Program of Study: Music
Academic Division: Communication Arts, Humanities and Fine Arts
CLC's four choral ensembles perform at three concerts per year – fall, winter and spring. In addition, the Gospel Choir sings in the annual Salute to Gospel Music Program, held in February, and performs a full concert in March. The choirs are directed by Dr. Charles Clency, who joined the college in 2004.
Community members and students are invited to participate in CLC Music Department ensembles or to take private lessons for college credit or personal enrichment. There is a nominal registration fee per semester for non-credit participation in any vocal ensemble. To register for music ensembles and courses for personal enrichment, visit Continuing-Music (CMSC) Personal Enrichment and Leisure Courses. If college credit is desired, view individual course descriptions of Continuing-Music courses for credit options.
This select group of 24 vocalists learn demanding music during rehearsals from 12:30-1:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Members perform accompanied and a cappella diverse choral music, including madrigals, ballads and vocal jazz. A simple audition is required two weeks prior to the spring and fall semesters.
Formed in spring 2010, this small group of 12-16 singers focuses on choral literature from Renaissance to modern. The Chamber Singers rehearse on Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. in P105. The choir is open by audition only.
Composed of 40-50 CLC students and community members, this choir is the entry point for singers with all ranges of experience and musical training. It is basically a community choir that includes traditional college-age students, staff and community members. No audition is required. The choir's goal is to advance the choral art through rehearsal and performance and the production of appealing vocal music. The choir seeks to engage in musical activities that enhance the community choral art. Repertoire is broad and encompasses styles of Americana, theatrical, oratorio, ballad, popular and early American folk music. The choir rehearses on Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m. in D100.
The exciting and inspirational music performed by one of CLC's newest vocal ensemble often brings audiences to their feet or joining with them, clapping in joyful rhythm. With dynamic soloists sharing their talents, the Gospel Choir performs traditional and contemporary gospel music as well as spirituals. An ethnically diverse group of 40-50 singers, ranging in age from teens to seniors, blend their talents to inspire audiences at several concerts throughout the year, including the college's annual Salute to Gospel Music concert in February. Gospel Choir members may choose the rehearsal location of their choice – Monday nights at the Grayslake Campus or Saturday afternoons at the Lakeshore Campus in Waukegan.
Dr. Charles Clency
Dr. Charles Clency holds three degrees in music: an undergraduate degree with honors from Northeastern Illinois University and master's and doctorate degrees in choral conducting earned at Indiana University and University of Miami, respectively.
While still an undergraduate student, Dr. Clency was recruited as accompanist-arranger for the legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. In this capacity, he traveled worldwide until Miss Jackson's death in 1972.
He served as associate professor of music from 1988-1999 at the Florida Memorial University in Miami. While in Florida, Dr. Clency also conducted the Miami Oratorio Society. Later, after relocating to Houston, he served as resident conductor with the Houston Ebony Opera Guild and director of music at the mega-size Brentwood Baptist Church.
In 2004, Dr. Clency joined the CLC music faculty. During his tenure, he has added such courses to the curriculum as Ear-Training and Sight-Singing and the Chamber Singers. In 2007, he led 33 members of the CLC choirs to New York City for a Carnegie Hall performance with other college choirs, professional soloists and the New England Symphonic Ensemble.
For more information about CLC choirs, contact:
Dr. Charles Clency
Phone: (847) 543-2569