Lucas directs choir clinic for young men in Arizona

Mark LucasAssociate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities Mark Lucas, Ph.D., directed a clinic on Monday, Sept. 23, for the young men attending the Gilbert school district in Phoenix, Ariz.

The clinic, titled “Real Men Sing – Gilbert,” concluded with a concert open to the public. The clinic stemmed from the Young Men’s Vocal Workshop that Lucas founded while teaching at the University of Oklahoma.

Founded in 2006, the Young Men’s Vocal Workshop is a daylong festival for young men ages 12 to 18. The festival aims to encourage young men to participate in choir as well as improve their musical abilities. The workshop provides an atmosphere where young men can enjoy singing and experience success.  Consistently the festival has brought in more than 1,000 young men for a day of singing.

In 2011, Lucas published research in the Music Educators National Conference’s magazine, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, on “Adolescent Male Attitudes About Singing in Choir.” Lucas studied why middle-school-aged males join school choirs and found that the largest influence on participation was whether study participants thought choir was fun and if they felt they were good singers.

Real Men SingLucas returned to Bethany in 2013 from the University of Oklahoma, where he was a tenured associate professor of choral music education and the associate director of choral activities. He conducted the University Singers, taught choral conducting and courses in choral methods, and supervised student teachers. Before the University of Oklahoma, Lucas served for four years 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 a degree in music education from Bethany and a Master of Music in choral conducting and a doctorate in choral music education from the University of Oklahoma. As a tenor, Lucas has sung professionally with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and remains active in teaching studio voice and is a frequent clinician and adjudicator for choral groups of all ages.