Lexington High School has enjoyed a rich history of excellence in choral music from as far back as the 1930s. Today the program consists of four curricular choirs, eight student-run collegiate style a cappella groups, and over 260 singers. Students in the choral program perform a wide range of challenging choral music representative of many styles, languages and time periods, including at least one major work each year. A typical season of repertoire includes selections from the great Western art canon, folk and multicultural music, vocal jazz, pop and musical theater. Last season, Lexington High School honors choruses performed the high school premiere of James Whitbourn’s Annelies. Other recent works include Carl Orff Carmina Burana, Leonard Bernstein Chichester Psalms, Gabriel Fauré Requiem, and Francis Poulenc Gloria, accompanied by a Lexington High School student orchestra. Emphasis in rehearsal is placed on the importance of individual contribution, and students take pride in preparing music outside of rehearsal time.
High School choruses are in high demand in the Greater Boston area, singing
around thirty different performances in a typical season. The LHS Women’s
Chorus is the newest ensemble at Lexington High School. In its eighth year,
the group has garnered critical acclaim in the region. Last December, the
group performed by invitation with the Concord Symphony under the direction of
Richard Pittman. LHS Women’s Chorus was a member of the 2014 ACDA Women’s
Commission Consortium, combining resources with 35 other women’s choral groups
at the high school, college, community and professional levels to commission
three female composers to create new choral works. Susan LaBarr’s Spring Shall Bloom was premiered at LHS
in the spring of 2015 and performed throughout our China tour. Last
season, Women’s Chorus premiered a brilliant work of Abbie Bettinis, A Blessing of Cranes, written to
commemorate the victims of the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima. The LHS Concert
Choir is the oldest of the select ensembles, having been established in 1964. In 2014, Concert Choir commemorated its 50th anniversary with a choral
commission from composer Matthew Harris. Last December, Concert Choir was special
guest artist with the Back Bay Chorale conducted by Scott Allen Jarrett and was also featured in a special performance at the Massachusetts
All-State Conference in Boston in March 2016. The LHS Madrigal Singers have been regionally
recognized for outstanding music making since their inception in 1972. The
Madrigal Singers, or “Mads,” is the smallest of the select ensembles.
Performing without a conductor, this group focuses on chamber music ensemble
skills. Madrigal Singers recently performed by invitation,
appearing as guest artists with New England Conservatory choruses, as featured
artists at the Old Ship Church’s (Hingham) Candlelight Concert Series, and as guest artist with world-renowned fiddler Eileen Ivers at Lexington's historic Cary Hall.
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