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Wednesday, June 4, 2003

Lincoln University Conducting Concert Choir and Concert Band Scholarship On-Campus Auditions June 2-July 3; Students with Singing and Musical Instrument Talent are Encouraged to Try Out
Lincoln is offering musical scholarships to potential band and choir members.

Lincoln University, PA (www.lincoln.edu)—The Lincoln University Concert Choir and Concert Band are currently conducting on-campus auditions for students with singing and musical instrument talent. Students who earn a place on in the band or choir may be eligible for scholarships ranging between $1,000-$2,500 for the 2003-2004 academic year. Auditions began on June 2 and will continue through July 3.

According to Dr. William B. Garcia, artistic director of the Lincoln Concert Choir and chair of the University’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts, both performing groups are seeking students who have prior musical experience----such as singing or playing an instrument for a church or high school/community choir or band, or have taken formal music lessons. Dr. Garcia and band director David Gaines said current Lincoln students as well as students who are considering attending the University, are encouraged to apply.

“The Concert Choir and Concert Band are looking to expand our collective talent pools,” said Dr. Garcia. “While we currently have a number of gifted Lincoln students in the concert choir and band, we have lost some students to graduation. Through these scholarship auditions, we hope to replace those students and perhaps acquire some ‘diamonds in the rough’.”

If you are interested in auditioning for Lincoln’s Concert Choir and Concert Band, please call Dr. Garcia at (610) 932-1292. You may also contact Dr. Garcia via e-mail at wgarcia@lu.lincoln.edu.

The University Concert Choir and Concert Band are the premier choral and instrumental ensembles at Lincoln and have a long tradition of excellence. The Concert Choir recently completed an East Coast tour and has performed at such high profile events as Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell’s inaugural festivities in Harrisburg, Pa. earlier this year.

The Concert Choir and Concert Band are composed of University students who are majoring in music, computer science, communications, mathematics, biology, chemistry, education, and other disciplines offered at the University. Members come from Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington, DC, and Connecticut.

Lincoln University, which recently kicked off a yearlong celebration of its sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) is nationally recognized as a major producer of African Americans with undergraduate degrees in the physical sciences (biology, chemistry and physics) as well as computer sciences. Lincoln has the unprecedented distinction among all colleges and universities of having two of its alumni honored with U.S. commemorative stamps.
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For more information, contact:
Samuel W. Pressley, Director
Howard G. Kelly, Jr. Assistant Director
Lincoln University's Office of Marketing & Communications,
610-932-1094; e-mail: spressley@lu.lincoln.edu; home: 856-582-9574; hkelly@lu.lincoln.edu

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