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The Lycoming College Choir recently released its ninth CD, "My Spirit Sings," under the direction of Dr. Fred Thayer, professor of music and director of choral activities at the College.
The 19-track album takes its title from composer Gerald Finzi's "My Spirit Sang All Day" and includes selections of the choir's performances from 2009 and 2010. Other works include Bach's "Sicut locutus est" from Magnificat, Eric Whitacre's "Cloudburst," Morten Lauridsen's "Sure On This Shining Night," two Moses Hogan spirituals and pieces by Thayer, William Averitt, David Brunner, Ron Drotos, Daniel Pinkham, Rick Sowash and Richard Strauss. Also featured is an arrangement of "All Creatures of Our God and King" by Lycoming alumna Crystal Reid.
The CD can be purchased for $15 by calling Lycoming's music department at 570.321.4016. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Lycoming College Choir.
Since the choir's inception in 1947 by Walter McIver, the choir has presented concerts in every state east of the Mississippi River. The choir has toured in Argentina, Canada, England, Puerto Rico and Europe.
In its six decades, the Lycoming College Choir has performed hundreds of concerts, including appearances in 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.