Ensemble involvement at Lee University is one of the highlights of the School of Music. With a strong history of over fifty years of dynamic ensemble offerings, the instrumental and vocal ensembles are open to music majors and non-music majors alike. Most university music ensembles require an audition, unless otherwise noted, and provide musical and ministry experiences that mold the college experience for our students.
Directed by: David Holsingerdholsinger@leeuniversity.eduUnder the direction of renowned composer and national band clinician Dr. David Holsinger, this group is committed to the highest level of performance of instrumental ensemble literature for winds and percussion. The Wind Ensemble is a non-traveling organization that performs for special concerts on the Lee University campus.
Directed by: Robert Bernhardtrbernhardt@leeuniversity.edu Performing a wide variety of orchestral literature, this ensemble of select instrumentalists is led by critically acclaimed conductor Robert Bernhardt. In addition to performing one major concert each semester, its musicians frequently participate in operatic, choral, and other concerts on the campus. Recent repertoire includes Respighi’s Pines of Rome, Humperdinck’s Evening Prayer and Dream Pantomime, and Dvořák’s Symphony “from the New World.” The ensemble also sponsors an annual concerto competition for University students.
Directed by: Mark Baileymbailey@leeuniversity.edu The Lee University Symphonic Band is made up of select brass, woodwind, and percussion instrumentalists. This group tours once or twice each month to churches across the United States and has participated in several international tours. The Symphonic Band combines musical excellence with dynamic spiritual ministry.
Directed by: Xiaoqing Yuxyu@leeuniversity.eduChamber Strings is a dynamic ensemble composed of the institution’s finest violinists, violists, cellists, and bassists providing innovative programming for venues on and off campus. Smaller ensembles that perform standard works from the chamber music literature are frequently formed from its membership.
Directed by: Alan Shikohashikoh@leeuniversity.edu
The guitar ensemble performs both original and arranged works for multiple classical guitars. The ensemble performs on the University campus.
Directed by: Alan Wyattawyatt@leeuniversity.edu
The Lee University Jazz Ensemble performs traditional and recent literature for the traditional Big Band. The ensemble includes rhythm, saxophones, trumpets, and trombones. A frequent award winner at national festivals, it performs for campus, school, and civic events. Its students also have the opportunity to perform in combos. The groups are under the supervision of tenor saxophonist Alan Wyatt, a highly acclaimed soloist known for his imaginative improvisations.
Directed by: Alan Wyattawyatt@leeuniversity.eduThe Pep Band plays for a select number of basketball games during the school year. The group rehearses once each week and plays marching and pep band charts. Open to all University students.
Directed by: Andrew Harnsbergeraharnsberger@leeuniversity.edu Website: http://www.leeuniversitypercussion.com The Percussion Ensemble performs challenging and interesting percussion literature, involving a wide variety of percussion instruments. The group has rapidly developed a reputation for musical excellence and expertise. Percussion majors participate in this ensemble, which is directed by nationally known percussionist/composer Andy Harnsberger.
Directed by: William Greenwgreen@leeuniversity.edu
The Lee University Festival Choir is comprised of approximately 350 singers drawn from each of the seven choral ensembles at Lee University. This chorus performs at various major university and community events, and has performed alongside the Lee University Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, performing major works by Maurice Duruflé, G.F. Handel, Gusav Holst, John Rutter and Mack Wilberg.
In January 2013, the Lee University Festival Choir will perform at the 57th United States Presidential Inauguration at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Directed by: Cameron LaBarrclabarr@leeuniversity.edu
Choral Union performs choral music and major masterworks for mixed chorus and orchestra, such as Handel’s Messiah, Honegger’s King David, Poulenc’s Gloria, Beethoven's Mass in C Major, and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. This ensemble is a unique blend of Lee University music majors and non-music majors and is open to all who are interested in choral music. In April 2012, Choral Union will perform at the Tennessee Music Educators Association Annual Conference in Chattanooga, Tenn., under the direction of Cameron LaBarr. Major works performed this year include Finzi's In Terra Pax, Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna, and Mozart's Requiem.
Directed by: Jim Phillipsjphillips@leeuniversity.eduFor more than 50 years, Campus Choir has been a Christ-centered auditioned touring choir, performing at the university as well as across the Eastern United States and international venues. Within Campus Choir is Power Unlimited, an ensemble of eight vocalists and six instrumentalists.
Directed by: William Greenwgreen@leeuniversity.eduThe Chorale is an ensemble of highly motivated vocalists who are selected by audition. An emphasis is placed on the diversity and breadth of traditional choral literature. In addition to music majors, membership represents a sampling of many of the majors offered by the University.
Directed by: Gloria Scott-Richmondgrichmond@leeuniversity.eduEvangelistic Singers (EVS) seek God through the art of worship within the genres of spirituals and both traditional and contemporary gospel music. In addition to the southeastern U.S., this auditioned choir of approximately 50 students has performed throughout Bermuda and the Caribbean.
Ladies of Lee
Directed by: Loralee Songerlsonger@leeuniversity.eduThe Ladies of Lee offer vocal performance opportunities to approximately 40 women seeking to express their creative talents in a spiritually rich environment. The auditioned membership travels throughout the eastern US with repertoire reflecting a diverse range of styles.
Directed by: Brad Moffettbmoffett@leeuniversity.eduThe Lee Singers is an auditioned mixed choral ensemble of 45 vocalists and 9 band members. This dynamic choral ensemble tours the United States and world, performing a wide range of musical styles including sacred choral works, praise and worship, traditional choral, patriotic songs, and gospel favorites.
Directed by: James Frostjfrost@leeuniversity.eduOpera Theatre began in the spring of 1998 as a workshop and has quickly grown into a production organization performing fully staged operas from both standard and less-traditional repertoire. Roles are determined by audition.
Voices of Lee
Directed by: Danny Murraydanmurray@leeuniversity.eduThe Voices of Lee is a 16-member a cappella ensemble characterized by a unique variety of lush vocal harmonies, high-energy patriotic numbers, fun-filled audience participation, and heartfelt gospel favorites.
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