About the Men's Chorus
The Saint John's University Men's Chorus was organized by Fr. Bartholomew Sayles, OSB of the Saint John's Abbey in 1948. Fr. James Kelly, OSB conducted the choir until 1958 and Gerhard Track until 1969, when Axel Theimer, the present director, joined the music faculty at St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict. Until 1960, annual tours concentrated mainly on Minnesota and the surrounding states. In 1960, the choir made the first of many trips to Europe. The majority of performances, however, are still scheduled in the north central states.
Throughout its history, the SJU Men's Chorus has received numerous international prizes and awards and has appeared regularly on regional and national broadcasts, such as Great Choirs of America, Voice of America, and at local, state, and regional music conventions sponsored by organizations such as the MMEA and the ACDA.
Auditions are held every fall, at the beginning of a new academic year, and are open to all students, First Year to Senior. Previous choral experience is not necessary. The students of the Saint John's University Men's Chorus represent a wide variety of musical background, talent, and choral experience. In general, students join in the first year at Saint John's and are encouraged, time and schedule permitting, to remain in the choir throughout their college years.