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Music News


Lycoming College carries on the legacy of the WCCA

Continuing the legacy established by the Williamsport Community Concert Association (WCCA), Lycoming College hosted a celebration of the merger of the two organizations at the Williamsport Community Arts Center’s Capitol Lounge on Thursday evening.

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New Lycoming College music building honors current president Kent C. Trachte

The three lead donors of Lycoming College’s new music building announced they will name the facility the Trachte Music Center, in honor of the College’s 15th and current president, Kent C. Trachte, Ph.D., and his spouse Sharon R. Trachte, Ph.D. Current and emeritus trustees Peter ’69 and Joyce Lynn, Dan Fultz ’57, and Stan ’80 and Jolene ’80 Sloter, each worked closely with President Trachte over the course of his nine years as president. They have named the building in recognition of the Trachtes’ leadership, contributions to the College and community, and love and appreciation for music.

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Lycoming College student receives full scholarship to study abroad in Ireland

Music and anthropology major, Birdie Hadfield ’24, became the first Lycoming College student to win a Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship (FEA) and full tuition scholarships to study ethnomusicology in Ireland.

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Annual Music Gala celebrates student ensembles at Lycoming College

The Lycoming College music department announces its 7th annual Music Gala, showcasing select ensembles from the College, on Saturday, April 23, at 7 p.m., at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport. The event is free and open to the public.

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WCJO and Lycoming College Jazz Ensemble take the stage with guest artist Paul Ferguson

The Williamsport Community Jazz Orchestra and the Lycoming College Jazz Ensemble will join forces to perform a repertoire of jazz favorites and other arrangements by featured guest artist Paul Ferguson. The concert is slated for Saturday, April 9, 7:30 p.m. at Williamsport’s Community Arts Center (CAC). General Admission tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students, and can be purchased by calling the CAC box office at 570.326.2424 or by visiting www.caclive.com.

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Lycoming College Candlelight Service moved to larger venue for 2021

Lycoming College students, faculty, alumni, friends, and the greater Williamsport community are invited to celebrate the holidays at the College’s annual Christmas Candlelight Service on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m., with the Rev. John Piper, Jr., professor emeritus of history and College historian, presiding over the service. This year’s celebration has been relocated to a larger venue at Saint Joseph the Worker Parish, 702 W. Fourth St. in Williamsport, allowing for increased distancing between families in attendance.

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Lycoming College breaks ground on new music building

In October 2021, Lycoming College broke ground on the College’s new music building, located on the southeast corner of Basin and Fourth streets in Williamsport’s Old City neighborhood. The 14,000-square-foot facility will connect to the existing Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall, providing easy access to the popular music venue, Shangraw Performance Hall.

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Lycoming College presents The Nutcracker

The Lycoming College music department and the St. John School of the Arts, in collaboration with the Community Arts Center (CAC), will unite to present Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's “The Nutcracker” on Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. at the CAC in downtown Williamsport.

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Lycoming College announces early November musical performances

Lycoming College will continue its fall schedule with two performances at the Williamsport Community Arts Center (CAC) in early November. The Lycoming College Concert Band along with the Lycoming College Community Orchestra, and the Lycoming College Choirs, will perform Nov. 3-4. Both events are free and open to the public.

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Williamsport Community Concert Association will endure through merger with Lycoming College

Lycoming College is pleased to announce an exciting enhancement to its music program through a merger with the Williamsport Community Concert Association (WCCA). Through this new relationship with Lycoming College, the legacy of the WCCA will be sustained and the concerts and musical performances provided through the College’s department of music will be augmented and enriched. Lycoming College’s WCCA Endowed Program Fund will bring a diversity of musical performances to the Williamsport region, nurturing public interest in high quality music as well as encouraging a deeper appreciation for the performing arts.

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State grant to help college with new music facility

The Williamsport Sun-Gazette writes about a $500,000 Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant awarded to the College that will support a $5.5 million construction project set to begin in Spring 2021.

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Planning for New Music Building Underway

During the winter board retreat in January of 2019, the trustees of Lycoming College toured campus to evaluate the institution’s facilities and identify priorities for capital improvements and renovations. The results of that evaluation have already resulted in significant renovations to two wings of the Academic Center and plans to renovate the Heim Science Building over the next several years. Also identified as an institutional priority was the need for better facilities for the College’s music program.

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Lycoming College and St. John School continue holiday tradition of The Nutcracker

The Lycoming College music department and the St. John School of the Arts, in collaboration with the Community Arts Center (CAC), will reunite once more to celebrate the holidays with a presentation of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's “The Nutcracker,” Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. at the CAC in downtown Williamsport.

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Lycoming College Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble present jazz standards, student conductor

The Lycoming College Concert Band and the Lycoming College Jazz Ensemble join together to present a concert at Clarke Chapel on the Lycoming College campus, Saturday, Nov. 23, at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

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Williamsport Chamber Players to open series with “The Music of Poulenc”

The Williamsport Chamber Players will kick off its inaugural season on Sunday, Oct. 20, at the Community Arts Center (CAC) in downtown Williamsport. Sponsored by Lycoming College and directed by William Ciabattari, Ph.D., associate professor of music at Lycoming College and department chair, the group brings together top local musicians who share a passion for performing small ensemble and chamber music.

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