2015 Willamette University Chamber Choir and Willamette Singers Winter Tour

The Willamette University Chamber Choir and Willamette Singers, under the direction of Wallace Long, will be touring Oregon and Washington January 10-16, 2015. Please find a performance near you and come support your Bearcats. Concerts are all FREE, but a goodwill offering will be graciously accepted.

The performance will include a variety of sacred and secular works, both A cappella and accompanied. The Chamber Choir’s performance will include: Past Life Melodies by Sarah Hopkins, O Magnum Mysterium by Kevin Memley and How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place from the Brahms’ Requiem. The Willamette Singers will perform selections including: Air Mail Special by Benny Goodman, Stella by Starlight by Victor Young, and Sent for You Yesterday by William “Count” Basie.

The Willamette Chamber Choir is a 44-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.” Their latest CD “The New Moon” is a compilation of recordings from 2006-2010 and was released in the fall of 2010. The Willamette Chamber Choir performed at the Northwest Regional Convention of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) in Seattle in March of 2012.

The Willamette Singers is a 17-member vocal jazz ensemble. The Singers’ eighteenth CD, “Love, My Old Friend” was released in the fall of 2014. 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 2013-2014.

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.



Tour Concert Schedule

Saturday, January 10, 2015

7:00 p.m.
Chamber Choir/Willamette Singers Kick-Off Concert, Willamette University, Hudson Hall, 900 State St., Salem, OR 97301

Choirs from South Salem High School, under the direction of Will McClean, and North Salem High School, under the direction of Dr. Kerry Burtis, 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, and 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 “Past Life Melodies,” by Sarah Hopkins; “O Magnum Mysterium,” by Kevin Memley; and “How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place,” from the Brahms’ “Requiem.” The Willamette Singers will perform selections including “Air Mail Special,” by Benny Goodman; “Stella by Starlight,” by Victor Young; and “Sent for You Yesterday,” by William “Count” Basie.

Willamette Chamber Choir members Rudy Trevino, Alea Bellish, Maddy Goldman, Clifford Grimmell, Collyn Johnson, Matt Kenagy, Madison Hall, Haley Sawyer, Kendra Smith, Jane Tanabe and Sam Utley from Salem will be performing in the concert.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

10:00 a.m.
Chamber Choir/Willamette Singers , Lake Oswego Methodist Church, 1955 S. Shore Blvd, Lake Oswego, OR 97034

The worship service is open to the public and guests are encouraged to attend. The performance is offered as part of Willamette’s Winter Choir Tour through Oregon and Washington.

The service will include a variety of sacred works, both a cappella and accompanied. The Chamber Choir’s performance will include “Alleluia,” by Has Leo Hassler; “O Magnum Mysterium,” by Kevin Memley; “How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place,” from the Brahms’ “Requiem;” and “Amen,” by the contemporary a cappella group, Glad.

Willamette Chamber Choir members Vincent Budak, Madyson Harlan, Brian Highkin, Kelsey Muller, Haley Sawyer, Lisa Wang, from the Portland/Vancouver area will be performing in the service.

7:00 p.m.
Willamette Chamber Choir/Willamette Singers with Tacoma Community College & Bellarmine Prep & Lakes High School, Skyline Presbyterian Church, 6301 Westgate Blvd., Tacoma, WA 98406

Choirs from Tacoma Community College, under the direction of Ann Lyman, Lakes High School, under the direction of Ryan Bacheller, and Bellarmine Preparatory School, under the direction of Frank Lewis, 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 local guest groups and 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 “Past Life Melodies,” by Sarah Hopkins; “O Magnum Mysterium,” by Kevin Memley; and “How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place,” from the Brahms’ Requiem. The Willamette Singers will perform selections including “Air Mail Special,” by Benny Goodman; “Stella by Starlight,” by Victor Young; and “Sent for You Yesterday,” by William “Count” Basie.

Monday, January 12, 2015

10:00 a.m.
Chamber Choir/Willamette Singers with Bremerton High School, Bremerton High School, 1500 13th St., Bremerton, WA 98337

Choirs from the Bremerton High School, under the direction of Willamette graduate, Wendy McPhetres, 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 groups and the Willamette Chamber Choir. The concert is open to the public. Please contact the Bremerton High School Office of the Principal to obtain admission to the concert.

The performance will include a variety of sacred and secular works, both a cappella and accompanied. The Chamber Choir’s performance will include “Past Life Melodies,” by Sarah Hopkins; “O Magnum Mysterium,” by Kevin Memley; and “How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place,” from the Brahms’ Requiem. The Willamette Singers will perform selections including “Air Mail Special,” by Benny Goodman; “Stella by Starlight,” by Victor Young; and “Sent for You Yesterday,” by William “Count” Basie.

7:00 p.m.
Chamber Choir/Willamette Singers with Oak Harbor & Ancortes High Schools, First United Methodist Church, 1050 SE Ireland St., Oak Harbor, WA 98277

Choirs from the Bremerton High School, under the direction of Willamette graduate, Wendy McPhetres, 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 groups and the Willamette Chamber Choir. The concert is open to the public. Please contact the Bremerton High School Office of the Principal to obtain admission to the concert.

The performance will include a variety of sacred and secular works, both a cappella and accompanied. The Chamber Choir’s performance will include “Past Life Melodies,” by Sarah Hopkins; “O Magnum Mysterium,” by Kevin Memley; and “How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place,” from the Brahms’ Requiem. The Willamette Singers will perform selections including “Air Mail Special,” by Benny Goodman; “Stella by Starlight,” by Victor Young; and “Sent for You Yesterday,” by William “Count” Basie.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

1:10 p.m.
Chamber Choir/Willamette Singers with Mt Vernon High School, Mt Vernon High School, 314 N 9th St., Mt. Vernon, WA 98273

Choirs from the Mt. Vernon High School, under the direction of Megan Lizama, 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 groups and the Willamette Chamber Choir. The concert is free and open to the public, although a goodwill donation is encouraged. Please contact the Mt. Vernon High School Office of the Principal to obtain admission to the concert.

The performance will include a variety of sacred and secular works, both a cappella and accompanied. The Chamber Choir’s performance will include “Past Life Melodies,” by Sarah Hopkins; “O Magnum Mysterium,” by Kevin Memley; and “How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place,” from the Brahms’ Requiem. The Willamette Singers will perform selections including “Air Mail Special,” by Benny Goodman; “Stella by Starlight,” by Victor Young; and “Sent for You Yesterday,” by William “Count” Basie.

Willamette Chamber Choir members Mikalah Barem, Westy Summerton-Li and Danielle Nakatani from the Mt. Vernon/Bellingham area will be performing in the concert.

7:30 p.m.
Chamber Choir/Willamette Singers with Squalicum, Bellingham, and Sehome High Schools, Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St., Bellingham, WA 98225

Choirs from Squalicum High School, under the direction of Andy Marshall, Bellingham High School, under the direction of Linda Short, and Sehome High School, under the direction of Jessica Schlichting, 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 groups and 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 “Past Life Melodies,” by Sarah Hopkins; “O Magnum Mysterium,” by Kevin Memley; and “How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place,” from the Brahms’ Requiem. The Willamette Singers will perform selections including “Air Mail Special,” by Benny Goodman; “Stella by Starlight,” by Victor Young; and “Sent for You Yesterday,” by William “Count” Basie.

Willamette Chamber Choir members Mikalah Barem, Westy Summerton-Li and Danielle Nakatani from the Mt. Vernon/Bellingham area will be performing in the concert.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

7:00 p.m.
Chamber Choir/Willamette Singers with Bothell & Meadowdale High Schools, Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196 St. S.W., Lynnwood, WA 98036

Choirs from Bothell High School, under the direction of Sheri Erickson, and Meadowdale High School, under the direction of Jeff Horenstein, 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 groups and 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 “Past Life Melodies,” by Sarah Hopkins; “O Magnum Mysterium,” by Kevin Memley; and “How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place,” from the Brahms’ Requiem. The Willamette Singers will perform selections including “Air Mail Special,” by Benny Goodman; “Stella by Starlight,” by Victor Young; and “Sent for You Yesterday,” by William “Count” Basie.

Willamette Chamber Choir member Jill Mayer from Auburn, Wash. will be performing in the concert.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

9:30 a.m.
Chamber Choir/Willamette Singers with Kentwood and Auburn Riverside High Schools, Kentwood High School, 25800 164th Ave SE, Covington, WA 98042

Choirs from the Kentwood High School, under the direction of Daisy Li Evans, and Auburn Riverside High School, under the direction of Jon Stenson, will also perform in the concert. The concert will open with a vocal jazz performance by the Willamette Singers, followed by the high school groups and the Willamette Chamber Choir. The concert is open to the public. Please contact the Kentwood High School Office of the Principal to obtain admission to the concert.

The performance will include a variety of sacred and secular works, both a cappella and accompanied. The Chamber Choir’s performance will include “Past Life Melodies,” by Sarah Hopkins; “O Magnum Mysterium,” by Kevin Memley; and “How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place,” from the Brahms’ Requiem. The Willamette Singers will perform selections including “Air Mail Special,” by Benny Goodman; “Stella by Starlight,” by Victor Young; and “Sent for You Yesterday,” by William “Count” Basie.

Willamette Chamber Choir member Jill Mayer from Auburn, Wash. will be performing in the concert.

7:00 p.m.
Chamber Choir/Willamette Singers with Olympia and Timberline High Schools, Good Shephard Lutheran, 1601 North St. SE, Olympia, WA 98501

Choirs from Olympia High School, under the direction of Dan Schartz, and Timberline High School, under the direction of Terry Shaw, 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 groups and 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 “Past Life Melodies,” by Sarah Hopkins; “O Magnum Mysterium,” by Kevin Memley; and “How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place,” from the Brahms’ Requiem. The Willamette Singers will perform selections including “Air Mail Special,” by Benny Goodman; “Stella by Starlight,” by Victor Young; and “Sent for You Yesterday,” by William “Count” Basie.

Willamette Chamber Choir member Nathan Farnsworth from Maple Valley, Wash. will be performing in the concert.

Friday, January 16, 2015

7:30 p.m.
Chamber Choir/Willamette Singers with Evergreen and Skyview High Schools, Skyview High School, 1300 NW 139th St., Vancouver, WA 98685

Choirs from Skyview High School, under the direction of Philip Denton, and Heritage High School, under the direction of Joel Karn, 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 groups and 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 “Past Life Melodies,” by Sarah Hopkins; “O Magnum Mysterium,” by Kevin Memley; and “How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place,” from the Brahms’ Requiem. The Willamette Singers will perform selections including “Air Mail Special,” by Benny Goodman; “Stella by Starlight,” by Victor Young; and “Sent for You Yesterday,” by William “Count” Basie.


Willamette Chamber Choir members Vincent Budak, Madyson Harlan, Brian Highkin, Kelsey Muller, Lisa Wang, from the Portland/Vancouver area will be performing in the concert.