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Choral Ensembles

Concert choir

Concert Choir

Concert Choir is an auditioned, select choir consisting of 35-45 voices that performs a wide variety of short and medium-length choral compositions by significant composers from early classics to notable contemporary works. The repertoire encompasses a unique variety of primarily a cappella music and/or music accompanied by light instrumentation.

MUS 0230-001 Concert Choir (Syllabus Spring 2017), meets Wednesdays 1:00-1:50pm; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:00-3:15pm. Contact: Richard Robert Rossi

University Mixed Chorus

The University Mixed Chorus is an ensemble of mixed voices that studies and performs a variety of choral literature from early Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque classics to notable contemporary works and large Oratorio works accompanied by the Eastern Symphony Orchestra and/or the Eastern Symphony Chamber Orchestra. Open to all university students interested in singing. Music majors and minors may count up to six semester hours toward graduation. Non-music may count four semester hours toward graduation.

MUS 0231-001 University Mixed Chorus (Syllabus Spring 2017) meets Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays, 1:00-1:50pm.

Camerata Singers

EIU ChoirCamerata Singers is a select choral ensemble that performs madrigals and other choral literature appropriate for a chamber choir with special emphasis on music before 1750. The repertoire encompasses a unique variety of primarily a cappella music and/or music accompanied by light instrumentation.

MUS 0233-001 Camerata (Syllabus Spring 2017), meets Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6:00-7:30pm.  Contact: Richard Robert Rossi




Additional information about the choral ensembles is available on the following pages:


Graduate Conductors

Cameron Douglas Craig is a professor laureate (2010-2011) in the Department of Geology/Geography at Eastern Illinois University. Mr. Craig currently oversees the Broadcast Meteorology program and works with his meteorology students at WEIUs EMMY award winning news program, “NewsWatch.” In addition to his duties, he created the film production company, Tempestas et Caelum Productions, that allows students to have a platform for creating documentary films for regional PBS stations and classrooms around the world. His newest acquisition is “TCPArts” for the purpose of training students how to film and edit concerts in Doudna and to promote the music department’s talent on a grand scale.

His return to music originates from his youth and as an undergraduate at Indiana State University. A former vocal performance major, Mr. Craig is currently working toward receiving a Master of Arts in Conducting at Eastern Illinois University where he studies with Dr. Rossi. Mr. Craig also writes music that has been used in all of his documentary films.

Mr. Craig’s ultimate goal is to combine all of his fields of study, geography, history, broadcast meteorology and music, to understand the growth, influence and culture of the human spirit to pass on to his students.

Clinton Wayne Johnson is a graduate student at Eastern Illinois University pursuing a Master of Arts in Music, with a concentration in conducting. Clinton is originally from South Dakota where he earned his Bachelors in Music Education at the University of South Dakota in 2011. During his time at USD, Clinton worked as camp counselor, section leader, assistant director, and electronic music teacher at the Upper Midwest Music Camp. After graduating, Clinton worked as substitute teacher in South Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska. Prior to attending EIU, Clinton worked at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City for three years. While at WITCC Clinton’s duties included Director of Choirs, teaching Music Appreciation and Fundamentals of Music courses, initiating a wind instrument methods course, voice lessons, and organizing annual Lewis and Clark Jazz Festival.

In his spare time, Clinton was active within community theatre and local church choirs. In 2015 Clinton assisted with the creation of a Christian worship team which concentrated on recent popular Christian music. The service was held at Grace United Methodist Church in Sioux City, IA. Clinton helped find and prepare music, and acted as lead vocals.

Currently Clinton is becoming more involved within Charleston, and is extremely excited for the next two years at EIU where he is studying conducting with Dr. Rossi.

Michael Brandon Morales is in his second year of graduate choral conducting studies under Dr. Richard Robert Rossi. A native of Northern California, Michael earned a BA in Drama from University of California, Irvine in 2009; and a post-baccalaureate degree in Vocal Performance from Sonoma State University in 2013, graduating summa cum laude, where he studied with Ruth Ann Swenson and Marie Plette.

As a conductor, Michael served as music director at Eden United Church of Christ in Hayward California from 2013-2015. He has also spent the past five summers working for Chanticleer as an assistant director for the LAB Skills workshop under Ben Johns.

A countertenor, Michael has performed as a soloist and chorister around the San Francisco Bay Area. Most notably, he recorded at Skywalker Ranch with the Berkeley-based Pacific Mozart Ensemble, and can be heard as a featured soloist on their album Brubeck & American Poets.

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Doudna Fine Arts Center
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920

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