The 200 plus potential voices in the choir to sing at the U.S. presidential inauguration will be announced tomorrow, Dean of the School of Music Bill Green said today.
The selection process was a joint venture with Green’s office and the seven ensemble directors to determine which students had the musical ability to learn music quickly, as well as the directors’ evaluation of the student within the ensemble.
“They look at dedication, motivation, dependability,” Green said. “There are many, many that deserve to go and could go.”
The ensembles are as follows:
- Campus Choir directed by Jimmy Phillips
- Choral Union directed by Cameron LaBarr
- Chorale directed by Green
- Evangelistic Singers directed by Gloria Scott-Richmond
- Ladies of Lee directed by Loralee Songer
- Lee Singers directed by Brad Moffett
- Voices of Lee directed by Danny Murray
There will approximately 220 voices announced tomorrow, and Green said they would cut the additional 10 percent come January depending on several factors including the rehearsal schedule or a student’s personal decision.
Rehearsals are tentatively set to begin on Reading Day with students learning the music over Christmas break and then returning to school on Jan. 5, two weeks before the inauguration, to begin practice.
The choir is scheduled for the 10-11 a.m. prelude slot in the inauguration.
The school will be broadcasting the performance for any students wishing to see the performance. Green said,
This is really just an honor for all of us [at Lee]
Ensemble directors were unable to be reached for comment.