Bemidji State University offers vocal ensembles that are open to all students and for many are a family away from home. The music department’s ensembles are a great way to meet other students, refine your vocal talents, broaden your horizons, and destress through music.

The Bemidji Choir

Bemidji Choir

The Bemidji Choir is Bemidji State’s SATB audition choir directed by Dr. Dwight Jilek. It is open to all students and is a regionally and nationally traveling choir. The Bemidji Choir also travels internationally every 3 years and has been internationally recognized, representing the United States five times at the international choral festival.

Follow this link to fill out your information prior to your audition time: https://forms.office.com/r/ZkYp795MAg

Click here for more information about The Bemidji Choir.

Contact: Dwight Jilek Dwight.jilek@bemidjistate.edu


Chamber Singers

BSU Chamber Singers rehearse at First Lutheran Church
The BSU Chamber Singers rehearse J.S. Bach’s motet, “Lobet den Herrn”, at First Lutheran Church in Bemidji in April of 2018. The performance included the recently renovated Casavant Freres organ, which features the only Ojibwe flute stop in the world.

The Chamber Singers are a group of 8-16 singers chosen from the Bemidji State Choir. This ensemble has performed at prestigious locations such as Carnegie Hall in 2015. The genres of music performed by this ensemble are ancient, Renaissance, Baroque, and Early Classical eras.

Contact: Dwight Jilek Dwight.jilek@bemidjistate.edu


Bel Canto Women’s Chorus

Damenstimmen Group Performance

Bel Canto is BSU’s non-audition women’s chorus. It requires less of a time commitment than the Bemidji Choir and is popular with students who have a busy schedule or are not part of the music department.

Click here for more information or to join Bel Canto Women’s Chorus

Contact: James Bowyer james.bowyer@bemidjistate.edu


Musikanten Men’s Chorus

Musikanten Group Performance

Musikanten is a non-audition men’s chorus, the counterpart to Dammenstimen. This ensemble specializes in music for events such as Opera Night, or Musical Theater. To join, register for Vocal Ensemble.

Click here for more information or to join Musikanten Men’s Chorus

Contact: Dwight Jilek Dwight.jilek@bemidjistate.edu


Opera Theater

Participating in Bemidji State’s Opera theater allows students to experience a variety of performances and gain experience both in the spotlight and backstage. There is a wide range of opportunities including acting, singing, stage management, lighting, and much more.

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Contact: Cory Renbarger cory.renbarger@bemidjistate.edu