Conducted by Dr. Christopher Jackson, the Lycoming College Tour Choir has a long history of quality performances throughout the United States and throughout the world. Since its inception in 1947 by former choir director Mr. Walter McIver, the choir has presented concerts in every state east of the Mississippi River, as well as in California, Canada, Puerto Rico, Argentina and across Europe. The choir tours nationally every year and internationally every three years. Most recently, the choir spent 10 days touring in China, performing at the prestigious National Library in Beijing and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In its seven decades of music, the Lycoming College Tour Choir has performed hundreds of concerts including appearances at the National Cathedral, the Washington Shrine, the Crystal Cathedral, Coral Ridge, New York City’s Saint John the Divine and Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. The choir has been featured twice in the Holiday Celebrations at the White House.
The Tour Choir is selected each year by competitive audition from the 115-voice College Choir, which is composed of students from all academic fields. Approximately 40 students are chosen annually to perform with the Tour Choir. During tours, the choir visits and collaborates with high school and volunteer choruses in addition to its performing schedule. This type of educational outreach is central to the choir’s goal of creating a greater sense of community among all levels of music education. The choir’s repertoire consists of both sacred and secular music ranging from classical standards, new works by contemporary composers, as well as folk, world music and modern styles.