Posted on Wednesday, September 05, 2012 [11:27 PM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- The key for a group to thrive
is to work together.
That was the message the members of the 2012-13 Lindsey Wilson
Singers received Wednesday night at their annual opening
"We want to be thriving," LWC Associate Professor of Music Gerald Chafin told the students at the
Singers' annual "Signing of Standards of Excellence" ceremony, held
in W.W. Slider Humanities Center Recital Hall. "Thriving is
achieved when two or more of us work to create something better
than we can create alone. It's not my way, it's not your way, it's
a better way -- it's the way that we create together."
For more than a decade, officers of the Lindsey Wilson Singers
have held the "Signing of Standards of Excellence" ceremony.
Wednesday night's hourlong ceremony included scripture readings,
reflections on the year's theme, prayers and singing. Each member
of of the choral ensemble signed their name to the group's
Standards of Excellence, pledging to maintain the group's high
level of performance, academic excellence and live a life of
In addition to performing at the college's major events, the
Lindsey Wilson Singers also give several public concerts during the
school year and take a spring tour to a U.S. region where they
perform at churches and become involved in community service.
For the first time in the event's history, the ceremony was held
with the students standing in a circle.
"We can do so much more together than we can alone," said Chafin,
who is also director of choral ensembles. "And this circle
represents that and all of its potential -- which we know is strong
this year, very strong."
Although he has been directing the Lindsey Wilson Singers since
1997-98, Chafin said he continues to understand the group's
significance and potential.
"I supposed that even after all these years, I'm still learning
and growing in my own understanding of exactly what it being a
Lindsey Wilson College Singer is all about," he said. "It makes me
realize … it takes time for us to realize the full impact of what
we do. Over time, our appreciation deepens."
More ... Click here to see a video clip from the
ceremony on the LWC Tumblr page.