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Lee University Festival Choir performed on one of the world's largest stages Monday morning

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


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The Lee University Festival Choir performed on one of the world's largest stages Monday morning.  The student vocal group performed as a part of the 57th Inauguration of the President of the United States.

The group performed six songs, after music by the Public School 22 Choir from Brooklyn, New York and before prelude music by the U.S. Marine Corps Band.  The swearing-in ceremonies of Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama, presided over by Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor and Chief Justice Roberts, drew a crowd of hundreds of thousands of spectators to Capitol Hill, and millions more on television and web broadcasts. Other musical guests on the program were The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, James Taylor, Kelly Clarkson, and Beyoncé Knowles.

Lee's Festival Choir comprises 200+ students of all classifications and both music and non-music degree seekers.  They are members of one of Lee's seven regularly performing vocal ensembles: Campus Choir, Choral Union, Chorale, Evangelistic Singers, Ladies of Lee, Lee Singers, and Voices of Lee.  They represent 27 states and seven other countries.

This singular honor was bestowed upon Lee by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. United States Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee is vice chairman of this committee and nominated Lee. The committee approved his nomination, and Senator Alexander came to Lee's campus in early November to announce the invitation.

He also visited the choir on the platform in the group's sound check on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 20, at the capitol building.  He and his wife Honey congratulated the group and wished them well in their appearance.  He spoke of why the event is such an important aspect of American tradition and inspired the students to do their very best and sing with their hearts.

Images from the choir's weekend adventure can be seen at www.flickr.com/leeuniversity, and video footage of news coverage of the Festival Choir's performance can be found at http://www.wbir.com/news/article/250371/2/Lee-College-choir-sings-at-President-Obamas-Inuaguration.