(Longview, Texas)—LeTourneau University’s Director of Fine Arts Dr. Jim Taylor encourages community members who can sing to participate in the Longview Civic Chorus (formerly the East Texas Community Chorus) for high school through adult-aged singers.
Rehearsals are held each Monday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. in Room 117 of the Education Building, next to the Belcher Center, on the LeTourneau University campus, 2100 S. Mobberly Ave. No formal auditions are necessary, but singers must be able to hold a choral part amid harmony. Participants can simply come to rehearsals through the first week in February to join.
Membership is comprised of music professionals as well as church choir-level singers who seek to sing more challenging music for a mid-to-large sized chorus of about 50 members. The LCC sings music from classical masterworks to music that is more contemporary. The atmosphere is one of hard work, humor, and camaraderie.
The LCC may be taken for credit through LeTourneau University, or members may simply pay a $75 fee for the semester. The Longview Civic Chorus and the LeTourneau Singers will combine voices on occasion to form a mass choir for performing larger works.
The 2018 spring semester will conclude with a Masterworks Concert at Trinity Episcopal Church in a performance of Haydn’s St. Nicholas Mass and Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living, accompanied by chamber orchestra, on Tuesday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, go to www.letu.edu/finearts and click on the Longview Civic Chorus link. The LCC is also on Facebook.
Taylor is in his first year as LETU’s new director of fine arts and associate professor of music. He has extensive experience conducting choirs of all ages, and is a published composer whose works have been performed nationally and internationally. His energy and enthusiasm for great music is contagious and he makes singing choral music great fun.
LeTourneau University is the premier Christian polytechnic university in the nation where educators engage students to nurture Christian virtue, develop competency and ingenuity in their professional fields, integrate faith and work, and serve the local and global community. LETU offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs across a range of disciplines and delivery models at LETU’s residential campus in Longview, Texas, and in hybrid and fully online options at centers in the Dallas and Houston areas. For additional information, visit www.letu.edu.