Lyon College students have the opportunity to participate in one or more music ensembles. All ensembles are open to music and non-music majors and students of any class year. Designed to hone essential performance skills and techniques, ensembles perform regularly on campus and often tour Arkansas and adjacent states.
Lyon offers six ensembles:
The concert chorale, directed by Dr. Michael Oriatti and accompanied by Dr. Russell Stinson, is a vocal esemble open to qualified students with approval of the director. The chorale performs a wide variety of literature, ranging from larger choral-orchestral works to folksongs and spirituals. It presents several concerts each year, both on and off campus.
The gospel choir, directed by Markeita Williams, '16, is a vocal ensemble open to both Lyon and Batesville community members regardless of their faith. The ensemble performs a variety of song forms drawn from the African American religious tradition.
The jazz band, directed by Montgomery Hill, is open to qualified students with approval of the director. The band performs often during the academic year, both on- and off-campus, and offers students instruction in the basic skills of performance.
Lyon's marching band, directed by Montgomery Hill, is open to qualified students with approval of the director. The band enthusiastically supports the College's athletic programs and represents Lyon with pride at home and away.
Lyon's award-winning pipe band, directed by Jimmy Bell, is comprised of students, faculty, and staff of Lyon College, as well as volunteer musicians from Batesville, Arkansas and surrounding communities. The band performs at official college functions, in community parades, and at venues around the state of Arkansas, and it regularly competes at festivals and games throughout the United States and abroad. Membership is open to qualified students with approval of the director.
The Lyon College Symphonic Winds, directed by Montgomery Hill, is Lyon's leading wind and percussion ensemble. Members perform a wide variety of musical styles, both classical and contemporary, from the wind band repertoire. Membership is open to qualified students with approval of the director.
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