After 18 seasons as the music director of The Civic Chorale, Dr. David Hendricksen is stepping down following the Chorale's 2015-2016 season, which ends June 30.
The Civic Chorale (formerly known as The Johnson City Civic Chorale) was formed in 1973 by Robert and Jane LaPella and has been under the direction of Dr. Hendricksen since 1998. Dr. Hendricksen received a Bachelor of Music in organ performance and music education from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. He earned the Master of Music and Doctor of Arts in Music at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.
In 1988 he joined the faculty of Tusculum College and left there in 2000 as assistant academic vice president. Since 2002, Dr. Hendricksen has been director of music ministry at First Presbyterian Church in Greeneville, Tennessee. In addition to the Civic Chorale, Dr. Hendricksen has conducted the Tusculum College Youth Choir (1990-1999), the Tusculum College Community Chorus (1996-2015), the Walters State Community Chorale (2001-2010), the Walters State Men's Ensemble (2008-2010) and was the interim conductor of the Milligan College Choir (2009-2010). He also teaches voice and organ and is a freelance recording engineer of local classical music.
Under Dr. Hendricksen's direction, The Civic Chorale has become the premier auditioned volunteer adult choral ensemble in the Tri-Cities region. The Civic Chorale has collaborated with many arts organizations in the area and has contributed richly to the arts and cultural environment of the region. Hendricksen has been and will continue to be a tireless advocate for the arts in the Tri-Cities region and beyond