Minneapolis college choir

MUSC 1310 (available for credit and non-credit participation as well as through Continuing Education.)

Director: Liz Pauly

Welcome to the Minneapolis college choir!

Rehearsals begin August 22nd.

Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:00 - 1:15

Meet in Fine Arts 2700 on the Minneapolis College Campus.

If you wish to join choir for credit, visit our online course catalog and register for MUSC 1310.

If you are a student, staff or faculty member and want to join choir, but don't need or want college credit, please contact me directly by email. If you are a community member, you can join too. Find out more through Minneapolis College Continuing Education and Workforce Development.

My school contact information (email, etc.) can be found on my campus directory page.

For more information about the choir, visit the Minneapolis College Choir website.

Meet your director

Welcome and Hello! I'm Liz Pauly, choir director at Minneapolis College. I am passionate about choir and I suspect that you are too.

Along with teaching and conducting, I am a professional singer, and have been fortunate enough to have performed with some incredible groups such as The Dale Warland Singers, The Oregon Bach Festival, VocalEssence and currently The Minnesota Chorale.

In terms of my educational and professional background, I earned my B.A. in Theatre from Viterbo University, then went on for my M.E.P.D. in Choral and General Music Education at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, and followed up with an M.A. and D.M.A in Vocal Performance at the University of Minnesota.

Sometimes choir members wonder what to call me. You are welcome to call me Liz, but if you are uncomfortable with that, you may call me Dr. Liz or Dr. Pauly - I'm fine with any of those variations. My pronouns are she/her/hers.*

If you would like a little more info, you can check out my bio page.

*Why is this important?

About the Choir

The Minneapolis College Choir is made up of members of the Minneapolis College community who love to sing. No previous musical background is required for membership in this chorus, and there is no need to audition. The choir is open to all singers who are willing to work hard, love singing, and love to sing with others.

Over the years, the Choir has been able to collaborate with wonderful choirs such as The Minnesota Chorale, Cantus, StreetSong and the South African group 29:11. Guest artists have included flutist Julie Johnson, master accordionist DeeAnna Langley, multi-instrumentalist Jim Parker and percussionist Ricardo Bennett-Guzman.

The Choir performs music from across the globe, reflecting the diversity of the Minneapolis College campus. While music from the Western art music tradition holds a significant place within the choirs’ repertoire, performances are infused with folk, world, pop, jazz and Gospel traditions. And the Choir has had the opportunity to premier new choral works, including A Glimmering Girl by David Evan Thomas and Good Yule by DeeAnna Langley.


  • Rehearsals will begin on August 22nd.

  • Our COVID protocols will align with decisions made at the state and local levels to keep everyone as safe as possible.

  • Rehearsals will be face-to-face in person. Masks may be optional, again according to state and local COVID protocols. I will continually update this page to reflect changes on our campus. In the meantime, you can find out more about what procedures the school is following by navigating to the College's COVID19 page.

  • The choir rehearsal times are Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:00 - 1:15.

  • There will be a few other dates to put in your calendars. I will provide the choir handbook with dates the first time we meet.

  • If you are registered for credit, there will be a few assignments along with rehearsals. You will access these assignments through D2L Brightspace. There will be a welcome message on the homepage of the course. Just follow the instructions in the announcement to get started.

what you can expect from me

  • I will take creative approaches to music making.

  • I will provide experiences that are meaningful, joyful and musical.

  • I will provide experiences that will help you grow as a musician.

  • I will treat you with dignity and respect and be flexible to support your individual needs.

  • I will keep my sense of humor.

what i will expect from you

  • You will strive to be an active participant in choir and strive to meet due dates (if registered for credit).

  • You will maintain an open line of communication with me so I understand how to support you.

  • You will strive to regularly contribute to choir collaborations to ensure that all of us have a great experience.

  • You will treat your peers with dignity and respect.

  • You will be open to new ways of making music, and new ways of thinking about choir.

  • You will keep your sense of humor.

materials you need to get started

Choir music card - All choir members should purchase online at the college store.

Minnesota State students explain How the Vaccine can help everyone be safer, and make it easier for us all to be back on campus.

Covid19 and Choir

As we found during the pandemic, singing in group settings is considered one of the more risky activities because COVID19 is an airborne disease.

COVID19 Vaccine

The single most effective way to protect yourself and those around you is to get vaccinated. If you are a Minneapolis College student, you can get your vaccine or booster from Boynton Health Clinic on campus. All Minnesotans now have access to a safe, FDA-authorized vaccine for protection against COVID-19. In fact, Minnesota has opened up their vaccine resources for non-Minnesota residents as well. 

State of Minnesota Vaccine Connector


Masks are currently optional on our campus. Do what feels comfortable for you.


If you choose to wear a mask, or if masks are required again, there are special masks that are easier to sing in.

Some features that are helpful are: adjustable earloops, availability in concert black, a fitted nose bridge and ample room for expansion to allow for opening and closing of the mouth.

I have been performing with a mask since returning to the concert stage in July 2021. After having tested several different masks as well as consulted with singer-colleagues, here are a few that I can recommend:

Resonance Mask with disposable bio-filters. I do not have one of these masks, but I have several friends who do. They like it for the comfort of the design (plenty of room to move their jaw and not overly warm) as well as the level of protection. It runs @$30, so not cheap, but if you perform a great deal, it might be worth considering.

VocalEase Mask. This is the mask that I use for most performances and rehearsals. There is plenty of room, and the domed design keeps the mask away from your mouth which makes singing easier. Out of all the masks out there, this one causes the least amount of distortion to your sound - your consonants can be heard, and your voice is not muffled. However, it can get a little warm, it is somewhat hot, breathing in it is sometimes challenging, and it is a bit spendy at @$40. However, if you perform a great deal, it is worth considering, especially for its lack of distortion.

JW Pepper - Masks for Singers - I have not tried any of these masks, so have no specific recommendations. But there are several to choose from, with a variety of options.

N95 and K95 Masks - For a higher level of safety, you might consider this type of mask. They are available in black, which is what you should plan on if you plan to use it for choir.

Commitment to Anti-Racism

The murder of George Floyd in May of 2020, followed by the murder of Daunte Wright less than a year later have placed the Twin Cities at the heart of our nation’s racial reckoning. Our campus has dedicated itself to anti-racism, and the Choir is committed to being collaborators and accomplices on this journey. To this end, the Choir has made songs from The Justice Choir Songbook and the We Rise Songbook part of their regular repertoire. Links to both books can be found below. Some of the repertoire we sing "on repeat" include More Waters Rising from We Rise, and Lift Every Voice and Sing, Resilience and Love Is Love Is Love from Justice Choir, in case you want to get a jump on learning this music. In addition, decisions in performances, repertoire, etc. are made with an anti-racist lens.

Our musical life during the pandemic

Read this article on our experiences singing during the pandemic.

Music REsources

The resources below are free, and will include some of the music that we will sing in choir. Download them and look them over - I think you will be amazed by the richness of the offerings here.

The Justice choir Songbook

This wonderful resource was imagined and started right here in the Twin Cities. This is free, and all music contained in it is licensed under the Creative Commons license, but this link will take you to a Paypal site where you can choose to donate a small amount to keeping this book growing. Donation is optional but appreciated.

We Rise Songbook

In the words of the creators of this amazing resource, the We Rise songbook "draws on a rich history of social movement music, both old and new. From Spirituals to Labor songs, from Freedom Songs of the Civil Rights Movement to the music rising up from our struggles today, this compilation of movement music is meant to give people ways to join. To remember. To affirm. To honor. To rage. To celebrate. To practice new ways of being in relationship with one another and the earth. To envision and create a world that is just and habitable for future generations."

Course Access

Resources and assignments for choir members enrolled for credit will be provided on D2L. Members not enrolled for credit will not need D2L access.

Access to D2L begins August 22nd.

one last thing

Live performance opportunities have been sporadic over the past few years. Because of this, I took part in Eric Whitacre's most recent virtual choir, Virtual Choir 6 - Sing Gently. I joined a choir made up of 17,572 singers from all over the globe. And no, I can't find my picture, but you'll see my name in the credits. I thought you all might appreciate this.

Image credits

Banner image: Minneapolis College Marketing.

Instructor Bio Image: Mitch Thomas

About the choir: Photo by Joshua Hoehne on Unsplash

Index cards: Image by strichpunkt from Pixabay

Headphones: Image by Pexels from Pixabay

Human Heart: Image by Minneapolis College Marketing