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Longview Musicians to Perform at Carnegie Hall

LeTourneau University Director of Fine Arts Dr. Jim Taylor has been invited to conduct a festival concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City on June 10, 2019, where he will premier his new 20-minute composition for choir and orchestra, titled Cambridge Songs Suite No. 2.

Dr. Jim Taylor at Carnegie Hall posterTaylor will be taking with him the LeTourneau Singers, the Longview Civic Chorus and other experienced choral singers from around East Texas to New York for this once-in-a-lifetime event. Other music being presented includes the Baroque work Magnificat by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi.

Experienced choral singers from around East Texas who are interested in participating can contact Taylor by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an audition and details.

Fundraising events will be held throughout the next several months to raise funding to help students with costs of travel.

One of the fundraisers is an upcoming old-fashioned “Hymn Sing” event on from 5 to 6:15 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, in the Speer Chapel at LeTourneau University campus in Longview. The public is invited to come sing old-fashioned hymns with harmonies and parts, a cappella singing and opportunities to call out favorites. The Hymn Sing will be led by Taylor and David Berryhill of the First Baptist Church of Kilgore, which is providing the hymnals. A love offering from participants will be received to help the LeTourneau Singers with the trip to Carnegie Hall.

An online raffle for a chance to win a trip to New York City, including airfare, hotel accommodations, a concert ticket to the Carnegie Hall performance and $100 spending cash is being conducted. Each raffle ticket will provide one chance to win. Only 200 tickets will be raffled. Others can pledge support at the same website.

LeTourneau Singers also are ready to do work, from babysitting, house cleaning, yard work, gutter cleaning and leaf raking, to raise funding for their trip. Anyone interested in renting a college student to do these kinds of projects can contact Jim Taylor by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (903) 233-3379.

LeTourneau University is the Christian polytechnic university in the nation where educators engage students to nurture Christian virtue, develop competency and ingenuity in their professional fields, integrate faith and work, and serve the local and global community. LETU offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs across a range of disciplines and delivery models at LETU’s residential campus in Longview, Texas, hybrid options at centers in the Dallas and Houston areas and fully online programs. For additional information, visit www.letu.edu.

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