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Senator Lamar Alexander Announces Lee Festival Choir To Sing at U.S. Presidential Inauguration

Thursday, November 01, 2012


20121101 Festival Choir

Before a full Conn Center chapel, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander announced today that the Lee University Festival Choir, a combined chorus of the university's choirs, will perform at the inauguration of the President of the United States.

"We do not yet know who will be inaugurated president in January," Alexander said, "but we do know who will be singing that day: the Lee University choir."

The Lee University Festival Choir's performance will occur between 9:00 and 10:00 AM on January 21 in Washington, D.C. The choir will perform outdoors on the upper west terrace of the United States Capitol.

At the announcement today with Lee President Dr. Paul Conn, Alexander said he recommended the Lee musicians because "their great talent and inspirational musicianship will thrill the millions of people who will be watching the inauguration of our president."

Alexander issued the invitation on behalf of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, of which he is the Vice Chair.

Of the senator's invitation today, Conn said, "We are honored to accept Senator Alexander's invitation to send a Lee University choir to sing at the presidential inauguration. Lee has a great choral tradition, and the Festival Choir will include 200 talented college students to represent Tennessee in Washington. Lee University is a patriotic campus. At the last presidential inauguration, we suspended classes so students could watch the ceremonies together on TV in large groups around campus. We plan to do the same this year. It's thrilling to know that, this year, our students will be part of the festivities."

Conn continued, "I am grateful to Senator Alexander for this wonderful opportunity. We're so complimented that, of all the fine schools he might have invited, he chose Lee University."

The university will send its Festival Choir to perform at the inaugural ceremony, an ensemble traditionally convened to sing at special events on Lee's campus. The 200-voice choir will comprise students chosen from among the school's seven vocal ensembles, and will be led by Dean of the School of Music Dr. William R. Green.

Lee University's music program is world-renowned. Lee's ensembles have toured extensively at home and abroad for 50 years, singing in such venues as Carnegie Hall, the World's Fair (NYC), the Kennedy Center, the White House, the Vatican and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Lee's School of Music, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, is comprised of two departments: the Department of Vocal Music and the Department of Instrumental Music. It offers Bachelor's degrees in performance, music education, church music, music business, and applied music, as well as Master's degrees in performance, music education, church music and conducting.

Lee University is a private, comprehensive university with a current enrollment of 4,954, located in Cleveland, Tenn. Lee provides a liberal arts education in a Christ-centered environment, offering more than 100 degree programs among its four colleges: Arts and Sciences, Music, Education and Religion. Lee's growing reputation for academic excellence can be seen in the high caliber of faculty and students who are drawn to campus.