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Alaska Choir Trip Continues Decades-Long Tradition

When asked to name their favorite memory from their time at Lubbock Christian University, alumni will give a variety of answers. For some, it was being part of a particular club show in Master Follies, while others may recall a moment when a professor went above and beyond for them in a difficult time. Still others remember a mission trip, a powerful chapel service, or an award recognizing their academic achievement. And while those are certainly among the top memories for students across the board, an overwhelming number of alumni would say that the chorus/choir trips were among their very favorite memories.

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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

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Audition Signups

Begins Monday, August 22 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 22, and running through August 24, in the Music Building Recital Hall Room 104. 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 24, and regular rehearsals will commence on Thursday, Aug. 25. Required rehearsal times for the Praise Choir are Monday through Thursdays 12:05-12:55.

The first group meeting and rehearsal of the Praise Choir will be on Thursday, August 25, in the Music Building Room 104 (recital hall) at 12:05-12:55.

First audition for Chamber Singers, and Forte to take place for new students: on Friday, August 19, from 11:00 AM-1:30 PM in the Music Building. Upon completion of an online form, 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 22, 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  and separately on Monday and Wednesdays, and many Fridays, TBA.

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

First audition for Chamber Singers, and Forte to take place for new students on Friday, August 19, from 11:00 AM-1:30 PM in the Music Building. Upon completion of the form to be posted July 2022, 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.

Auditions for 2022-23 Best Friends took place on May 2. For information about how to become a member of Best Friends, contact Dr. Philip Camp or visit the Best Friends webpage for more information. 

Choral Activities, updated August 22, 2022

Fall 2022 Events

  • Sep 14: 11:00 AM extended rehearsal time (reserved as “Wednesday gathering”)
  • Sep 19: Chap Day, open rehearsal, 12:45-1:00
  • Oct 7-9: LCU Musical Theatre Production: Little Women
  • Oct 10: Chap Day, open rehearsal
  • Oct 12: 11:00 AM extended rehearsal time (reserved as “Wednesday gathering”)
  • Oct 21: Master Follies Hosts and Hostesses auditions
  • Oct 29: Best Friends Preview Concert, Collier Auditorium, 2:30 PM
  • Nov 7: Chap Day, open rehearsal, 12:45-1"00
  • Nov 13: Choir Concert in Cardwell Welcome Center Rotunda, 2:30 PM
  • Nov 21: Chap Day, open rehearsal, 12:45-1:00
  • Nov 29: Big Blue Christmas
  • Dec 1: Christmas Dinner dress rehearsal, McDonald Moody Auditorium
  • Dec 3: Music Majors Recital, 1:30
  • Dec 4: Christmas Dinner Concert, Buddy Holly Center
  • Dec 5-8: Final Exams, choir rehearsing during designated final exam times
    • Monday & Tuesday, 12:15-1:45 (scheduled until 2:15)
  • December 10-15: Choir & BF Tour (New Mexico destinations):
    • December 10: Hobbs, New Mexico
    • December 11: Worship with Taylor Street Church of Christ in Hobbs, Dr. McDowell to speak and we will help lead service
    • December 11 PM: Artesia
    • December 12: AM: Artesia High School Choir, then Albuquerque (tentative)
    • December 13: Santa Fe
    • December 14: Angel Fire
    • December 15: Returning home from Angel Fire, arrival LCU by 4:00 PM