The KINGSTON HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR is a select performing organization that is comprised of 60 singers who perform the most demanding choral repertoire. The KHS Choir was formed in 1941 to provide study and performance of the most demanding choral literature. All students selected for Choir have studied voice through the KHS vocal department, and many study privately. The department offers a superior vocal training program through which students can complete a three-year sequence culminating in a full length recital. Students also receive extensive training in sight-singing. In addition to superior musicianship, students must meet rigorous standards of character and excellence.
Under the direction of Lawrence D. Lohman, Choir performs in a wide variety of musical styles -- classical, contemporary, jazz, folk and orchestral reflecting the philosophy of a diverse choral music education. The Choir performs masterwork repertoire annually, and has collaborated with professional musicians, performing Bach, Brahms and Haydn works with the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra. The Kingston High School Masterwork Ensemble was created in 2012 to perform masterworks completely staffed by student performers under the direction of Maestro David Leighton. The first collaborative piece performed was Vivaldi's Gloria, followed by Faure's Requiem in 2013. The Masterwork Ensemble has embarked on a three year Verdi celebration with Scenes from Aida: Temple Scene and The Triumphal March (Act II Finale) performed in 2014 with eight soloists from Choir. For 2015, the Ensemble will perform the Verdi Te Deum, and will culminate the trilogy with the Verdi Reqiuem in 2016, which will commorate the 75th anniversary of the Choir. The Choir has gained a reputation of excellence throughout the region and the state, with members regularly performing in regional, All-State, All-Eastern and All-National ensembles. The Choir travels extensively, and has performed in California, Ohio, Florida, Canada, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and Riverside Church in New York City.
ENSEMBLE, a select group from within the Choir, travels extensively during the holiday season to perform for service clubs, nursing homes, hospitals and local businesses.
Lawrence D. Lohman has served as the Kingston High School Choir Director since 2005, and has taught Voice classes at Kingston since 2002. He holds degrees from The State University of New York College at Fredonia and Plattsburgh. He has taught in the Schroon Lake Central School District, the Ballston Spa Central School District, and has guest conducted a variety of festival events. Since arriving in Kingston, Mr. Lohman has conducted extensive research into the writings and vocal pedagogy of the Italian bel canto masters of the 17th and 18th centuries through the modern period. He has studied extensively study the vocal training techniques of Maestro Franco Bertacci and Maestro David C. Leighton. As a result of these studies, he is in the preliminary stages of developing a book and DVD that will connect the teachings of the ancient Italian maestri to the teachings of Maestro Bertacci. He has developed a three year voice class training system which culminates with a seven song recital. He has written a sight reading training book, Sequential Sight Singing for Mastery. He resides in Kingston, NY and spends summers walking the beach, riding the waves, cycling and building sandcastles in Wildwood Crest, NJ.