Conducted by Dr. Christopher Jackson, the Lycoming College Tour Choir has a long history of quality performances throughout the United States and throughout the world. Since its inception in 1947 by Walter McIver, the choir has presented concerts in every state east of the Mississippi River, California, Canada, Puerto Rico, Argentina, and across Europe. The choir tours nationally each year and internationally every three years. Most recently, in 2010, the choir had a 10-day tour through Argentina. In its seven decades of music, the Lycoming College Choir has performed hundreds of concerts including appearances at the National Cathedral, the Washington Shrine, the Crystal Cathedral, Coral Ridge, New York City’s Saint John the Divine and Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. The choir has been featured twice in the Holiday Celebrations at the White House, and is making its first appearance on the Asian continent this year on our visit to China.
The Tour Choir is selected each year by competitive audition from the 115-voice College Choir, which is comprised of students from all academic fields. Approximately 40 students are chosen annually to perform with the Tour Choir each year. During our tours, the choir visits and collaborates with high school and volunteer choruses in addition to its performing schedule. This type of educational outreach is central to the choir’s goal of creating a greater sense of community among all levels of music education. The choir’s repertoire consists of both sacred and secular music ranging from classical standards, new works by contemporary composers, as well as folk, world music, and modern styles. This year’s Tour Choir concert features many members of the Lycoming College Music Department in addition to the choir. Our young department is thriving and we hope that through the variety of our programming and the quality of our faculty and students you will enjoy our offering to you.
Dr. Christopher Jackson is in his third year as the Director of Choral Activities at Lycoming College where he conducts the Lycoming College Choir, Lycoming Chamber Choir, and Tour Choir, and teaches music history, conducting, vocal methods and applied voice lessons. He is regularly sought for High School vocal/choral clinics and workshops in the state of Pennsylvania. Most recently, he was honored by his selection to conduct the Pennsylvania Region Honor Chorus. At Lycoming College he co-founded the Lycoming Baroque Choir and Orchestra. The newly formed group focuses on performing Masterpieces of the Baroque Period and consists of an auditioned chorus of singers and music educators from the ages of 16 to 65 and from all professions.
In addition to teaching, conducting, and academic research, Christopher is also active as a professional choral singer and soloist. He will be featured on Skylark Vocal Ensemble’s upcoming album, Crossing Over, in the spring of 2016 and has sung with other professional ensembles such as the Tucson Chamber Artists, Kinnara Ensemble, The South Dakota Chorale, and more.
Before coming to Lycoming, Dr. Jackson directed the University of North Texas Men’s Chorus in Denton, Texas. During his time there, he was also the assistant conductor of the UNT Collegium Singers, the school’s premiere early music ensemble, as well as The Denton Bach Society. Prior to his work in Texas, Dr. Jackson taught choir and music theory at Catalina Foothills High School in Tucson, AZ, where he also served as Vice-President of High-School Activities of AzMEA’s Choral Chapter, and assistant director of the early music ensemble, Musica Sonora.
Dr. Jackson received his BA in voice performance from Oklahoma State University, and his MM in choral conducting from Westminster Choir College, and was the graduate assistant conductor of the Westminster Symphonic Choir under Dr. Joe Miller. He received his DMA in choral conducting from the University of North Texas.