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Vocal Ensembles

Praise Choir

Dr. Philip Camp, Director

The Praise Choir consists of about 60 students and carries on the ministry tradition of the A Cappella and Meistersinger Choruses from the past. Singing mostly for church related outreach events and programs, the choir often performs an a cappella program incorporating Christian Contemporary songs, Classical choral anthems, modern arrangements of well-known hymns, and African-American spirituals. Rehearsal times are Monday-Wednesday at 11:40 and Tuesday-Thursday at 12:05. Tours include occasional weekend trips during the semester, a five to six day tour during the Christmas break, and a major mission trip overseas after the spring semester of odd-numbered years. With previous concert appearances in Australia, Ireland, and Mexico, more recent choir campaigns have taken the group to Eastern Europe, where have they have performed outreach concerts in Ukraine (2007,2009, 2011, 2013, 2015), Austria (2007, 2013), Greece (2011), and Croatia (2015), Austria, Romania, and Croatia (2017).

Chamber Singers

Dr. Philip Camp, Director

The LCU Chamber Singers is an ensemble of 20-24 voices. The group performs a wide variety of literature employing a variety of instrumental accompaniments in both on and off campus venues, programming music from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classic, and Romantic periods. Contemporary music includes anthems, secular choral pieces, spirituals, and Jazz arrangements.

Concerts include a fall concert, several Christmas concerts and programs and various spring concerts, as well as tours among churches and schools. The Chamber Singers also travels with the Praise Choir in December after the fall semester, and all participants are eligible to receive a scholarship.

From the latest concert by Chamber Singers, Dominus Vobiscum by Sydney Guillaume, on YouTube.

Byronthology: Selections from the Choral Works of Byron Rogers

Earning a Ph.D. in chemistry in 1986 from Texas A&M, Dr. Rogers has taught chemistry at Lubbock Christian University for over thirty years. After he earned the Master's of Music Composition from Texas Tech University in 2014, Dr. Rogers also began teaching Advanced Music Theory for our Music Majors. Rogers writes, "While I certainly hope to continue to teach chemistry at LCU, I am no longer a 'chemist who does music,' but rather a ' musician who teaches chemistry.'" 

We are truly indebted to the service of Byron Rogers and we hope that this recording of his music will bless you life as it has blessed our music faculty and students. 

Forte

Dr. Laurie Doyle, Director

Forte is a small vocal ensemble that performs Jazz, Country, Musical Theatre, and top 40 music and emphasizes solo performance skills. Forte performs primarily in the surrounding area for schools and for other community functions, and all students are eligible to receive scholarships.

Best Friends

Learn more about LCU's contemporary a cappella group!

Audition Information

Signup for AuditionsBegins Monday, August 23 at Noon in the Music Building Recital Hall (Room 104). 

Upon completion of the form above, you will be assigned and e-mailed an audition time for Monday, August 24, and running through August 26, in the Music Building Recital Hall Room 102.  If the audition time does not work for you, please inform Dr. Camp and you can receive a different audition time.

The audition process will consist of:

  1. Vocalization on scales, for testing of vocal range
  2. Sing any song of your choice (devo song, pop song, etc..), a cappella
  3. Sing the hymn “Amazing Grace” to simple piano accompaniment provided by Dr. Camp at the audition, in the key of your choice.  If unsure about key, Dr. Camp will select an appropriate key determined by the range and preference in the first two steps above.  
  4. Learn and sing the song, “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” on the voice part of your choice, either with a recording or as part of a live quartet.  The music and a sample recording will be provided to you in the e-mail with your audition time.

Results will be posted by Wednesday afternoon, August 28, and regular rehearsals will commence on Thursday, Aug. 29. Required rehearsal times for the Praise Choir are Monday through Thursdays 12:05-12:55, though most weeks you will only meet three of those four days for sectional rehearsals due to changes required for social distancing.

The first group meeting and rehearsal of the Praise Choir will be on Thursday, August 29, in the McDonald-Moody Auditorium at 12:05-12:55.

Signup for Auditions

First audition for Chamber Singers, Forte, and Best Friends to take place for new students: on Friday, August 20, from 11:00 AM-2:30 PM in the Music Building. Upon completion of the form above, you will be assigned and e-mailed an audition time for that Friday between 11 and 2:30 in the Music Building Recital Hall Room 104.

The audition will consist of two phases:

  1. For the first audition, Dr. Camp will lead you through the following:
    • vocalizing exercises to test your range
    • a brief pitch memory exercise
    • sing a song of your choice, without accompaniment.
    • sight-sing a very short example of music.
    • You will be notified via e-mail if you have made the call-back audition.  .
  2. Call-back auditions--for those selected, there will be a call-back audition will take place on Monday, Aug 24, beginning at 4:00 PM.  Instructions and sheet music for the call-back audition will be e-mailed to you over the weekend.  

Chamber Singers will rehearse with the Praise Choir on Monday through Thursday, 12:05-12:55 (meeting three of those four days depending on your section), and separately on Monday and Wednesdays from 4:05-4:55 and Fridays at 11:40-12:40.

Please contact Dr. Philip Camp if you have any questions.

Signup for Auditions

First audition for Chamber Singers, Forte, and Best Friends to take place for new students: on Friday, August 20, from 11:00 AM-2:30 PM in the Music Building. Upon completion of the form above, you will be assigned and e-mailed an audition time for that Friday between 11 and 2:30 in the Music Building Recital Hall Room 104.

The audition will consist of two phases:

  1. For the first audition, Dr. Camp will lead you through the following:
    • vocalizing exercises to test your range
    • a brief pitch memory exercise
    • sing a song of your choice, without accompaniment.
    • sight-sing a very short example of music.
    • You will be notified via e-mail if you have made the call-back audition.  .
  2. Call-back auditions will take place during the first week of classes, TBA. 

For questions about Forte auditions, contact Dr. Laurie Doyle.

First audition for Chamber Singers, Forte, and Best Friends to take place for new students: on Friday, August 20, from 11:00 AM-2:30 PM in the Music Building.  Upon completion of the form above, you will be assigned and e-mailed an audition time for that Friday between 11 and 2:30 in the Music Building Recital Hall Room 104.

Audition Process in two phases:

  1. For the first audition, Dr. Camp will lead you through the following:
    • vocalizing exercises to test your range
    • a brief pitch memory exercise
    • sing a song of your choice, without accompaniment.
    • sight-sing a very short example of music.
    • You will be notified via e-mail by 3:00 PM if you have made the call-back audition, with a separate email with materials and instructions for the call-back audition.
  2. Callback audition will be held Friday afternoon, August 21,starting at 4:30 PM.

Best Friends 2020-2021 will be named by Friday evening,  August 21.

Please contact Dr. Philip Camp for any additional details.

Choral Activities, updated April 20

Spring 2021

  • April 7: Dress Rehearsal for Byron Rogers’ This Man Receives Sinners, 8:00 p.m.
  • April 8: Scholars Colloquium Performance of Byron Rogers' This Man Receives Sinners, 7:30 p.m.
  • April 29: Student Conductor’s Concert
  • May 1: Homecoming Chapel, 10:00 a.m. (Choir singing “The Lord Bless You and Keep You")

2021-22 Events

  • Aug 20 First round auditions for Chamber Singers, Best Friends, Forte
  • Aug 23 Classes Begin, Praise Choir auditions
  • Aug 27-29 Band/Choir Retreat
  • Sep 3-6 Best Friends retreat
  • November 14: Fall Choir Concert, Collier –Gullo Rehearsal Hall, 2:30 PM
  • November 30: Big Blue Christmas
  • December 2: Christmas Dinner with all music ensembles
  • December 11-16: Choir Tour (Texas destinations)
  • March 9: Local Concert, TBA
  • April 7 or April 21: possible spring concert dates
  • May 9-23: Europe travel dates (won’t leave prior to May 9 nor return after May 23), destinations: Croatia & Austria