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Doug Carnes named GNU’s new director

Changing the world through music is Great Northern Union’s vision. Now that dream is one shared with its new director. 

The Great Northern Union Chorus is proud to announce the hiring of its newest front-line director: Doug Carnes, of Dix Hills, New York.


‘Homeward Bound’ explores meaning of home

The word “home” has meaning to us all, especially during the holidays.

Through songs and spoken stories, two world classes vocal ensembles are coming together this holiday season to explore and celebrate the meaning “home” has for all of us.

The Great Northern Union and City of Lakes choruses will jointly perform “Homeward Bound” on Dec. 12-13 at the Hopkins High School Auditorium.


Real Men Sing will raise voices from across Minnesota


Young men, older men, all men should sing.


That will be the primary lesson next month when young men from more than 30 Twin Cities area schools participate in Great Northern Union’s third annual Real Men Sing festival.

During the one-day singing festival on Oct. 3, more than 200 students from area schools* will form two choirs, a seventh- through ninth-grade choir and a 10th-grade through college-age choir.

Great Northern Union’s musical director, Douglas Carnes, will lead and coach the older choir.


Carnes takes GNU helm after Convention appearances

Wearing neckties old and new, Great Northern Union members welcomed their new director July 9.

Douglas Carnes, who is a necktie aficionado, took the helm of GNU as the chorus's fourth director in its 30-year history.

Carnes, who relocated to the Twin Cities area from Dix Hills, N.Y., has had a busy few weeks leading up to his official start with GNU. He spent the week prior in Pittsburgh at the Barbershop Harmony Society's International Convention, where he was featured in a Harmony Foundation video for his efforts at bringing the barbershop art form to his students at Democracy Prep Middle School in Harlem, N.Y. Carnes and three of his (now former) students later sang "My Wild Irish Rose" together on stage at the CONSOL Energy Center.