Alexander Announces That Lee University Choir Will Sing At Inauguration Of President Of The United States

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Before an auditorium full of Lee University students, Senator Lamar Alexander announced Thursday that a combined chorus of the university’s choirs will perform at the inauguration of the President of the United States.    

“We do not yet know who will be inaugurated president in January,” Senator Alexander said, “but we do know who will be singing that day: the Lee University choir.”

Lee University’s performance will occur immediately before the official swearing-in ceremonies at midday on Jan.

21, in Washington, D.C. The Lee chorus will perform outdoors on the upper west terrace of the United States Capitol.

At the announcement Thursday with Lee University President Dr. Paul Conn, Senator Alexander said he recommended the Lee musicians because “their great talent and inspirational musicianship will thrill the millions of people who will be watching the inauguration of our president.”  

Senator Alexander issued the invitation on behalf of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, of which he is the vice chairman.

This is not the first time Senator Alexander has extended an invitation to Lee University students to participate in an inauguration. He invited Lynn Golden of Lee College, as the university was called at the time, to sing the national anthem when he was sworn-in as governor of Tennessee on January 20, 1979. The new governor had met and heard Lynn sing during his 1,000-mile campaign walk across Tennessee.

Of the senator's invitation today, Dr. Conn said, “We are honored to accept Senator Alexander’s invitation to send a Lee University choir to sing at the presidential inauguration. Lee has a great choral tradition, and the Festival Choir will include 200 talented college students to represent Tennessee in Washington. Lee University is a patriotic campus. At the last presidential inauguration, we suspended classes so students could watch the ceremonies together on TV in large groups around campus. We plan to do the same this year. It’s thrilling to know that, this year, our students will be part of the festivities.”

Dr. Conn said, “I am grateful to Senator Alexander for this wonderful opportunity. We’re so complimented that, of all the fine schools he might have invited, he chose Lee University.”

The university will send its Festival Choir to perform at the inaugural ceremony, an ensemble traditionally convened to sing at special events on Lee’s campus. The 200-voice choir will comprise students chosen from among the school's seven choirs.

Lee University’s musical program is world renowned. Lee’s choral ensembles have toured extensively at home and abroad for fifty years, singing in such venues as Carnegie Hall, the World’s Fair (NYC), the Kennedy Center, the White House and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
 
Lee’s School of Music, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, is comprised of two departments, the Department of Vocal Music and the Department of Instrumental Music. It offers Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs in performance, church music, and music education.

Lee University is a private, comprehensive university with a current enrollment of 4,954, located in Cleveland. Lee provides a liberal arts education in a Christ-centered environment, offering more than 100 degree programs among its four colleges: Arts and Sciences, Music, Education and Religion. 


Lee’s Dual Degree Engineering Program In The Works

Prospective and current students at Lee University will soon be able to take courses for a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics degree with a pre-engineering emphasis, thanks to a recent vote of approval by the faculty. The degree will be an option beginning this fall as part of Lee’s work towards an eventual dual-degree engineering major with partner institution Tennessee Technological ... (click for more)

Hiwassee College Says New Program Provides Safety Net For Students, Helping Graduates Repay Student Loans

Hiwassee College officials said they are so confident in the preparedness of their graduates to enter the workforce that they are further supporting student success after graduation. Beginning in the Fall of 2016, Hiwassee College will provide their new loan repayment assistance program, the Hiwassee College Advantage, to all incoming freshmen students. "Hiwassee College is ... (click for more)

County Commission Told To Fully Fund County Schools Improvement Request Would Take 28 1/2-Cent Property Tax Increase; 78 School Personnel Would Be Added

County Mayor Jim Coppinger told members of the County Commission at a budget workshop on Tuesday that it would take a 28 1/2-cent property tax increase to fully fund the county school budget request. The county schools are asking for $24,218,919 in new money for a focus on workforce readiness, literacy and low-performing schools. County Mayor Coppinger did not say whether ... (click for more)

Judge Poole Rules In Favor Of State On Billy Hawk Murder Cold Case Motions

Criminal Court Judge Don Poole has ruled that the state can introduce at the murder trial of Billy Hawk testimony about his alleged drug involvement with the victim in the case, Johnny Mack Salyer. Hawk is charged in the 1981 murder of Salyer, whose body was found in a 55-gallon drum in the Tennessee River. The witnesses indicated that Salyer was cooperating in the drug case ... (click for more)

Marvelous News From Central High School

To Roy Exum:     With all the recent news of major dysfunctions within our educational system, I thought I might alert you to something better. About a year ago you ventured up Highway 58 to Central High School to represent your late grandfather, Roy McDonald, as he was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus during the annual Senior Day festivities. I sort of expected ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Yes, A Social Experiment

JoeySalads, his screen name, is widely known for his funny pranks except for the fact he calls them “social experiments.” So while we are still on the transgender-restroom issue, our boy JoeySalads got a transgender friend to approve his attire before he tried his luck at entering women’s restrooms. I don’t think you’ll be real surprised at what really happened in this video. Click ... (click for more)