Choirs range from beginning choirs to advanced singing level abilities. At Lexington Catholic we have Begining Choir, Concert Choir, Advanced Men’s Choir, Advanced Women’s Choir, Chamber Choir, and Chorale. We also have three pop a capella groups, which rehearse after school. These are the women’s groups, Midknight M’ Ladyes and Knight N Gals, and the men’s group, After Hours.
In recent years the choir has grown from under thirty students with one part-time instructor to over one hundred fifty students with two full-time instructors. The school has six curricular ensembles (Beginning, Concert, Advanced Men’s & Women’s, Chamber Choirs and Chorale). There are also four extra-curricular groups (Midknight M’Ladyes, Knight N Gals, After Hours, and Music Ministry). The music department has developed its curriculum to include Honors Music Theory, AP Music Theory, Introduction to Piano, Advanced Piano, and Introduction to Guitar. Annually the choir program has six concerts; participates in various honor choirs, festivals, and competitions; maintains a large private voice program of over thirty students; collaborates with music education students from the University of Kentucky; and tours locally, nationally, and internationally. The choirs have received high ratings and first place awards at district festivals and during trips to Cincinnati, Orlando, Chicago, Washington D.C., and New York.
The choir program sponsors the LCHS Vocal Music Award, a scholarship program designed to recognize excellent incoming and graduating students who will pursue vocal music.
The choir also commissions a new choral composition each year (below is a list of the composers and their compositions). The choir premiered One Final Song, a composition by Dr. James Mulholland, who rehearsed the choir in person. The choirs have also frequently collaborated with well-known arranger Deke Sharon. In 2007 the choir program was the recipient of a $25,000 grant from the Lucille Little Foundation for the purchase of a 6’0” Boston Grand Piano.
The choir took its first international tour during the summer of 2008 to France and Italy. Trip highlights included performances in Notre Dame and St. Peter’s Basilica. In June 2012 the choirs traveled to Vienna, Venice, Florence, & Rome. The Chamber Choir was selected to perform the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) state convention in February 2009. The choir program has also collaborated in performance with The Lexington Philharmonic, The Lexington Singers, Centenary United Methodist Church Choir, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Choir, and the Spellman College Glee Club. Other notable experiences include performances at St. Joseph Cathedral (Columbus, Ohio), St. John the Divine Cathedral (New York), and St Peter’s on the Hill (Washington D.C.) and clinics with Dr. Michael Slon, Dr. Jefferson Johnson, Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt, Dr. Charlene Archibeque, and Tom Carter.
Year Title Composer Publisher
2011 One Final Song James Mulholland Colla Voce
2010 Psalm of the Sea David Childs
2009 Song of Creation Joseph Martin Shawnee
2008 Fantasia on Psalm 150 Linda Spevacek Heritage
2007 Appalachian Celebration Earlene Rentz Carl Fischer
Recent graduates have successfully become involved in music departments of the following:
American Music & Drama Academy
College of William & Mary
Eastern Kentucky University
Illinois Wesleyan University
Mississippi State University
Murray State University
Ohio State University
Northern Kentucky University
San Diego State University
University of Dayton
University of Kentucky
University of Louisville
University of Michigan
Wake Forest University
Washington & Lee University
Western Kentucky University
Rob Vanover is in his ninth year as a full-time choral music faculty member at Lexington Catholic High School and his fifth year as Organist / Music & Worship Associate at Centenary United Methodist Church. Previously, he has held many positions as a choral conductor and accompanist. Included among these are Organist / Choir Director of Woodland Christian Church from 2000-2007, Director of Music Ministries at St. Peter Church from 2006-2009, accompanist for the University of Kentucky Women’s Choir from 2000-2007, staff accompanist at Georgetown College for 2006-2007, and Studio accompanist for the Voice Studio of Gail Robinson at UK from 2001-2007. In addition he is currently Organist / Choir Director for the Lexington Latin Mass Community and accompanist for the Lexington Singers Children’s Choir. Mr. Vanover earned the Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from the University of Kentucky and is currently finishing the Master of Music in Sacred Music.
Katie Owen is a native of Lexington and is in her second year of teaching at Lexington Catholic High School. She graduated from Georgetown College in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, emphasis in voice. She also received a Master of Science in Education (Counseling Psychology) from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Eastern Kentucky University. Ms. Owen has been a member of the Lexington Singers for 15 years and has performed as a soloist with this group at various venues including St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, and St. Mark's Basilica in Venice. She is currently serving as President Elect on the Board of Directions for the Lexington Singers. Ms. Owen has also performed with local theater groups including Paragon Music Theater, The REP, and UK Opera Theatre. Most recently she has been teaching classes at Musikgarten of Lexington and private voice lessons and voice classes through The REP.