Lee University Festival Choir To Sing at Obama Inauguration

Thursday, January 17, 2013

1.17 Choir

On Monday, Jan. 21, the Lee University Festival Choir will sing at the 57th Presidential Inauguration. The choir's performance will occur immediately before the official swearing-in ceremonies at midday on the upper west terrace of the United States Capitol.

US Senator Lamar Alexander announced on Nov. 1 the choir’s invitation to perform at the Capitol.

The 200 singers in the Festival Choir were chosen from the student members of the university's seven choral ensembles. The choir will be conducted by Dean of the School of Music Dr. William Green.

On behalf of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, US Senator Lamar Alexander invited the choral group in November to sing at the event. 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."

The choir was selected from seven campus choral ensembles, which hold regular auditions for members. These vocal ensembles have appeared around the world at venues as varied as Carnegie Hall, the NBC television show “Sing Off,” and St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. The groups present choral masterworks, pop and gospel music, and standard classical literature, performing composers ranging from Duruflé to Bach to John Rutter.

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 70 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 its campus.

In addition to North American touring, Lee’s choirs perform extensively throughout Europe and Asia and are scheduled to tour Indonesia and China this summer.

The Festival Choir’s performance should be at 9:30 a.m. and can be viewed on the web via live stream at

For more information, please contact Lee’s Office of Public Information at 423-614-8621.