About Lafayette Choir
The Lafayette Choral department serves over 200 students in six choirs and consistently receives distinguished ratings at festivals and competitions. The Lafayette Chorale has performed in concert with the University of Louisville Collegiate Chorale, the Lexington Philharmonic, and have sung for internationally recognized conductors, Dr. Eph Ehly (Kansas City Conservatory), Nicol Matt (Germany), Dr. Anton Armstrong (St. Olaf College), Jonathan Reed (Michigan State), Dr. Jefferson Johnson (University of Kentucky), and Dr. Kent Hatteberg (University of Louisville). The choirs have appeared before the Kentucky Music Educators Conference and the American Choral Director’s Southern Division Conference. Recent tours have included Chicago, Memphis, New York City, Orlando, Gatlinburg, and Washington D.C. The choirs have sung at well-known venues including the Basilica of the National Shrine and the White House in Washington D.C. and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.
An important focus of the choral department is individual improvement. This is achieved through a private lesson program entitled Mastering Musicianship funded in part by the Chorus Boosters. Over 40% of Lafayette choral students take private voice lessons either at Lafayette or with independent private teachers.
LHS Choir sends several students each year to the country's finest music schools. These schools have included Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, University of Kentucky, University of Michigan, Vanderbilt, and the University of Louisville.
The Men’s and Women’s Choruses are un-auditioned training choirs. These choirs focus on fundamentals of music, vocal technique and music theory. In these choirs, students are prepared for future membership in Lafayette’s advanced choirs.
Advanced Women’s Choir was founded in Fall 2009 and is an auditioned choir made up of SCAPA voice majors, students of all grade levels. Several young women take this choir as their second or third choral ensemble.
Lafayette Singers serves as the primary mixed ensemble of the choral department at Lafayette. Its tradition exemplifies the quality of the outstanding choral music that has become a part of the history of Lafayette Senior High School. “Singers” is a performance-oriented class geared to expose students to a wide variety of choral literature, ranging from the various historical styles through rehearsal and performance.
The Lafayette Chorale is the advanced vocal ensemble of the choral department at Lafayette. The Chorale was founded in Fall 2004 to create another high quality choral ensemble to meet the needs of Lafayette students. The Chorale performed in 2005 for the Kentucky Music Educators Association state conference and is regularly invited to perform with the Lexington Philharmonic and Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra.
The Madrigal Singers are primarily juniors and seniors often enrolled in the course as their second choral ensemble. The group performs chamber music, madrigals, and high quality choral repertoire from all time periods and styles. The Lafayette Madrigal Singers compete annually in the University of Louisville Margaret Comstock Chamber Choir Competition and have won first place nine times. The Madrigal Singers are state, nationally, and internationally recognized. The group performed for the Kentucky Music Educator’s State Conference in 2009, appeared as a featured choir at the Southern Division American Choral Directors Association Conference in March 2010, and again in 2015. The group was recently awarded two silver medals at the World Choir Games in Cincinnati in 2012, and a gold diploma at the Sing 'N' Joy competition in Louisville, 2014.
SCAPA Vocal Students: The School of Creative and Performing Arts vocal major is a unique opportunity for students to study solo voice in addition to their ensemble experience. Voice students receive private instruction approximately once every two weeks and participate in monthly performance and master classes as well as recitals, solo performances and contests.
A Tradition of Singing