Praise Choir, Dr. Philip Camp, Director
The Praise Choir consists of about 60 to 70 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 "sermon-in-song' incorporating Christian Contemporary songs, Classical choral anthems, modern arrangements of well-known hymns, and African-American spirituals, interwoven with scripture readings and visuals that present the message of the Gospel of Christ. Rehearsal times are M, T and F 11:30-12:30. Tours include occasional weekend trips during the semester, an 8-10 day tour during the Christmas break, and a major mission trip overseas after the spring semester of odd-numbered years. Recent mission trips include Eastern Europe (2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013), Eastern Australia (2005 and 2001), Ireland (2003), Mexico (2000), and the Philippine Islands (1998).
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.
Forte, Dr. Laurie Doyle, Director
Forte is a small vocal ensemble that performs Jazz, Country, Musical Theatre, and top 40 music. Solo performance skills are emphasized. Forte performs primarily in the surrounding area for schools and for other community functions, and all students are eligible to receive scholarships.
Best Friends, Windy Babcock, Director
Since 1983, Best Friends has been spreading the good news of Jesus Christ through song. Best Friends performs A cappella arrangements of today's popular Contemporary Christian music. The tight harmonies and often meaningful lyrics have blessed countless souls in Best Friend's 31 years of existence. The group travels to churches and schools letting potential students know about the educational opportunities at LCU. Recently, Best Friends has begun serving as a praise team for youth rallies such as Soul Link and summer camps such as LCU's Encounter.
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Touring will occur throughout the year, with specific commitments in May and June. Rehearsal times will be MW(F) 8-9 am, and T Th 5-6 pm.
*NOTE: Best Friends will leave Fri. Aug. 29th-Sun. 31st for a retreat.
Best Friends Audition Information:
The audition will consist of two phases
- First audition for Chamber Singers, Forte, and Best Friends to take place for new students: on Friday, August 22, from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM in the Music Building. Sign up for an audition time earlier in Orientation Week, or contact Dr. Philip Camp to schedule an audition time. For these auditions, Dr. Camp will lead you through some vocalizing exercises to test your range, then you will be asked to sing a song of your choice, without accompaniment. Finally, you will be asked to sight-sing a very short example of music.
- 2. Call-back auditions--for those selected, will follow round 1 auditions with times TBA. Vocal Percussion will happen first, followed by group auditions.
For questions about Best Friends auditions, contact Windy Babcock firstname.lastname@example.org.