Willamette University Musicians to Perform; Winter Tour Kickoff

Student MusiciansThe Willamette University Chamber Choir, Willamette Singers and Willamette Brass Ensemble, under the direction of Wallace Long, will present their Winter Tour Kickoff Concert Saturday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m. in Hudson Hall at the Rogers Music Center at Willamette University.

Choral ensembles from West Salem High School under the direction Lisa McIntyre and McKay High School under the direction of Gretchen Longwell will also perform. The concert is open to the public and free, although a goodwill donation is encouraged to help students pay for the tour.

The performance will feature a variety of sacred and secular works, both a capella and accompanied. Chamber Choir selections range from the seldom-heard Giovanni Gabrieli motet masterpiece for choir and brass, "Jubilate Deo," to the well-known Moses Hogan spiritual, "I'm Gonna Sing 'Til the Spirit Moves in My Heart."

The Willamette Chamber Choir is a 40-voice ensemble that performs throughout the Northwest. Archbishop Desmond Tutu invited the choir to perform in South Africa in 2004, and music from their South African tour is featured on their fifth CD, "Thula Sizwe: A Celebration of Hope."

The Willamette Singers is a 17-member vocal jazz ensemble. The Singers' ninth CD, "One Touch of Heaven," was released in 2005.

The groups have 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.

Several Willamette Choir members from the Salem area will be performing in the Concert. Kylie Pine and Leslie Katter from South Salem High School, Minh Pham from McKay High School, Mikki Pomerenke from Sprague High School, Julia Ulshafer from North Salem High School and Darren McCoy from Western Mennonite High School.

2006 Tour Itinerary:
Admission for all concerts is free, but donations are gladly accepted.

Saturday, January 7, 7:00p
Hudson Hall
Willamette University
Tour Kick-Off Concert
Performance: Chamber Choir/Willamette Singers with West Salem HS and McKay HS

Sunday, January 8, 10:30a
First United Methodist Church
1838 SW Jefferson
Portland, OR
Chamber Choir will provide music during the morning service.

Sunday, January 8, 7:00p
First Baptist Church of Lakewood
5400 112th St. SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
Performance: Chamber Choir with Curtis HS and Lakes HS

Monday, January 9, 9:55a
Charles Wright Academy
7723 Chambers Creek Rd. W.
Tacoma, WA 98467
Performance: Willamette Singers

Monday, January 9, 7:00p
Summit Avenue Presbyterian Church
403 Summit Avenue S
Bremerton, WA 98310
Performance: Chamber Choir with South Kitsap HS, Olympic HS and Central Kitsap HS

Tuesday, January 10, 10:00a-11:00a
South Kitsap High School
425 Mitchell Ave
Port Orchard, WA 98366
Performance: Willamette Singers

Tuesday, January 10, 7:00p
Blessed Sacrament Church
5050 Eighth Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Performance: Chamber Choir with Newport HS and Nathan Hale HS

Wednesday, January 11, 9:00a
Hale High School
10750 30th NE Ave.
Seattle, WA 95125
Performance: Willamette Singers

Wednesday, January 11, 7:00p
Trinity Lutheran Church
6215 196 St. SW
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Performance: Chamber Choir with Mountlake Terrace HS, Woodinville HS and Edmonds Community College

Thursday, January 12, 8:45a
Mountlake Terrace High School
21801 W. 44th Ave.
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
Performance: Willamette Singers

Thursday, January 12, 7:00p
Spanaway Lutheran Church
16001 "A" St.
Spanaway, WA 98387
Performance: Chamber Choir with Spanaway Lakes HS and Graham-Kapowsin HS

Friday, January 13, 10:30a
Graham-Kapowsin HS
22100 108th Ave. E
Graham, WA 98338
Performance: Willamette Singers

Friday, January 13, 7:00p
Lutheran Church Of The Good Shepherd
1601 North St. S.E.
Olympia, Washington 98506
Performance: Chamber Choir/ Willamette Singers with River Ridge HS and Olympia HS

Saturday, January 14, 7:00p
First Presbyterian Church
4300 Main St.
Vancouver, WA 98663
Performance: Chamber Choir/Willamette Singers with Battle Ground HS, Camas HS and Prairie High School