Choral Union

The Lynchburg College Choral Union (LCCU) is an auditioned college/community choral group that provides high quality choral experiences for Central Virginia audiences. The Choral Union is one of many community outreach programs offered by Lynchburg College.

The LCCU presents choral works from a variety of musical periods in three regularly scheduled concerts each year: a fall concert, Handel's Messiah, and a spring concert.  Our desire is to promote in our members and our audiences an appreciation of music of different styles and cultures. 

Recent choral orchestral selections include Bach’s Motets, Jesu meine Freude and Lobet den Herrn; Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Requiem, and Te Deum; Haydn’s Mass in Time of War and Thereienmesse; Beethoven’s Mass in C; Mendelssohn’s Elijah; Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus; Orff’s Carmina Burana; Caldara’s Stabat Mater; Durufle’s Requiem; Ray’s Gospel Mass, and Hailstork’s I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes; and smaller choral octavo selections include Brahm’s Vier Zigeunerlieder, Nelhybel’s Estampie Natalis, , Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Songs, Hansen’s Song of Democracy, and many other artistic choral works.

Rehearsals
Rehearsals are held from 7-9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Helen Wood Recital Hall in the lower level of Snidow Chapel on the Lynchburg College campus. Members are allowed one excused absence during the season. Singers must discuss with the director exceptions due to schedule conflicts, personal or family illness, or other emergencies.

Membership Dues
Membership dues are $35 per semester for non-student members. Membership dues are waived for LC students because they register for the Choral Union as a class.

Invitation to Choral Union Membership
Since its inception in 2002, a primary focus of the Lynchburg College Choral Union has been to become a premier choral ensemble in Virginia and beyond, while providing performance opportunities for Lynchburg College music students to experience outstanding choral/ orchestral literatures.

  • Membership is open to Lynchburg College students, faculty, and staff members, as well as advanced singers from Lynchburg and the surrounding community.
  • Singers must have some level of formal vocal training and/or have good singing techniques, good music reading skills, and the ability to take full responsibility for learning music.
  • Members must be willing to make the choir a top priority and sing for the entire season. Members are expected to attend and be prompt for all rehearsals, performances, and other events (i.e. fundraising events, concert tours, and special performances). Partial and selective participation based on an individual’s musical preferences is strongly discouraged.

If you are interested in joining the Choral Union, contact Dr. Jong King, LCCU director, at kim@lynchburg.edu or 434.544.8443 to schedule your audition, which will consist of the following:

  1. Singing five-note ascending/descending scales (in slow and fast tempi) with support from the piano.
  2. Singing your voice part from passages in Handel’s Messiah (bar 1 to the down beat of bar 20 of the No. 7, And He Shall Purify).
  3. Listening while four or five notes are played on the piano, which you will be asked to sing back (to check your pitch and rhythm memory).

2014 Spring Concert
April 19, 2014, 7:30 p.m., Snidow Chapel, Lynchburg College
“Penitential Hymns” including Bach’s Cantata 131, Victoria’s O vos omnes, Lotti’s Crucifixus, Gretchaninoff’s Of Thy Mystical Supper, and other selections.No admission fee, but a $10 donation is suggested.

Fall Concert, 2014
Saturday, October 18
, 2014, 7:30 p.m., Snidow Chapel, Lynchburg College: Benefit performance for the Lynchburg Branch of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.  Admission: Non-perishable food items or cash donation to the food bank. Tickets not required.
Sunday, October 19
, 3 p.m., Buchanan Theatre, Buchanan, Va: Rural community outreach performance; free Admission

Handel's Messiah
Sunday, December 7
, 7 p.m., E.C. Glass Auditorium; General Admission: $15

Spring Concert, 2015
April 18, 2015
, 7:30 p.m., Snidow Chapel Lynchburg College “Songs of the  Civil War”
April 19, 2015
, Performance of Civil War Songs as a part of official Appomattox Sesquicentennial event.

Friends of the Lynchburg College Choral Union
Membership dues and concert ticket sales are important sources of revenue for the LCCU. However, revenue from ticket sales and dues does not cover all concert expenses.  Over the years, many generous donors have helped us keep ticket prices low, so all who wish to attend our concerts may do so. Individuals, corporations, foundations, and organizations that provide financial and in-kind support to the Choral Union are Friends of the Lynchburg College Choral Union and are recognized in our concert programs. All contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law.
If you would like to make a contribution to the Choral Union, contact the music department at 434.544.8344.

Conductor's Council
The conductor's council serves as the governing body of the Choral Union. Officers are members of the choir and serve two-year terms.