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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - The Lycoming College Tour Choir will hold a "Homecoming Concert" on Wednesday, March 23, at 8 p.m. in Clarke Chapel following their spring break tour of Florida.
Pieces to be performed include Charles Wood's "Hail, Gladdening Light," George Shearing's "Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind," Eric Whitacre's "Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine," and spirituals "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" arranged by Jack Schrader and "Ride the Chariot" arranged by William H. Smith. The concert also includes works by Felix Mendelssohn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Fred Thayer and Stephen Paulus.
The tour choir is selected annually by competitive audition from the larger, 105-voice Lycoming College Choir, which is made up of students from all academic fields. Approximately 40 students are chosen to perform in two weekend tours, an extended spring tour and a trip abroad every four years. The tour choir has presented concerts in every state east of the Mississippi River, California, Texas, Louisiana, Canada, Puerto Rico, Europe and Argentina.
In its six decades of music, the choir has performed hundreds of concerts including appearances at the National Cathedral, the Washington Shrine, Saint Patrick's Cathedral and St. John the Divine in New York City and the Crystal Cathedral in California. The ensemble also 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.
Thayer also directs the College's 28-voice Chamber Choir. He earned a bachelor's degree in music from Ithaca College, a master's degree in composition from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a doctorate from Cornell University.
Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News and World Report. Founded in 1812 in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.