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The Saint John’s University Men’s Chorus was organized by one of the brothers of the Saint John’s Abbey. 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.
Everybody attending Saint John’s is encouraged to participate in choral activities. Previous choral experience is not necessary, though auditions for some choirs are required. The students in the choirs of Saint John’s represent a wide variety of musical background, talent, and choral experience. In general, students join choirs in the first year at Saint John’s and are encouraged, time and schedule permitting, to remain in the choir throughout their college years.
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 and regional music conventions.