Longview Civic Chorus Seeks Singers for 2018-2019


07-31-2018

LeTourneau University Director of Fine Arts Dr. Jim Taylor is recruiting singers for the Longview Civic Chorus.

The LCC comprises 40 to 50 singers, including high school students through adults.  Members include music professionals and church choir singers who desire to sing more challenging music for the mid-to-large-sized chorus.  A $75 tuition fee each semester is due to LETU, which covers costs of sheet music, accompanist, director, hall and other costs.

The LCC rehearses from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday evenings in room 117 of the Education Building on the LeTourneau University campus, 2100 South Mobberly Avenue in Longview. The first rehearsal for the year is on Monday, Aug. 20. Members can still join through  Monday, Sept. 10.

Anyone interested should visit the webpage at www.letu.edu/finearts and click on the link for the Longview Civic Chorus.  Anyone interested can also request entry into the LCC Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1944176499130743/.  For other questions, contact Taylor at (903) 233-3379.

“We sing music that ranges from classical masterworks to pieces that are just downright fun,” Taylor said. “This fall we will perform a concert of spirituals on Monday, Oct. 22, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Longview and a Festival Concert of Thanksgiving on Monday, Nov. 12, at the Belcher Center on the LeTourneau University campus.  The atmosphere is one of hard work, humor, and camaraderie.  There is no audition to join the chorus, but it is necessary that singers be able to hold a choral part amid harmony.” 

Each spring, the LCC also sings with orchestra to perform the annual Masterworks Concert at the end of the semester, joining with the LeTourneau Singers.  Masterworks in recent years have included the Brahms and Mozart Requiems, Carmina Burana, Poulenc’s Gloria, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living

“Our highlight this year is the opportunity to sing in Carnegie Hall,” Taylor said.  “I will be conducting my new Cambridge Songs Suite No. 2 and the Pergolesi Magnificat at Carnegie Hall in New York on Monday, June 10, and many of our singers will join in the mass chorus there to perform them with orchestra. What a great experience that will be for these singers!”

Taylor said fund-raising events will occur this fall to help raise funds for singers who wants to participate in the Carnegie Hall concert.

LeTourneau University is the Christian polytechnic university in the nation where educators engage students to nurture Christian virtue, develop competency and ingenuity in their professional fields, integrate faith and work, and serve the local and global community. LETU offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs across a range of disciplines and delivery models at LETU’s residential campus in Longview, Texas, hybrid options at centers in the Dallas and Houston areas and fully online programs. For additional information, visit www.letu.edu.


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