Chamber Singers is an ensemble that specializes in choral music written specifically for a small group, usually one or two singers per vocal part. In the fall semester, the group normally performs unaccompanied madrigals from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The spring semester is devoted to various genres of choral music. Recent performances have included a concert of twentieth century music, Eric Whitacre’s “Five Hebrew Love Songs” with piano and violin, and Johannes Brahms’ Neue Liebeslieder Walzer with piano four-hands. This group is typically made up of upper level music majors and music minors, but is open to all Lipscomb students with the director’s permission. Chamber Singers meets on Monday and Wednesday afternoon, and usually performs once per semester.
Dr. Gary Wilson, earned his bachelor’s degree in music from Harding University, the M.M. in choral music from Baylor University, and the D.M.A. in choral conducting from the University of Nebraska. He was director of choral activities at Central Arkansas Christian High School in Little Rock for thirteen years, where he also directed the variety show "Showtime!" During his tenure as a high school choral director he founded and directed the Arkansas Chamber Singers Youth Chorale, served as an adjudicator and clinician in choral festivals and competitions, and made presentations to the Arkansas Choral Directors Association.
In 1998 Dr. Wilson accepted a position at York College in Nebraska, where he founded and directed the Chamber Singers, a select auditioned group that performed major choral works such as Schütz’s Musikalische Exequien and the oratorio Jephthe by Carissimi. He also directed the Songfest variety show at York for several years, and during the summer session served as artistic director for Harding’s Summerstage. He completed the D.M.A. in choral conducting in 2004 with a dissertation on the choral music of Edward MacDowell, one of the most significant American composers of the 19th century, which was nominated for the Julius Herford Award for Outstanding Doctoral Document by the American Choral Directors Association.
Il est bel et bonMotette "Ave Verum Corpus"