The Grand Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Kimberly Dunn Adams, is the largest choral ensemble at Western Michigan University, involving approximately 200 singers. Membership includes the three major vocal ensembles - the University Chorale, Women's Chorus, and Collegiate Singers - and also comprises a dedicated core of singers from the Kalamazoo and University communities. A 5-minute voice-placement audition is required to join Grand Chorus, and no singers are rejected. Once a singer is on the roster for Grand Chorus, that singer never needs to re-audition.
Kimberly Dunn Adams is the chorus' eleventh conductor. Previous conductors have been Harper C. Maybee, the first chairman of Western's Department of Music; Elwyn Carter; Thomas Hardie; William Appel; Mel Ivey; Thomas Kasdorf; Craig Arnold; Joe Miller; James K. Bass; and Ronnie Oliver, Jr.
The Grand Chorus has performed with the Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra and the Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, and Detroit symphonies. Major works performed include Jeanne d'Arc (Honnegger), Requiem (Verdi), Te Deum (Berlioz), Belshazzar's Feast (Walton), Messiah (Handel), L'Enfance du Christ (Berlioz), A German Requiem (Brahms), Symphony Number 9 (Beethoven), War Requiem (Britten), Hodie (Vaughan-Williams), Magnificat (Bach), King David (Honnegger), Missa Solemnis (Beethoven), Requiem (Berlioz), Symphony Number 8 (Mahler), Requiem (Mozart), Prologue to Mephistopheles (Boito), Carmina Burana (Orff), Symphony Number 2 (Mahler), Elijah (Mendelssohn), and Dream of Gerontius (Elgar).
If you're interested in singing with Grand Chorus in the future but unable to join immediately, we'll add you to our roster and notify you of future auditions, rehearsals, and performances. To be placed on our general roster for Grand Chorus, please send an email to Kimberly Dunn Adams with your name, voice part, and contact information.