Free Concert January 11th

The Willamette University Chamber Choir and the Willamette Singers, under the direction of Dr. Wallace H. Long Jr., will present their Winter Tour Kickoff Concert at the Rogers Music Center in Hudson Hall at Willamette University Saturday, Jan.11, at 7 p.m.

Choral ensembles from South Salem High School, under the direction of Carol Stenson, and West Salem High School, under the direction of Lisa McIntyre, will also Perform. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Willamette Chamber Choir is a 44-voice ensemble which tours annually throughout the Northwest and gives frequent honorific performances at music conventions and workshops held by the American Choral Directors Association, Music Educators National Conference and Oregon Music Educators Association.

The Willamette Singers is a 15-member ensemble, which explores music particularly suitable to small groups of highly skilled and flexible vocalists. Willamette University is one of the few four-year universities in Oregon that offers experience in vocal jazz.

The Willamette Singers participates in a yearly tour and in recent years has been invited to perform for many regional, national and international conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, Oregon Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, and International Association of Jazz Educators. In February of 2003, The Willamette Singers will travel to New York City to perform for the National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association. Singers' sixth CD "Where Do You Start" was released last fall.

Several Willamette Choir members from the Salem area will performing in the Saturday concert: Kristin Friesen, Bryn Lynch and Marcella Orwick graduated from South Salem High School; Amy Kerr, (also the current America's Junior Miss), graduated from McNary High School; Kristi Evans graduated from Sprague High School; Lucas Anderson and Jonathan Westfall graduated from North Salem High School; Rob Arndt graduated from Woodburn High School; and Melissa Smith graduated from Dallas High School.