Hudson Hall Performance
The Willamette University Chamber Choir and Willamette Singers, under the direction of Wallace Long, will perform Saturday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m., at Willamette University’s Hudson Hall, 900 State St., Salem, Oregon.
The performance will include a variety of sacred and secular works, both a cappella and accompanied. The McNary High School choir, under the direction of Josh Rist and the West Salem High School choir, under the direction of Kimberly McConnell, will also perform in the classical portion of the concert. The concert will open with a vocal jazz performance by the Willamette Singers, followed by the high school choirs. It will close with the Willamette Chamber Choir. The concert is free and open to the public, although a goodwill donation is encouraged.
The performance will include a variety of sacred and secular works, both a cappella and accompanied. The Chamber Choir’s performance will include: William Mathias’ “Let the People Praise Thee, O God” which was composed for the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana in 1981, “Gloria” by Javier Busto which has cluster chords that slide by whole steps and “Speak of Peace” by Allan Robert Petker which calls for Peace in our time. The Willamette Singers, vocal jazz ensemble, will perform selections including: “First Train Home” by Imogen Heap, “It’s Sandman” by Count Basie, “Kaleidoscope Heart” by Sara Bareilles and Justin Bieber’s “Roller Coaster”.
The Willamette Chamber Choir is a 44-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’ 20th CD, “Green Garden,” was released in the fall of 2016. 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.
Willamette Chamber Choir members Aubrey Harris, Alexa Anderson, Collyn Johnson, Rie Tanabe, Olga Valdes, Zachary Duell, Joey Grimmell, Simon Keightley, Michael Watson, Evan Britton, and Brandon Miller, will be performing in the concert.