Timothy Woods conducts the Ecclesia Choir in Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago.
A desire to give worship to God through the performance of the highest quality sacred music in liturgical settings and to perform beautiful secular and sacred music in concert settings led Timothy Woods to found the Lincoln Professional Chamber Ensemble. In December of 1992, the then music director at Holy Family Catholic Church in Lincoln, IL conducted the group’s first performance. For the next four years, small chamber concerts and recitals were produced in central Illinois.
After moving to the Chicago area in 1996, he formally incorporated the organization as Lincoln Chamber Productions in 1997 to provide an umbrella organization for the production of musical projects. In the fall of 2006, LCP created the Ecclesia Men's Choir, a liturgical choir dedicated to singing the great music of the Church, both East and West, with the goal of facilitating good will between Catholic, Orthodox, and other Christian churches. In August 2011, the Ecclesia Choir of both men’s and women’s voices made its debut. The groups provided concerts and music for Liturgies at churches and universities through-out the Chicago area.
LPC’s most recent release is A Byzantine Requiem CD. Tim explains this seemingly oxymoron of his harmonization of the beautiful melodies of the Ruthenian Funeral Rite with “this performance was arranged specifically with a mindset toward speaking to both Eastern and Western Christians. The entire text of this service is from the Eastern tradition, but some of the harmonizations are more Western. Still others are very much in the Ruthenian style. And some are a careful blending of both. The mystery of death touches everyone, but we interpret that experience largely from the culture in which we grow up. A Byzantine Requiem gives a fresh experience to traditional Carpatho-Rusyn melodies, and all in a spirit of deep prayer.” According to Woods, those who have ordered a copy find it to be a powerful meditation on the journey from this life to Eternal Life, all from the vantage point of Eastern Christian spirituality.
A Byzantine Requiem CD may be ordered for $10 including postage from: LCP, c/o Timothy Woods, 7921 W. Carrie Ct., Frankfort, IL 60423. Checks should be made payable to Lincoln Chamber Productions.
Additional information about the Lincoln Chamber Productions may be found at ecclesia-lcp.com