Singers Hold 12th ‘Signing of the Standards of Excellence’
Posted on Wednesday, September 08, 2010 [10:46 PM]
Members of the Lindsey Wilson Singers walk Wednesday night from the
Humanities Center to the John B. Begley Chapel as part of the
"Signing of the Standards of Excellence."
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Travelers on a journey, bungee
jumping, white-water rafting, and athletes who compete in
All have something in common with collegiate choral singers --
That was one of the messages delivered Wednesday night at the
Lindsey Wilson College Singers' 12th-annual "Signing of the
Standards of Excellence."
Created more than a decade ago by the group's officers,
the annual ceremony asks the co-curricular group's members to
pledge themselves and the group to high artistic, intellectual,
spiritual and personal standards. As part of the ceremony, each
member signs their name into a book that contains the ensemble's
"Standards of Excellence."
"It's a wonderful experience that was created over a
decade ago by the officers, and every officer group since then has
felt it worthwhile to continue this tradition," Associate Professor
of Music & Religion and Director of Choral Programs Gerald L. Chafin told the 31 members of the
2010-11 Lindsey Wilson Singers on Wednesday night. "And I suppose
that even after all these years, I'm still learning and growing in
my understanding of exactly what being a Lindsey Wilson College
Singer is all about."
In addition to performing several times a year on campus and in
the community, the Lindsey Wilson Singers, under the direction of
Chafin, make a performance tour each spring to a region of the
The previous 11 ceremonies were held in the John B. Begley
Chapel. The chapel's acoustic panels featured flags from the U.S.
states and territories where the Singers have performed. But the
Begley Chapel ran out of space to display the flags, so the first
part of this year's "Standards" was moved to the W.W. Slider
Humanities Center Recital Hall; the Singers' flags were hung from
the hall's rafters. The ceremony ended with a candlelight ceremony
in the Begley Chapel.
"There weren't ever enough panels to hang all of the flags (in
the Begley Chapel), and in few years there won't be enough beams
(in Slider Recital Hall) to hang all of our flags," Chafin
Singers President Katelin Frederick of Hustonville, Ky., told
her colleagues that being a member of the choral group for the last
three years "is one opportunity I'm glad that I had the chance to
take and didn't pass up."
Frederick said the energy, intensity and passion invested in the
Singers' rehearsals create a family atmosphere.
"We all come together at the beginning of the year, some as
strangers, some as well-seasoned veterans and friends," she said.
"Regardless of where we start, though, we cannot and will not
finish in the same way. We become a family."
Singers officer John Brown of Albany, Ky., compared the
intensity of being a Lindsey Wilson Singer to that of bungee
jumping, white-water rafting or competing in a triathlon.
"While we won't be falling hundreds of feet, battling nature's
rapids or biking up miles of mountainous terrain, as members of
this group, we are all guaranteed to experience intensity and to
display intensity to those for whom we perform," Brown said.
Chafin told the Singers that "it takes time for the full impact
of what we do to fully sink in."
"We are indeed travelers on a journey," he said. "Over time and
with various Singers' experiences, our understanding will increase
and our appreciation will deepen and grow for this ensemble."
And Chafin reminded the Singers not to lose sight of their
"All of this is driven by the amazing opportunity to create
music, to worship God, to bring class to a situation," he said.
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