The Lycoming College Choir is a university choir that performs regularly in the United States. The choir is based at Lycoming College, which is a four-year private college in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USA.
The College Choir is the largest of three choral groups at Lycoming. It is the college's "full choir" and numbers over 115 students. It is open to students from all academic fields. Auditions, to determine voice parts only, are held each September. The Choir is open to every student who loves to sing.
The choir's repertoire consists of both sacred and secular music ranging from classical standards to new works by contemporary composers, as well as folk, world music, and modern styles.
The choir serves the school body by supplying music for every major school event on campus and is inseparable from the spirit of Lycoming College. The Lycoming College Choir's annual schedule includes fall performances at Freshman Convocation, multiple concerts and events during Family Weekend, and the Christmas Candlelight Service. During Graduation Weekend in May, the choir performs at Baccalaureate, at the Graduation Concert, and at Commencement.
The Choir also gives frequent performances during Sunday services at Williamsport-area churches, including First United Methodist, Pine Street United Methodist, St. Luke's Lutheran, St. Mark's Lutheran, and St. John's United Methodist. In addition, the Choir often hosts and performs with visiting college choirs, such as various friendship choirs from Europe, and with local orchestras.
In its seven decades of music, the Lycoming College Choir has performed hundreds of concerts, and has appeared multiple times at the National Cathedral, the Washington Shrine, the Crystal Cathedral, Coral Ridge, and New York City's Saint John the Divine and Saint Patrick's Cathedrals.
The Lycoming College Choir also provides ample opportunities for choir members to socialize. Popular frequent activities have included a choir picnic (in past years often held at the Little League facility), an ice-cream social, the inter-choir Secret Santa tradition at Christmastime, and the end-of-year Choir banquet. The Choir has also promoted fundraising efforts, including Volleyball Marathons and Singing Valentines. Lycoming Choir members tend to develop some of the strongest friendship bonds on campus, which last well after graduation.
Harry Claude Baum