Part of Lux's mission, aside from breaking the societal and financial barriers surrounding classical choral music, is to create opportunities for and inspire the next generation of young choral artists. As a group which began with a small group of high school students, we believe deeply in the ability of young musicians around the country and the world to organize, lead, and perform at a high level. As such, we work with high school students both inside and outside of school, inspiring them to find and create their own opportunities, and to assist them along the way.
Aside from our singers' professional pedigrees and their ability to bring these skills into the classroom, Lux brings a fresh look to choral outreach for students. With a young core of professional singers who got our start as high schoolers, we know and remember well what it's like being a choral singer in high school, not to mention what it's like to start your own ensemble while in school, and hone your craft as a young singer and/or conductor. We use this to our advantage, as we want students to feel like they know us as people rather than only professionals, because when students are comfortable with the people around them, that's when they learn the most. As performers and educators, we use our professional experiences to inform our teaching, and our relative youth to relate it back to students to do more than just educate, but to inspire them to join the choral world head-on!
Lux's Young Artist Program is a unique opportunity we offer for young singers. The first iteration of this program, originally to be launched in the Summer of 2020, has been postponed until we can safely return to in-person singing.
This program, open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school, is a rare opportunity for students to work in close contact with professional-level singers in both rehearsal and performance settings! Each accepted student will be paired with one of Lux's singers and learn one to two pieces of music on our upcoming program. Students will then attend and participate in music rehearsals, the dress rehearsal for Lux's Hyattsville concert, and finally, will perform that music in the concert on stage with Lux!
After each music rehearsal, students will have the opportunity to eat dinner and spend some time with the singers, giving them the chance to get to know Lux's singers and the other Young Artists, as well as the chance to ask any questions and pick up tips from their new friends and colleagues.
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With a constantly shifting roster built around a core of singers, Lux pulls from a roster varying anywhere from 20-25 singers. Of these singers...
Bring Lux into your classroom! With an in-school residency, we will work with your students over a full school-day, with whatever structure fits your schedule most. Though every residency is different to match each school and choral community, a typical residency can include Lux members singing alongside students, running full rehearsals and sectionals to give more specific feedback for each voice part, Q&A sessions, formal or informal concerts, and more. Contact us to plan a residency at your school today!
Lux is committed to aiding in the education of the next generation of young choral singers. In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, we know teachers are searching for online resources to help continue giving their students the phenomenal choral education experience they deserve. We wanted to help by providing a few resources, ourselves. Introducing Lux's Educational Miniseries!