The A Cappella Singers is the premiere choir of the School of Music at Lipscomb University, and rehearses on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. This ensemble is open by audition to all Lipscomb Students, and Music Majors, Non-Majors, and Music Minors may receive a scholarship for their participation. Each fall, the choir prepares for its annual recruiting tour, which consists of concerts at churches and schools throughout the United States.The A Cappella Singers also prepares Christmas music for a yearly performance with Nashville recording artist Amy Grant at one of Lipscomb’s special winter traditions, Lighting of the Green.The choir devotes the spring semester to the preparation of a combined choral and orchestral work for the final performance of each academic year. Recent choral/orchestral works have included Vivaldi’s Gloria, Brahms’ Requiem, Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and Mozart’s Requiem. Dr. Gary P. Wilson conducts the group.
Gary P. Wilson, D.M.A., divides his professional time between the roles of conductor, scholar, and teacher. His responsibilities as Director of Choral Activities include conducting the A Cappella Singers, overseeing the choral/vocal program, and directing the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Choirs under his leadership have performed at regional and state music conferences, in New York City's Carnegie Hall, and in venues throughout the United States and Europe. He is a frequent conductor and clinician for honor choirs and festival choirs, and ted the Arkansas All State Choir in 2007.
Dr. Wilson holds undergraduate and masters degrees from Harding University and Baylor University, and is the first recipient of the doctorate in choral conducting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he studied with Peter A. Eklund. His research on the choral music of American composer Edward MacDowell was published by Mellen