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The Lycoming College Choir will present a Graduation Concert on Saturday, May 4, at 8 p.m. in Clarke Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.
The performance will be the final one conducted by Dr. Fred Thayer, longtime professor of music and director of choral activities, who is retiring at the conclusion of the 2012-13 academic year. As a tribute to Thayer’s 37 years of service, more than 75 former choir members are returning to campus to rehearse with him at 6:30 p.m. that night before joining the choir for selections at the end of the concert.
Thayer joined Lycoming’s music faculty in 1976. Since then, he has kept an active schedule of teaching and conducting. He has led the choir on 35 spring break tours and 10 overseas trips, and has influenced the lives of countless students. An avid composer, he has earned numerous ASCAP PLUS awards and Meet the Composer Grants. Among his compositions for choral ensembles, orchestra and band are a large-scale mass and two operas. Thayer’s work has been published by E.C. Schirmer, Lawson Gould, Bourne Co., Laurendale Associates and Roger Dean Music. For 23 summers, he was the associate conductor of the Gregg Smith Singers at the Adirondack Festival of American Music in Saranac Lake, N.Y.
Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program, vibrant residential community and supportive faculty foster successful student outcomes. Lycoming offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812 and located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit www.lycoming.edu.