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The opening concert of the 2016-2017 season, Sunday November 13, 2016, was entitled "Great Hymns of Faith ". The concert featured the world premiere of a new choral work, "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing", by composer Mark Hayes.  Mr. Hayes was commissioned by the chorus to compose this choral work in honor of its fifth season of community choral concerts.  The concert venue, the auditorium of the Crossroads Ministry Center, 2095 W. Fair Ave., Lancaster, Ohio, was filled to capacity!​  November 13, 2016 was proclaimed "Lancaster Community Chorus Day"!

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Mark Hayes Composer/Arranger/Conductor

Born March 28, 1953, Ladysmith, Wisconsin  

Mark Hayes is an award-winning concert pianist, composer, arranger and conductor. His personal catalog, totaling over 1,000 published works, includes work for solo voice, solo piano, multiple pianos, orchestra, jazz combo, small instrumental ensembles, and choruses of all kinds.  Mark received a Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude in Piano Performance from Baylor University in 1975.  He has conducted the SWACDA and MCDA

Final LCC Concert of 2016-2017, "Disney Delights", Was Fun For All Ages!

​Lancaster Community Chorus presented its first concert of 2017 entitled, “Songs of the People” on March 26, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at the Crossroads Ministry Center, 2095 W. Fair Ave., Lancaster, OH.

Joined by several instrumentalists and soloists, the chorus presented a mixture of folk songs, classic spirituals, and even a few pop songs.  Some song titles were, “Ain’-a That Good News”, “Buffalo Gals”, and “Dust in the Wind.”  Chorus accompanist, Brenda Graf, was featured performing a challenging George Gershwin's “Swanee.”  “Elijah Rock” provided the concert with a memorable grand finale!

On Sunday, June 18, 2017 Lancaster Community Chorus closed its 5th Season with a concert entitled, "Disney Delights."  From the opening “Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah” to the final notes of “When You Wish upon a Star,” Lancaster Community Chorus and Lancaster-Fairfield Youth Choir provided entertaining songs that the audience loved!  Each group performed Disney favorites, and then the two groups combined for the grand finale.  The concert featured vocal soloists, instrumentalists, sound effects and actions to songs.

To top off this fun concert, the combined groups gave a surprise, custom "encore" by singing/saying that famous closing of each "Mickey Mouse Club Show"...

M-I-C See you real soon! K-E-Y Why? Because we like you! M-O-U-S-E!!

Community and Church Honor Choir, and served as guest conductor at Carnegie Hall, featuring his Te Deum and Magnificat. In 2010, Baylor University Center for Christian Music Studies awarded Mark the Award for Exemplary Leadership in Christian Music. Mark arranged and orchestrated the music for Civil War Voices, which won six awards including “Best Musical” in the 2010 Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York. He conducted the world premiere of his work for chorus, orchestra and narrator, The American Spirit, at Lincoln Center in May 2011 and the world premiere of his Requiem in Lincoln Center in May 2013.

In addition to his involvement in the sacred and secular choral music fields, Hayes is an accomplished orchestrator and record producer. The album, I've Just Seen Jesus, which Mark arranged, orchestrated and coproduced, received the Dove Award for Praise and Worship Album of the Year in 1986. In June 2010 Mark released his first CD of original songs titled All Is Well, featuring Kansas City jazz artist, Monique Danielle.

Whether concertizing on the other side of the globe or composing at his home in Kansas City, Missouri, Mark is blessed to live out his mission "to create beautiful music for the world".