The Waynesburg University Lamplighter Concert Choir is open to any Waynesburg University student, staff or faculty member. No audition is required to be a member of this choral group. While considered a co-curricular activity, Concert Choir may also be taken as a one-credit class (MUS 207) in fulfillment of the three credits required in fine arts. The choir rehearses twice a week and sings for several chapels each semester.
The Waynesburg University Lamplighter Touring Choir is an auditioned group consisting of approximately 25 members. Auditions are held prior to the start of school and during the first week of classes in the fall semester. The Touring Choir also sings for chapels and participates in the Music Department's concert each semester. In addition, they travel off-campus to sing at area churches and for community groups and local events.
The Touring Choir is as much a ministry group as it is a choral group. Concerts often include student testimonies and short skits to preface some pieces. The group also participates in some service activities and has performed in hospitals, prisons and nursing homes.
The repertoire of this group is varied, and may include everything from classical works and contemporary Christian anthems to Broadway show tunes.
The Waynesburg University Symphonic Band is at the center of the instrumental program. The band meets twice a week. Band is offered as an academic course, but many members choose a commitment to this ensemble strictly for the beautification of their lives.
Several small ensembles are based on student interest during the course of each semester. Transcriptions for a variety of instrumental combinations, including strings, are at the heart of the Waynesburg University music program. Jazz Jamz provides jazz combo experience for rhythm section players, as well as for solo vocalists and instrumentalists. This group and others like it have opportunities to perform at chamber ensemble concerts and chapel programs on campus, as well as at area civic events and churches off campus.
The Waynesburg University pep bands for football and basketball will reappear for the 2011-2012 fall and spring semesters.
Waynesburg offers applied lessons for all voice, woodwind, brass, and percussion students. Piano and guitar are also offered for college credit, and both studios show growth each semester. Many students choose these 25-minute, once-a-week lessons as a part of their liberal arts program.
For more information on any of these programs, Contact Ronda DePriest