Choir Press Release

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The 2013 Lycoming College Tour Choir

Conducted by Dr. Fred Thayer, the Lycoming College Choir has been widely acclaimed as one of the finest college musical groups in the East.

Since its inception in 1947 by Walter McIver, the Choir has presented concerts in every state east of the Mississippi River, California, Canada, Puerto Rico, Europe, and Argentina. The Choir had a 10-day tour in Argentina in May 2010. Foreign tours occur approximately every three years.

The Tour Choir is selected each year by competitive audition from the 115-voice College Choir, which is comprised of students from all academic fields. Approximately 40 students are chosen annually to perform in two weekend tours and a ten-day spring break tour. The Spring 2013 10-day tour will begin in the northeastern United States, with concerts in St. Marys, Pa., Pittsburgh, Pa., and Basking Ridge, NJ. The second half of the tour will be in Puerto Rico, with concerts in Ponce, San Juan, and Old San Juan.

In its seven decades of music, the Lycoming College Choir has performed hundreds of concerts, including appearances at the National Cathedral, the Washington Shrine, the Crystal Cathedral, Coral Ridge, and New York City’s Saint John the Divine and Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. The ensemble has sung with the Gregg Smith Singers, the Chieftains, and Barry Manilow. The choir has been featured twice in the Holiday Celebrations at the White House. In spring 2013, the choir released its 10th CD, Favorites 1976–2013.

The Choir's repertoire consists of both religious and secular music, ranging from contemporary to traditional. The Choir performs for all musical tastes, from listener to critic.

You are welcome to view our 2013 Choir Program, which is available as a PDF.

For additional articles about the Lycoming College Choir, click on the links below:

"Tour Choir Returns From Spain", The Lycourier, 2004

Article from Tribune-Democrat, 2002

"Choir Takes On California", Lycoming Magazine, 2002 (pdf)

Review of Tour Choir concert, 2002

Letter from U.S. Congressman Sherwood regarding White House performance, 1999

"Tour Choir Headed to Europe", The Lycourier, 1997

"Choir Plans Homecoming Concert", The Williamsport Sun-Gazette, 1997