Power of Music @ Eastern Michigan University

Music has been fundamental to the founding of the University, the growth of its students, and its connections to the community.



This Library Guide was created by a Historic Preservation graduate class including these students: 

Lindsay Dascola

Annie Gaston

Heather Lehman

Alicia Whitcome

Alexander Whydell 


The students would like to thank the following people. This exhibit would not have happened without them!

Thank you!

Patrick Barry, Jr.

Alexis Braun Marks

Debra Burke

Dr. Matthew Cook

Amber Davis

Dr. Debra Gombert

Larry Hutchinson

Matt Jones

Walter Kraft

Dr. Theresa Merrill

Luis Pena

Music Therapy Center

Music Performance Groups

Eastern Michigan University has supported numerous music performance groups through the years. Some groups, such as the choir, have been around since the music school's founding. Others, like the Madrigal Singers, have come and gone. There have been university-sanctioned groups like the orchestra and the marching band, as well as student-led groups like the Gospel Choir. No matter when these music groups originated or how long they lasted, they all demonstrate the importance of music to countless Eastern Michigan University students.

EMU has over a dozen ensembles including the Symphonic Band, Chambers Singers, the EMU Men's Choir, the EMU Jazz Ensemble, the African Ensemble, and the Concert Band, among others. We have included some recent performances of some of these groups, below. There is so much talent at Eastern Michigan University!


The Choir and Orchestra in a joint performance.

Music Groups

The Michigan State Normal College Orchestra, 1935

Ukelele Club, 1926

The Men's Glee Club, 1927

The Michigan State Normal College Marching Band, 1931

The Michigan State Normal College Choir Christmas Concert, 1934

The Michigan State Normal College Choir, 1931

Women's Varsity Band, 1926

The Michigan State Normal College Orchestra, 1931

Some Recent Performances of EMU Musical Groups