Louisiana Tech University, established in 1894, has had a long history of choral excellence. The choral program currently includes Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, and involves between 80 and 100 singers. The Tech choir program has been in existence since shortly after the establishment of Louisiana Polytechnic Institute, now Louisiana Tech University. The Chamber Singers were established in 1988, with members being selected from the ranks of Concert Choir. The Chamber Singers group, which has ranged in size from 12-26, was established as a performance ensemble for the Tech Madrigal Dinners (1988-1994).
Former members of the Tech choral program have established national and international reputations as performing and recording artists in opera, contemporary Christian music, and country music. Three former members of the Tech Choirs have held the position of Miss Louisiana. The Chamber Singers have performed in Carnegie Hall, for civic clubs, legislative bodies, various festivals and performed at the Louisiana Music Educators Association Conference. The Tech Choirs, in collaboration with the North Central Louisiana Masterworks chorus and orchestra, performed Mozart’s Requiem (2005) and Coronation Mass (2006). The Chamber Singers performed with a massed choir at the International Mozart Festival, summer, 2006. In the fall of 2007, Tech choirs participated in joint performances with the University of Louisiana at Monroe Chamber Singers, Monroe Symphony Chorus, and Monroe Symphony Orchestra. The Louisiana Tech choirs performed at the Lucerne Choral Festival in 2008 and Rome Choral Festival in 2010.
Dr. Robert Ferrington (1969-1988)
Ray Bradbury (1988-1989)
(Professor Bradbury inspired Ed Herring to complete his theory assignment, thereby producing the current version of our University Alma Mater.)
Dr. Laura Thompson (1989-1998)
Rebecca Replogle (1998-2001)
Dr. Jeff Parker (2001-2003)
Dr. Laura Thompson (2003-2008)
Dr. Sean Teets (2008-2013)
Dr. John Petzet (2013-present)
MUEN 232/432 - Chamber Singers (MWF 12:30-1:45)
The Chamber Singers is the premier mixed ensemble at Louisiana Tech University and consists of 24 singers from across the University community. This group performs works from the Renaissance through the twenty-first century. The ensemble performs throughout the academic year on the Louisiana Tech campus and at numerous private events in the Ruston area.
MUEN 231/431 - Concert Choir (TR 12:00-1:50)
The Concert Choir is an auditioned ensemble, open to Louisiana Tech students and community singers with previous choral experience. This mixed group performs a variety of a cappella and accompanied choral works on concerts each year both on and off campus.
Both groups are combined each academic year for a performance of a major choral/orchestral work. In 2009, Carmina Burana was performed with the Louisiana Tech Wind Ensemble under the direction of Jim Robken, Director of Bands. Handel's Messiah (2011), Mozart's Requiem (2012), and Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna (2012) was performed with orchestra and the North Central Louisiana Masterworks Chorus.
North Central LA Masterworks Chorus (M 6:00-7:30)
The Masterworks Chorus is a non-auditioned vocal ensemble committed to performing the finest of classical and contemporary choral repertoire. The ensemble is dedicated to enriching the lives of singers, audience members, and the community at large, to presenting professional quality performances that convey the joy of music, and to developing an expanded audience through education, creative programming, and the promotion of choral music.
The Chorus consists of members mainly from the north central Louisiana region. We generally perform two concerts per year and welcome all adults who would like to join the Masterworks Chorus. To join contact Dr. John Petzet, Director of Choral Activities.
Service awards are available to qualified members of the Chamber Singers and Concert Choir. Full-time Tech choral program students must participate in a chorus for credit in the fall quarter to be eligible for the winter and spring quarter awards. Selection is by application and audition.
Auditions are held at the beginning of each quarter.
Please prepare one song of your choice or sing a major
scale. Service award auditions include sight readings.
To schedule an audition contact Dr. John Petzet.
Tech Choral Society
The Tech Choral Society supports the choral program at Louisiana Tech University. The student-run organization assists all choirs by providing service projects such as tailgating and donating items to the music program. Tech Choral Society provides scholarships and other forms of financial assistance to undergraduate students at our university. The group is a major contributor when the choirs travel internationally on tour.
Louisiana Tech Choral Department and North Central Louisiana Masterworks Chorus Fall 2012
Soloists: Dr. Lisa Maxedon, Soprano; Dr. Susan Olson, Mezzo-Soprano; Bray Wilkins, Tenor; Dr. Christopher Gilliam, Bass