Music alumnus publishes choir research

LINDSBORG, KAN., November 21, 2011—Dr. Mark Lucus, Bethany College graduate of 1994 in music education, has published a research paper in the Fall/Winter 2011 issue of Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. Update‘s focus is to bring current research to both scholars and practitioners in music education; the journal is published by MENC, the Music Educators National Conference.

The peer-reviewed article is “Adolescent Male Attitudes About Singing in Choir,” which studies why middle-school-aged males join school choirs. The research results indicate the largest influence on participation was whether study participants through choir was fun and/or if they whought they were good singers.

This research and other work on the changing voice has been presented at the Texas Music Educators Association State Conference and ACDA National conference. As a tenor, Lucas has sung professionally with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. As a conductor, Lucas’ past work ranges from conducting or preparing major works, such as Brahms’ Requiem and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, to extensive work with middle and high school choirs.

Lucas is an assistant professor of choral music education and the associate director of choral activities at the University of Oklahoma, where he conducts the University Singers and Men’s Glee, teaches choral conducting and courses in choral methods, and supervises student teachers. Previously, Lucas served as director of choral activities at Kansas Wesleyan University and taught vocal music to students in grades 6 to 12 in Marion, Kan.

Lucas received his master’s of music in choral conducting and his doctorate in choral music education from the University of Oklahoma . Lucas’ choirs have performed at state and national conventions, and the University of Oklahoma Choir has participated in the world premiere of Dominck Argento’s Cenotaph at the 2009 American Choral Directors Association National Conference.

Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning and service. Bethany College is on the Web at www.bethanylb.edu/.

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