Willamette University Musicians to Perform with New Jersey Chorale

The Willamette University Music Department presents its Winter Choral Concert Sunday, March 11, at 3 p.m. in Hudson Hall in the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center on campus. The free concert will feature Male Ensemble Willamette under the direction of Paul Klemme, Voce Femminile under the direction of Christine Welch Elder, and The College of New Jersey Chorale under the direction of Michael Mendoza.

Male Ensemble Willamette will premiere a composition by Mendoza, "Behold, How Good," based on text from the Bible's Psalm 113; "Shout for Joy," a setting of Psalm 98 composed by Dan Davison; and a seldom-heard Beatles tune, "Yes It Is," arranged by Willamette junior Michael Murray.

Voce Femminile will present "Sing a New Song," an a cappella piece by Mendoza, and "Welcome Love: Four Settings of 17th Century Love Poetry" by Lana Walter.

With this concert, The College of New Jersey Chorale begins its weeklong tour of the Pacific Northwest. They will perform "La Guerre" by Clément Janequin, "Prayers of Steel" by Paul Christiansen and the "Songs of Faith" by Eric Whitacre.

The ensemble, conducted by Mendoza, has toured the Eastern United States, Eastern Canada and England. The American Record Guide wrote that they "make a remarkably full-bodied and resonant sound," while the Trenton Times said the chorale has "breathtaking clarity and warmth."

Mendoza has choral works published in the American Choral Director's Association Monograph and elsewhere.