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.
AUDITIONS for 2017-2018 have been completed, but you can still be a part of the Damenstimmen Women’s Chorus and the Musikanten Men’s Chorus!
Please contact Dr. Dwight Jilek to ask any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year, The Bemidji Choir is celebrating our 80th Anniversary! Alumni can join Dr. Paul Brandvik and Dr. Dwight Jilek for a special Reunion Choir performance on Saturday, September 23, during Homecoming.
NOTE: THE PERFORMANCE VENUE HAS BEEN CHANGED TO THE COVENANT CHURCH IN BEMIDJI, LOCATED AT 5405 Hart Ln NW, Bemidji, MN 56601.
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.This year, the choir is planning a tour to Latvia, Estonia, and Finland, along with a performance at Carnegie Hall in New York.
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.