Lyon College's music major is rooted in the history and theory of music, as well as in performance. It is well suited to students who wish to pursue graduate study in performance, music education, music theory, or musicology; potential church musicians; and students who wish to study music in tandem with other disciplines.
In addition to studying music in the classroom, music majors will develop their skills as performers (in voice, piano, organ, or selected instrumental areas) in private lessons with a member of the music faculty. A basic level of skill at the piano is expected of all music majors; therefore, a piano proficiency examination must be passed by the senior year. All music majors must also complete a senior project that will culminate in the form of a public recital, lecture-recital, or lecture.
Aside from private lessons, students can further their studies by performing with the Lyon College Concert Chorale, the Lyon College Concert Band, the Lyon College Flute Choir, and the Lyon College Pipe Band. Students in these ensembles study not only a variety of musical and non-musical fields, but also may, based upon an audition, receive financial aid for their continued participation.
Major campus concerts are held in Brown Chapel, which seats 500. This room features a 37-rank mechanical action Holtkamp pipe organ, built in 1980, and two full-size Baldwin grand pianos. Organ students also have access to the neo-baroque Flentrop pipe organ located at the Christian Science Society in Batesville. The elegant Bevens Music Room, which seats 120, provides phenomenal acoustics for chamber music and solo performances and features an eight-foot Kawai grand piano. Other grand and spinet pianos, as well as a Hubbard harpsichord, are available for student practice in the Brown Chapel Fine Arts Building.
Guest Voice Recital: Natalie Ingrisano (soprano) and David Schrader (organ)
Thursday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Christian Science Society, 1740 E. College Avenue
Seattle soprano Natalie Ingrisano and Chicago orgainst David Schrader will present an evening of classical music selections.
Symphonic Winds Concert: The Universal Language
Friday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Brown Chapel-Fine Arts Building
Under the direction of Mr. Montgomery Hill, the Lyon College Symphonic Winds will welcome the Brookland High School Band, directed by Mr. Terry Hogard, for a concert featuring music from around the world.
Gospel Choir Concert
Sunday, March 4 at 3 p.m. in Brown Chapel-Fine Arts Building
Lyon College Gospel Choir Director Makeita Williams and The Anointed Ones will present an afternoon of gospel favorites.
World Music Night
Thursday, March 8 at 5 p.m. in Bevens Music Room, Brown Chapel-Fine Arts Building
The Highlander Youth Singers and special guest musicians will preform a wide variety of traditional music, both regional and worldwide.
Quapaw String Quartet
Friday, March 23 at 7 p.m. in Bevens Music Room, Brown Chapel-Fine Arts Building
The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's renowned resident string quartet, the Quapaw Quartet, will perform Mozart's Adaigo and Fugue in C minor, K. 546; Bartok's String Quartet No. 3; and Dvorak's String Quartet No. 13 in G Major, Op. 106.
Music for Holy Week
Sunday, March 25 at 4 p.m. in Bevens Music Room, Brown Chapel-Fine Arts Building
Solo and ensemble selections for Holy Week, including Heinrich's
Seven Last Words from teh Cross and Andrew Llyod Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar.
Jazz at the Melba
Tuesday, March 27 at 7 p.m. in the Melba Theatre
Under the direction of Mr. Montgomery Hill, the Lyon College Jazz Band will welcome the Batesville High School Jazz Band, directed by Mr. Josh Poff, for an evening of jazz classics.
Arkansas Scottish Festival Concert
Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m. in Brown Chapel-Fine Arts Building
Celtic music by the Lyon College Pipe Band, Symphonic Winds, and Concert Chorale will perform a kickoff concert for the Arkansas Scottish Festival, which runs from Friday, April 13 to Sunday, April 15.
Tuesday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Bevens Music Room, Brown Chapel-Fine Arts Building
Lyon College music students present both vocal and instrumental selections of classical and popular music.
Spring Choral Concert
Friday, May 4 at 7:30 in Brown Chapel-Fine Arts Building and Sunday, May 6 at 4 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Newport, 301 Hazel Street
Dr. Michael Oriatti will conduct Beatus Vir by Claudio Monteverdi and Requiem by Gabriel Faur
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