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.
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 ted 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.