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.
The purpose of the fund is intended to be flexible, so that it can support a wide variety of opportunities the benefit the Lakeland Civic Chorus and its reach to the community. Activities that may be supported include, but are not limited, to:
Operations: Operational support of the Lakeland Civic Chorus.
Supplies and Equipment: Music related needs, such as performance and stage equipment, music library, etc.
Development: The commission of original works.
Performer Fees: Guest performer fees.
Travel: Travel for Lakeland Civic Chorus performances.
Other Performances: Performances/programs at Lakeland for students and the community.
Equipment: Music related equipment.
Equipment: Improvements to the Dr. William and Mrs. Evelyn Fletcher Memorial Music Room.
Current Lakeland students and community members are encouraged to participate or be a part of the audience for the Lakeland Civic Chorus:
Participate: Lakeland welcomes community members to audition for one of (or multiple) music ensembles. Visit Music Ensemble for more information on eligibility, requirements, days and times, etc.
Audience: Lakeland welcomes all individuals interested in listening to the Lakeland Civic Chorus, and please bring guests! Visit Arts at Lakeland for most up-to-date information on upcoming performance details.
The Lakeland Civic Chorus was founded in 1972 as a result of an initiative by local community members and Lakeland Community College to compliment the existing Lakeland 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 who 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 Chorale. Under his direction, the singers perform annually for Lake County Captains baseball games and biannual services at Pilgrim United Church of Christ 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.
Have questions? Contact The Lakeland Foundation with questions related to Giving. Contact the Arts and Sciences Division Office for questions related to Arts at Lakeland programming.