University Choir CD Release Concert

Millikin University Choir announces their release of the brand new CD "Exsultate!." Click to read more and straem a song.

To celebrate the release of their new “Exsultate!” Cd before they embark on their 10 day trip to Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia, the group plans to perform and arrangement of pieces from their January tour with a few additions before they leave. The concert will be at Westminster church on Fairview Ave. across from Millikin on Saturday May 17th starting at 5:00pm. First Step will be selling Cds for $10.00 in the main lobby.

Millikin University Choir Announces the Release of “Exsultate!”



The new Cd is released on May 17th during their upcoming farewell concert before embarking on a 10 day tour to the Baltic regions. The choir, under the direction of Brad Holmes, recorded a 13 track Cd at St. Pats Cathedral in Pana, IL during their January tour throguh the midwest. Visit First Step Records store for more information and how to purchase a copy. The Cd will also be available for download on iTunes.

Come out to “Jazz Bash” this Saturday

Join the Millikin University Jazz ensembles, including One Voice, Latin Jazz, and our Jazz Bands as we play 3 hours of music starting at 2:00 on Saturday, May 10 at LSB off of Oakland Ave. CDs will be available for purchase at this time.

OneVoice Releases Fourth Jazz CD “Freedom is a Voice”

A culmination of four years in the making, “Freedom is a Voice” features the very best recordings in the four years since “Esperanto.” The group, made up of usually eight voices, under the direction of Stephen Widenhofer, provides variations of tight chorded jazz singing accompanied by a vibrant band fill of talented session players. Be sure to check it out and get your copy today!

Looking for Brad Holmes’s “Noel”?

Noel (Cover)  Click on Publishing in the pull-down menu at the top of the page, and navigate to Publishing Store to purchase using Paypal.

If you are a school or other institution and do not have a paypal account, contact First Step Records faculty adviser Matt Talbott directly via email ( He’ll get you the piece and arrange invoicing.


In its ninth year of production, First Step Records is a student operated record label and publishing company providing hands-on experience in the business of music. Located at Millikin University in Decatur, IL, the label seeks to provide opportunities for students, faculty, and alumni artists.

Our Mission
First Step is a student-run record label and publishing company that supports and promotes the diverse, quality music of Millikin University.

Our Vision
Our vision as a record label and publishing company is…

To establish the reputation of music at Millikin University to the wider community
To provide a meaningful learning experience within the music industry

Our Philosophy

We believe…
The product we produce exceeds industry standards.
That we are a commercial outlet for Millikin University’s established and emerging artists.
In the importance of creativity and innovation within our organization