The Lexington Singers have been performing major works in central Kentucky and around the world for 60 years, making it one of the longest continuously performing independent community choral groups in America. Based in Lexington, Kentucky, The Lexington Singers currently comprises five choirs with over 300 voices and provides opportunities for children, youth and adults.
As we celebrate our 60th anniversary season in 2018, our history is heralded by many performances of wonderful music by great composers. Some of the works that we have performed include Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Mozart’s Requiem, Brahms’ German Requiem, Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, Verdi’s Requiem, and Carol Barnett’s The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass. There are seven to ten performances in the concert season, including concerts with orchestras, collaborative concerts with other choral organizations, an annual performance of music from Handel’s Messiah, and our very popular spring Pops concert. Tour concerts have included performances at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, St. Mark’s basilica in Venice, Vienna’s Hofburg Palace, the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, Iglesia de Santa Maria in Spain, and two concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
National & International Tours
As part of The Lexington Singers’ mission to represent the best of Kentucky outside the Commonwealth, special concert tours beyond our borders have always been important, beginning with concerts in the 1960s in Cincinnati, just across the Ohio River, and the group’s Carnegie Hall debut in New York. And The Lexington Singers’ first European tour was during the group’s fifteenth season, in Romania.
In the summer of 2000, The Lexington Singers toured Austria and France, performing the Mozart Requiem at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna and giving open air concerts in Salzburg and Innsbruck. A highlight of the trip was the singing of evening mass at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, featuring the Mozart Missa Brevis as well as Tschesnokov’s Salvation is Created and Bruckner’s Ave Maria.
In the summer of 2003, The Lexington Singers returned to Europe to tour northern Italy. The concert series began with mass at St. Peter’s basilica in Rome, followed by an enthusiastically received concert in Florence at the European University Institute, and ended with morning mass at St. Mark’s basilica in Venice. The latter, at the church considered to be the home of polychoral music, saw the group break into two equal choirs at opposite sides of the church, resulting in a challenging but exciting finale to the tour.
Special concerts in nationally recognized US venues have included a concerts at Carnegie Hall in 2000 featuring Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem and again, and during the 2013-14 season where we premiered The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass. In 2010 In 2010 The Lexington Singers made our Kennedy Center debut in 2010 as part of a multi-ensemble performance of Our Lincoln.
The summer of 2007 saw The Lexington Singers touring Brazil, with concerts in some of South America’s most prestigious venues including the Theatro Politheama in Sao Paulo and Candelaria Cathedral in Rio de Janeiro.
In the summer of 2019 The Lexington Singers are proud to be making our performance debut in South Africa where we will also be performing our international debut of a newly commissioned.
Scholarships and Awards
Each year The Lexington Singers honors outstanding choral music students from area high schools and awards a scholarship to a local college music student.
Repertoire list: major works recently performed
|Joseph Baber||An American Requiem|
|Johann Sebastian Bach||Magnificat|
|Ludwig von Beethoven||Missa Solemnis|
|Ludwig von Beethoven||Ninth Symphony|
|Leonard Bernstein||Chichester Psalms|
|Johannes Brahms||Alto Rhapsody|
|Johannes Brahms||A German Requiem|
|Benjamin Britten||St. Nicholas|
|Benjamin Britten||War Requiem|
|René Clausen||A New Creation|
|René Clausen||Celebration Canticles|
|Jay Flippin||An Appalachian Triptych|
|Franz Joseph Haydn||Lord Nelson Mass|
|Franz Joseph Haydn||Missa Brevis in D|
|Gustav Mahler||Second Symphony|
|Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart||C Minor Mass|
|Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart||Requiem|
|Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart||Vespers to the Confessor|
|Carl Orff||Carmina Burana|
|Sergei Prokofiev||Alexander Nevsky|
|John Rutter||Mass of the Children|
|Peter Schubert||Mass in G|
|Igor Stravinsky||Symphony of Psalms|