Singers, chamber choir to tour Idaho, Washington and Montana

by University Communications,

  • Willamette Singers
    Willamette Singers
  • Willamette University Chamber Choir
    Willamette University Chamber Choir

In January, the Willamette University Chamber Choir and Willamette Singers, under the direction of Wallace Long, will tour Washington, Idaho and Montana before returning for a homecoming concert in Hudson Hall on Jan. 23, 2016.

Performances will include a variety of sacred and secular works, both a cappella and accompanied.

The chamber choir’s performance will include: “Angels From the Realms of Glory” by Henry T. Smart, a few selections from G.F. Handel’s “The Messiah,” “O Nata Lux” by David Dickau, “Hodie Christus Natus Est!” by Rene Clausen and a special piece featuring tuned wine glasses titled “Stars” by Ēriks Ešenvalds.

The Willamette Singers will perform selections including: “Fly Me to the Moon” by Bart Howard, “Landed” by Ben Folds, “Softly,” “As In a Morning Sunrise” by Sigmund Romberg and Seal’s “Kiss From a Rose.”

Schedule of Performances

Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, 7:30 p.m. 
Kennewick First Presbyterian Church
2001 W. Kennewick Ave.
Kennewick, WA 99336
Performance: Chamber Choir/Willamette Singers with
Special Guest Performers:
Richland High School
Hanford High School
Cost: Free. Goodwill donations encouraged.

Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016 , 10 a.m.
Shalom United Church of Christ
505 McMurray St.
Richland, WA 99354
Performance: Chamber Choir
Cost: Free.

Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, 7 p.m.
St. John’s Cathedral
127 E. 12th Ave
Spokane, WA 99202-1199
Performance: Chamber Choir/Willamette Singers with
Special Guest Performers:
Ferris High School
Mead High School
Cost: Free. Goodwill donations encouraged.

Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, 1 p.m.
Sentinel High School
901 S. Ave W.
Missoula, MT 59801
Performance: Chamber Choir/Willamette Singers
Special Guest Performers:
Sentinel High School
Cost: Free. Please contact the principal regarding admission.

Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Hamilton High School
327 Fairgrounds Rd.
Hamilton, MT 59840
Performance: Chamber Choir/Willamette Singers with
Special Guest Performers:
Hamilton High School
Cost: Free. Goodwill donations encouraged.

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, 12:25 a.m.
Great Falls High School
1900 2nd Ave. S.
Great Falls, MT 59405
Performance: Chamber Choir/Willamette Singers
Special Guest Performers:
Great Falls High School
Cost: Free. Please contact the principal regarding admission.

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Helena Middle School
1025 North Rodney
Helena, MT 59601
Performance: Chamber Choir/Willamette Singers with
Special Guest Performers:
Capital High School
Helena High School
Cost: Free. Goodwill donations encouraged.

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, 10:15 a.m.
Bozeman High School
206 North 11th Ave.
Bozeman, MT
Performance: Chamber Choir/Willamette Singers with
Special Guest Performers:
Bozeman High School
Cost: Free. Please contact the principal regarding admission.

Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, 7:30 a.m.
Rocky Mountain High School
5450 N Linder Rd.
Meridian, ID 83646
Performance: Chamber Choir/Willamette Singers with
Special Guest Performers:
Rocky Mountain High School
Eagle High School
Cost: Free. Goodwill donations encouraged.

Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, 7 p.m.
Willamette University, Hudson Hall
Tour Homecoming Concert
900 State St.
Salem, OR 97301
Performance: Chamber Choir/Willamette Singers with
Special Guest Performers:
McNary High School
Cost: Free. Goodwill donations encouraged.

About the Musicians

The Willamette Chamber Choir is a 42-voice ensemble that performs throughout the Northwest. Their latest CD, “Stars,” is a compilation of the choir’s best recordings from 2010-2015, and it was released in the fall of 2015. The Willamette Chamber Choir performed at the Northwest Regional Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Seattle in March of 2012.

The Willamette Singers is a 17-member vocal jazz ensemble. The Singers’19th CD, “Magnolia,” was released in the fall of 2015. The Willamette Singers performed at the National Convention of the ACDA in Dallas, Texas in March of 2013 and at the Northwest Regional Convention of ACDA in Seattle in March of 2014. DownBeat Magazine selected the Singers as the Best Large Collegiate Vocal Jazz Ensemble in the nation for two consecutive years, first in 2013-2014, and again in 2014-2015.

Both groups have recently performed at regional, national and international conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, the Music Educators National Conference, the Oregon Music Educators Association and the International Association of Jazz Educators.