Composed of approximately 40 Lakeland students, high school students, school music teachers, directors and community members, the Lakeland Civic Chorus performs under the direction of Leonard DiCosimo and piano accompanist Nada Vencl Montgomery. There are three choral ensembles available for singers: Lakeland Civic Chorus, Lakeland Women's Choir and Lakeland Chorale.
Lakeland students and community members are encouraged to audition for the Lakeland Civic Chorus.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE: All college students and community adults.
WHEN: In a typical fall or spring semester, the civic chorus rehearses every Tuesday evening from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Because of the pandemic, the civic chorus meets remotely on a weekly basis to develop a recorded performance.
WHERE: Typically, the chorus rehearses in the Fletcher Music Room, C-Building, Room C-1078. Because of the pandemic, all rehearsals and meetings occur online.
REQUIREMENTS: All performers must have sight-reading skills, be able to match pitch, have had prior choral ensemble performance experience, and be able to commit to Tuesday evening rehearsals and two to four performances during the academic year.
CRITERIA: Acceptance into the Lakeland Civic Chorus is by audition. Please contact Lakeland's Civic Chorus Director for more information.
VOICES: The chorus welcomes all voice classifications including soprano, alto, tenor and bass.
ENSEMBLES: All singers who have a successful audition shall be a member of the Lakeland Civic Chorus. All sopranos and altos who are in the chorus shall be a member of the Lakeland Women's Choir. Singers in the Lakeland Chorale are by appointment only.
The Lakeland Civic Chorus was founded in 1972 as a result of an initiative by local community members and Lakeland Community College to complement the existing Lakeland Civic Orchestra. Romeo Pallante was appointed as the first music director and conductor. The chorus moved to the Lakeland campus after the completion of the performing arts center and art gallery in 1975. Pallante served until 2002 with Chuck Valley and Herb Knoll appointed to the podium when Pallante was on sabbaticals. The Romeo Pallante Scholarship was created upon his retirement and is administered by The Lakeland Foundation. Chris Robinson became music director in 2002 and served for 12 seasons.
Leonard DiCosimo was appointed in 2015, is the current music director and conductor, and leads three choral ensembles available to singers on campus - Lakeland Civic Chorus, Women's Choir and the Lakeland Chorale. Under his direction, the singers perform annually for Lake County Captains baseball games and biannual services at Pilgrim UCC in Tremont. The chorus has also performed for "The Legend of Zelda - Symphony of the Goddesses" and "Distant Worlds - Music of Final Fantasy" video game concerts at Playhouse Square Center in Cleveland.
Leonard DiCosimo is the president of the Cleveland Federation of Musicians, Local 4 and represents a diverse clientele of musical artists including the musicians of the Cleveland Orchestra, Playhouse Square Foundation, independent songwriters and an abundance of world class musicians that call Northeast Ohio home. He is also the director of music ministry for Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Tremont. Prior to his Lakeland appointment, DiCosimo directed choirs, taught conducting classes and music directed productions for the music theater and theater departments for eight years of Baldwin-Wallace University. DiCosimo played acoustic and electric bass for Playhouse Square Foundation, Great Lakes Theatre Festival and Cleveland Playhouse, served as a music director for productions at Cain Park in Cleveland Heights and worked with a variety of artists ranging from Phyllis Diller to the Fat Boys. He also sailed the high seas as a cruise ship musician. DiCosimo released two collections of origins songs and was owner of the incomparable wine and martini bar, Budapest Blonde, in Independence.