Fine Arts Music Groups

Collegiate Chorale

A non-auditioned vocal ensemble, chorale is open to all faculty, staff and students of the Union College community. This ensemble is primarily for the non-serious vocalist who would enjoy choral singing with vocal development, music notation reading and quality literature of moderate difficulty. The primary emphasis is on community, fun and performing accessible but quality choral literature.


A rigorously-auditioned select choir, the Unionaires has been a Union College tradition for more than 50 years. Auditions take place the first two weeks of the school year and are comprehensive in scope. There are tours and trips each semester of which the annual Kansas City Mission Medical Center "Celebration of Thanksgiving" and the Christmas vespers concert are highlights. Every two to three years a major tour is organized to a national or international venue. The Unionaires have traveled to each coast and have made extensive tours in the Midwest area.

The Twelve

Since its inception in 1995, the Union College Octet has had the top singers on the Union campus who are interested and dedicated to serious music-making and singing. They have traveled to every coast and Canada, Alaska and Russia. Members are selected from the Unionaires personnel for their talent, interest, dedication and interpersonal skills. They must represent all that Union College stands for in Christian standards and in musical excellence. In 2007, this group became "The Twelve" after adding a member to each section. Ever since, it has been comprised of between eight and twelve students, depending on the year.

Concert Winds

The official band of Union College open for all students who play a band instrument. The band is known for taking tours throughout the entire midwest, and at the end of each semester performs a concert for anyone who wishes to hear music.

Brass Union

A small elite brass ensemble comprised of students. Anyone who plays a brass instrument is welcome to join!

Saxophone Quartet

A student led quartet comprised of two alto, one tenor and one baritone saxophone. The repertoire is a mixture of classical and modern spiritual arrangements. Quartet meets if enough saxophonists arrive.

Union College Chamber Orchestra

Union College's string orchestra. The selection of songs ranges from classical to contemporary. The orchestra also accompanies piano soloists who perform recitals during spring semester.

Golden Cords Quartet

A selective string quartet. Composed of a cello, two violins, and a viola. Tours the Midwest and performs for Union College events and area churches. Led by Dr. Edward Allen.