In 1959, a small group of men and women formed a community chorus in Lexington; it had 32 singers on stage for its first performance. That small group became the Lexington Singers, which has grown and developed into one of Kentuckys true cultural treasures.
Each year the Singers give numerous performances in Lexington. On occasion, they venture a little farther from homesuch as when they performed the first choral concert at the Kentucky Center for the Arts, or the time they presented the American premiere of Wilfred Josephs Requiem at Carnegie Hall.
The group has had three directors: Phyllis Jenness for 17 years, James Ross Beane for 21 years, and, since December 1997, Jefferson Johnson. Johnson also directs the choral program at the University of Kentucky. The groups arranger and accompanist is Jay Flippin, associate professor of music at Morehead State University.