Willamette Singers to perform at national choral convention March 15

by University Communications,

Willamette University’s jazz ensemble is one of two college ensembles to perform at the National Conference of the American Choral Directors Association in Dallas on March 15.

“This is an outstanding honor for the choral program, music department and Willamette University as a whole,” says Choral Director Wallace Long Jr. “This is the third time the Willamette Singers have been invited to perform at the convention, and we are thrilled by the opportunity.”

The Willamette Singers previously performed at the national convention in Chicago in 1999 and in New York in 2003. Performers are chosen based on blind listening of recordings at the state, regional and national levels. The recordings represent three consecutive years of choral work.

The Willamette Singers consists of 13 singers, a jazz combo, sound technician and Director Long. The group will be featured during a special convention performance night dedicated to vocal jazz — sharing the stage with Voca People, a professional vocal jazz ensemble from New York City that has achieved international renown.

The Willamette Singers will give a preview of their 40-minute ACDA national program at 4:15 p.m. March 13 in Hudson Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

The ACDA is a nonprofit, professional organization that represents school, church, professional and community choral directors. More than 8,000 choral directors — and 7,000 choral performers — are expected to attend this year’s conference to learn the latest in choral techniques and to observe performance and programming ideas from the nation’s leading ensembles.