A Cappella Singers
The A Cappella Singers is Lipscomb’s select choir. This group is open by audition to all Lipscomb students, and rehearses Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Typically, the year begins with a program of sacred literature that can be performed in area churches. In October, the choir begins preparations for Christmas. Each year the choir performs on the Lipscomb campus with well-known Christian artist Amy Grant for “The Lighting of the Green,” an outdoor tree-lighting ceremony that is Lipscomb’s Christmas gift to the Nashville community. A week later, the choir presents a second, more formal concert in conjunction with Lipscomb’s Wind Ensemble. During the first week of January the choir takes a recruiting tour through some area of the United States, performing in local churches and schools.
The second semester is usually devoted to recording a CD of the sacred literature from the fall semester, and to learning a work with orchestra for the final performance of the year. Recent choral/orchestral works have included Faure’s Requiem, Mozart’s Solemn Vespers, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and the Brahms Requiem. Upper-class students are typically used as soloists for these performances.
In some summers the A Cappella Singers takes an overseas trip. Students are responsible for the cost of this trip. Outstanding high school seniors and juniors are often invited to join the college singers for this experience.
Gary P. Wilson, D.M.A., divides his professional time between the roles of conductor, scholar, and teacher. His responsibilities as Director of Choral Activities include conducting the A Cappella Singers, overseeing the choral/vocal program, and directing the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Choirs under his leadership have performed at regional and state music conferences, in New York City's Carnegie Hall, and in venues throughout the United States and Europe. He is a frequent conductor and clinician for honor choirs and festival choirs, and conducted the Arkansas All State Choir in 2007.
Dr. Wilson holds undergraduate and masters degrees from Harding University and Baylor University, and is the first recipient of the doctorate in choral conducting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he studied with Peter A. Eklund. His research on the choral music of American composer Edward MacDowell was published by Mellen Press in 2004, and was nominated for the American Choral Directors Association Julius Hereford award for outstanding doctoral dissertation in 2005.
Lipscomb University's A Cappella Singers, in cooperation with University Singers and the Chamber Choir from Franklin High School, perform the Brahms Requiem featuring the Lipscomb University Orchestra.
Dr. Gary Wilson, conductor
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