Like everyone in the nation, Bemidji State University is giving careful consideration to the emerging and rapidly changing health crisis related to the COVID-19 virus.
In accordance with directives recently given from the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities, we believe that it is in the best interest of all involved to indefinitely postpone all performances of the 2020 Spring Concert Tour from March 19–24.
For the latest information on our response to the developing coronavirus situation, please view our website at bemidjistate.edu/coronavirus or contact:
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Bemidji State Music Department
The Bemidji Choir, founded in 1937 by Carl O. Thompson, is the premier ensemble at Bemidji State University. Membership is by audition, and is open to all majors.
The Bemidji Choir was accepted by audition to perform at the 2001, 2006, and 2009 MMEA Midwinter Conventions, the 2006 North Dakota MENC Convention, the 2001 and 2015 Minnesota ACDA Fall Conventions, the 2002 ACDA North Central Division Convention in Des Moines, and the 2003 ACDA National Convention in New York City. The choir has also gained an international reputation for excellence, representing the United States five times at the international choral festival, The Europa Cantat in France, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, and Spain; and at the Zimriya, the World Assembly of Choirs in Israel.
Each year the Bemidji Choir takes a regional/national tour during the spring semester, and an international tour every three years. The choir recently traveled to Latvia and Estonia in May of 2018.
The Bemidji Choir has been under the direction of only four conductors since its inception: Mr. Carl O. Thompson 1937-1967, Dr. Paul Brandvik 1967-1998, Dr. P. Bradley Logan 1998-2015, and Mrs. Patricia Mason 2016 (interim). Dr. Dwight Jilek is the current conductor of the Bemidji Choir.