHOIR CONCERT
Nov. 8, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m.
Eastminster Presbyterian Church
1958 N. Webb Rd., Wichita, KS
$12 adults, $10 seniors/students

The Singing Quaker Alumni Choir is directed by Dr. Cecil J. Riney. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

INSPIRED BY SHAKESPEARE - OPERA SCENES BASED ON SHAKESPEARE'S WORKS
Nov. 22, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sebits Auditorium
Free admission

Join us for this Opera Workshop performance.

CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT CONCERT
Dec. 5-6, 2014 @ 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 7, 2014 @ 2 p.m.
Sebits Auditorium
$16 adults, $13 seniors/students

Celebrate the message of Christmas with this beloved tradition featuring the Friends University choirs.

SPRING 2015 EVENTS

CHORAL CONNECTIONS CONCERT WITH GUEST CONDUCTOR DR. KEVIN FENTON
Feb. 5, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sebits Auditorium
$7 adults, $5 seniors/students

The Friends University choirs and Jazz Vocal Ensemble will share the stage with some of Kansas’ top high school choirs. The concert features guest conductor Dr. Kevin Fenton.

JAZZ VOCAL INVITATIONAL CONCERT WITH THE DENA DEROSE TRIO
Feb. 20, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sebits Auditorium
$9 adults, $6 seniors/students

The Friends University Jazz Vocal Ensemble will host jazz choirs from around the area as part of the 22nd Annual Friends University Jazz Festival celebration.

SINGING QUAKERS HOME CONCERT "VENIMOS CANTEMOS!" (COME LET US SING)
March 28, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m.
March 29, 2015 @ 2 p.m.
Sebits Auditorium
$16 adults, $13 seniors/students

From traditional to avant garde and from folksongs to gospel, the Singing Quakers present a wide range of choral classics in this annual concert. This year's performace will feature the pieces that will be performed on their Costa Rica tour this May.

CONCERT CHOIR SPRING CONCERT "LOST AND FOUND MUSICAL TREASURES"
March 31, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sebits Auditorium
$16 adults, $13 seniors/students
Join us for the annual Concert Choir spring concert.

JAZZ VOCAL ENSEMBLE CONCERT
April 2, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sebits Auditorium
$9 adults, $6 seniors/students

Join us for the last Jazz Vocal Ensemble concert of the school year. This concert will highlight the seniors.

SYMPHONY OF SPRING "TAKE FLIGHT"
April 24-25, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m.
April 26, 2015 @ 2 p.m.
Sebits Auditorium
$16 adults, $13 seniors/students

This Broadway showcase presents up-tempo dance numbers, moving ballads and the majesty of the full orchestra and chorus.

CONCERT CHOIR COFFEEHOUSE
April 26, 2015 @ 7 p.m.
Casado Campus Center
Free

This annual fundraiser is an anticipated event every spring as choir members share their talents and favorite cookies. There will be coffee mugs available for sipping java while enjoying the performance.