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Knox College Choir

Knox College Choir

The Knox College Choir is the premier choral ensemble of the College. Members of the choir come from a variety of backgrounds and academic interests. Under the direction of Professor Laura Lane, the choir performs concerts each term and tours annually. Comprised of roughly 55 individuals possessing a wide variety of majors and minors, the choir is an extremely diverse group of students that continuously strive for one goal: to share with others their passion for singing.


Jaakko Mantyjarvi working with the Knox Chamber Singers.

Knox and Monmouth Choirs Host Composer, Perform World Premiere of New Work

During a six-day residency, renowned composer Jaakko Mäntyjärvi is working with students from Knox and Monmouth Colleges on a new work commissioned by the two colleges. The world premiere of the work will be performed at a festival featuring six area choirs on May 2.


Abbie Betinis with Laura Lane

Abbie Betinis works with the Knox College Choir on our commissioned piece, At a Window

The choir's fall 2013 concert featured the world premiere of a work composed for the choir by internationally known composer Abbie Betinis, based on a poem by renowned Galesburg writer Carl Sandburg. Listen to the piece:

Choir Tours

The choir tours every year during spring break, with a European tour every three or four years. In March 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2008 the choir toured Barcelona and the Catalán region of Spain, and in 2006 and 2012 the choir performed at the famed Paraninfo of the University of Barcelona. In the past few years, the choir has also toured England, Austria, Czech Republic, Washington, D.C., Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, and New York City.

The Choir performed at Carnegie Hall in March 2005 and again in March 2013 under the baton of their own Laura Lane. View their blog to read more about their journey.

2013-2014 Concert Schedule
October 19, 2013 Homecoming Alumni Choir
Kresge Recital Hall, Ford Center for the Fine Arts, Knox College
10:00 a.m., Special Concert for Alumni, 8:00 p.m.
November 3, 2013 Fall Concert
Kresge Recital Hall, Ford Center for the Fine Arts, Knox College
3:00 p.m.
January 20, 2014 Martin Luther King Day Convocation
Harbach Theatre, Ford Center for the Fine Arts, Knox College
11:00 a.m.
March 2, 2014 Send-Off Concert
First Christian Church
31 North Broad Street, Galesburg
3:00 p.m.
March 17, 2014 Spring Tour 2014
First Presbyterian Church
2701 Rochester Avenue, Iowa City, Iowa
7:30 p.m.
March 18, 2014 Spring  Tour 2014
St. Anne's Church
317 N. 3rd Street, Le Sueur, Minnesota
7:30 p.m.
March 19, 2014 Spring Tour 2014
St. Mary's Church
1895 Laurel Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota
7:30 p.m.
March 20, 2014 Spring Tour 2014
Wildwood Presbyterian Church
18630 W. Old Gages Lake Road, Grayslake, Illinois
7:30 p.m.
March 22, 2014 Spring Tour 2014
Divine Word International
2001 Waukegan Road, Techny, Illinois
7:30 p.m.
March 23, 2014 Spring Tour 2014
Joint Concert with Kantorei
Westminster Presbyterian Church
2821 N. Bell School Road, Rockford, Illinois
7:30 p.m.
March 28, 2014 Home Tour Concert
Kresge Recital Hall, Ford Center for the Fine Arts, Knox College
7:30 p.m.
April 15, 2014 Community Service
Trinity Lutheran Church
304 E Ferris St., Galesburg
10:40 a.m. - 1:10 p.m.
May 2, 2014 Jaakko Mantyjarvi Concert
Central Congregational Church
60 Public Square, Galesburg
7:30 p.m.
May 9, 2014 Spring Concert
Kresge Recital Hall, Ford Center for the Fine Arts, Knox College
7:30 p.m.
June 7, 2014 Commencement 2014
South Lawn, Old Main, Knox College
10:00 a.m.

Choir Concerts
All of the choir's concerts present a remarkably broad range of repertoire, including:

  • Renaissance motets
  • Large choral works by Bach, Mozart, and Brahms
  • World music
  • Contemporary works by American composers such as Eric Whitacre
  • World premieres of commissioned works by Daniel Godsil, Abbie Betinis, and Jaakko Mantyjarvi

The choir has worked with many talented composers and guest conductors, including Abbie Betinis, Rollo Dilworth, Moses Hogan, Dale Warland, Timothy Stalter, Ruth Watson Henderson, and Thea Musgrave.

Over the past decade, the choir has released several compact discs, including recordings from their 2010 and 2008 Spain tour, the 2006 Spain tour, their 2005 concert tour, the 2003 Spain tour, the 2002 U.S. tour, the 1999 Vienna, Salzburg and Prague tour, and the 1995 tour of England.

Choir Auditions
Auditions for the Knox College Choir are held every fall during orientation week for first-year students, and in May for returning students. A prepared piece is not required for choir auditions. Prospective students interested in singing at Knox are welcome to audition for a vocal scholarship with Dr. Laura Lane. A prepared solo piece IS required for the scholarship audition. Learn more about scholarship auditions.