BCE — the initials could easily stand for Beyond the Common Era or Before the Common Era.

The 24-voice ensemble sings a highly specialized, virtuosic repertoire for advanced choral singers, concentrating on music of the 21st century and drawing relationships to its polyphonic roots in early music, primarily that of the Renaissance. This ensemble is only open to music majors.

Faculty Conductor


Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 in D Minor

Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra with combined choirs

Nicholas Cline - Watersheds

Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble with soloists

The Crossing and BCE

Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble