TSU's premier small vocal ensemble

TSU Meistersingers
The Meistersingers of Tennessee State University is the premier chamber choral ensemble at TSU. It is an auditioned choral ensemble and many members also participate in TSU's larger choral ensemble, the University Choir. The original Meistersingers were formed in the 1940s under the direction of Dr. Eddie Goins, Professor of Voice and director of the University Choir. Only outstanding students in voice were chosen to become members. Consequently, the original Meistersingers consisted of twelve to sixteen members. They were the Ambassadors for the University, performing for special functions in the state of Tennessee as well as traveling to other states. This group continued to gain popularity for several years and in the late 1950s dissolved. After the death of Dr. Goins in 1979, the Meistersingers emerged in his memory. The current Meistersingers, under the direction of Dr. Susan Kelly, consists of twelve to sixteen members and is open to both music majors and non-music majors. The ensemble performs a wide variety of choral literature, from Renaissance to African-American Spirituals. Recent performances have included spotlight chamber ensemble performances at the TMEA state conference and several performances with the Nashville Philharmonic, including the premiere of Anthony Plog's Magdalene: A Cantata, which honors the work done by Magdalene House and Thistle Farms. Additionally, members of the Meistersingers have been chosen to participate in regional and national ACDA collegiate honor choirs.

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