Men's Chorus

Director: Jefferson Johnson          Course No.: MUC 192, 003          Class schedule: TTh, 2:00-3:15 p.m.

Audition Requirements: Includes majors and non-majors, freshmen through seniors. Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester and are open to the entire university community. Check with the ensemble director for details.

Fall 2018 Auditions: Tuesday, August 21, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Fine Arts Building Room 10. No preparation required. Sign up for your audition time slot on the door of Room 10, Fine Arts Building, the week before classes begin.

The UK Men’s Chorus is an 80-voice ensemble composed of students who range from freshmen to graduate students. These young men represent a variety of musical backgrounds and academic disciplines. Begun in the Fall of 2002, the Men’s Chorus has grown in size and popularity each semester. The choir’s challenging and diverse repertoire includes literature that spans from Gregorian chant to music of the 21st century. Rehearsing only twice weekly, the Men’s Chorus maintains an active performing schedule throughout the state of Kentucky, touring each semester.

The Men’s Chorus has achieved several distinguished honors in recent years.  Most notably, the Men’s Chorus was selected to perform at the prestigious 2011 American Choral Directors Association National Conference and at the 2012 ACDA Southern Division Conference.  Both of these appearances earned standing ovations and national acclaim for the chorus.

In 2004 they were featured performers at the Kentucky Music Educators Association conference in Louisville, KY. In 2006 they were guest artists with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Brahms’ “Alto Rhapsody” and that Spring they were the only Men’s Chorus in the country to be selected to perform at the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) National Convention in Salt Lake City. In the Fall of 2006 the Men’s Chorus was again honored by being the only Men’s Chorus in the United States to be featured at the inaugural convention of the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) in San Antonio, TX.

The Men’s Chorus is dedicated to promoting and celebrating male singing at all stages and for all ages. The group hosts an event each year called “Male Chorus Day” where hundreds of high school and middle school students come to campus and learn male chorus literature and techniques.

If you are interested in joining the UK Men’s Chorus, contact our director Dr. Jeff Johnson at

Also, check out UK's acapella small ensemble for men: The acoUstiKats.

ACDA 2011 National Convention Performance (iTunes)

ACDA Southern Division Conference 2012 Performance University of Kentucky Men's Chorus with Shorter University Chorale (iTunes)

"The University of Kentucky Men's Chorus has been a unique and rewarding experience for me, both musically and socially. It's a great way to get acclimated to college life, and the many performance and travel opportunities are a great way to stay involved and further develop the passion we all share." -Andrew Miller, Vocal Performance major

"Men's Chorus is an amazing opportunity for male students regardless of musical background or knowledge to come together and create music." -Austin Norrid, Choral Music Education and Spanish double major

"Dr. Johnson really does an incredible job of conducting.  These guys actually want to be here and make music.  Over my first year, some of the most memorable moments have come from all of these guys.  Men's Chorus is awesome!" -Bill Sheehy, Biology major