Celebrating Musical Tradition at LCUOct. 3, 2012
Since 1957, Lubbock Christian University has held a musical tradition of some capacity on its campus through musical groups and ensembles.
Acapella and instrumental ensembles have appeared on the campus throughout its history, with one of its longest running groups, Meistersingers, starting in 1959 and running for most of the duration of the school.
Now, with four music degrees offered and five ensemble groups, the LCU musical tradition is still alive and strong. Over 30 students playing 12 types of instruments currently compile the LCU Symphonic Band and over 60 students of differing academic backgrounds compile the LCU Praise Choir. The efforts and talents of these groups have extended far beyond the campus of LCU, too. Over recent years, musical groups from LCU have traveled across the globe on various mission trips to Eastern Europe, Australia, Ireland, New York and the Philippines.
Students, faculty, and members of the community gathered in the McDonald Moody Auditorium Tuesday night to celebrate this rich heritage of music at LCU. Selections by the Praise Choir, conducted by Dr. Philip Camp, were sung, including famous arrangements of the hymns "All That Hath Life and Breath Praise Ye Lord!" and "It Is Well With My Soul."
The LCU Symphonic Band, conducted by Andrew Babcock, also played several arrangements, including one composed by Everett Maxwell, LCU's first band director in 1959. The Symphonic Band, only in its fourth year as a program, carries on the tradition of instrumental music after a 20-year absence of an instrumental program on the LCU campus. Expansions of this program have been due, in large part, to the efforts of Andrew Babcock and the LCU Music Department.
Currently, LCU music programs are focusing on extending their efforts overseas with a planned mission trip to the Ukraine at the end of the Spring 2013 term. Students are currently raising money to help them sing choral worship arrangements at Ukrainian churches and hand out Bibles in Eastern Europe. Contributions to this cause can be given through the purchase of one of three LCU choir CD's, which can be found in the bookstore on campus. Suggested donation for a CD is $20 and all proceeds go to help fund students in their mission efforts next semester.