BSC Concert Choir
The Concert Choir's history began with late BSC music professors Raymond Anderson and Hugh Thomas. Each brought his musicianship and dedication to the Concert Choir and established the foundation of quality the college strives to continue today. Since 1993, the choir has been led by Dr. Lester Seigel, who holds the Joseph Hugh Thomas endowed professorship at Birmingham-Southern.
The 44 mixed-voice ensemble tours extensively and has made appearances in Europe, and at regional and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. The Concert Choir also periodically performs major works with members of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. The choir has issued several CD recordings of music for the holiday season, featuring selections from the annual Carol Service.
In June 2007, the Choir toured in the Czech Republic and Austria, performing in several distinguished locales (Vienna's Karlskirche, shown above), including a command performance for the US Embassy in Prague at the historic Clam-Gallas Palace.
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Performances in 2012-2013:
Friday, November 30, 2012, at 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 2, 2012, at 4:30 PM
The 76th Annual Service of Lessons and Carols
At Canterbury United Methodist Church (click for directions)
The BSC Concert Choir is joined by the BSC Southern Chorale and Alumni Choir in this annual Hilltop tradition. Begun at McCoy Methodist Church near the campus, this beautiful service has been held at Canterbury since 1994. It continues to 'start the season' for thousands of students, parents, alumni and friends. Of special interest this year are two premiere performances: Phillip Rhodes' A Lullaby For the Nativity and A Light, a work commissioned for the Alumni Choir by music composition graduate Josh Crowe (BM '11).
March 13-17, 2013
Annual Spring Tour
The choir makes its annual spring tour to churches and schools in the Auburn/Opelika, Dothan, Pensacola areas, and other locations in that area TBA. Details forthcoming!
Sunday, April 7, 2013, 4:00 PM
At Bluff Park United Methodist Church, 733 Valley Street, Hoover, AL
The Choir returns from its spring tour with a varied program including works by Francis Poulenc, Benjamin Britten, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel and more. A special emphasis will be on the voice of women poets as diverse as Edna St. Vincent Millay, Sara Teasdale, Roberta Flack and Odetta! Don't miss this annual spring event by the choir!
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Excerpts from the Choir's 2006-2007 repertoire: