The UW Choral department hosted 9 choirs on Thursday, May 11th for the annual Choral Festival of Excellence! From everywhere from Ballard to Portland, these high school, middle school, and college choirs each performed a set onstage at Meany Hall and received feedback from guest clinician Eric Johnson (Northern Illinois University). In additional workshops, Dr. Boers and Dr. Wyers gave the choirs new ways to approach their repertoire and technique. UW graduate students also worked with the full group of sopranos and altos on the Zulu wedding song Ngiqomekwa and with the tenors and basses on a John Williams medley. In a brief lunchtime performance, Chamber Singers sang music by Jake Runestad and Jeffrey Ames.
The festival was a fabulous opportunity to share our ideas with hundreds of singers and teachers in the Pacific Northwest and to experience all of these excellent programs. Many thanks to DMA student Jeffrey Larkin for organizing this wonderful event again, as well as all of the undergraduate and graduate choral singers who volunteered throughout the day! If you have a choir you would like to bring next year, save April 23, 2018!
UW Annual Choral Festival, April 18
Registration is now open for the University of Washington Annual Choral Festival, scheduled for April 18 at Meany Hall on the Seattle campus. Join us for a day of workshops, singing, and educational clinics with guest clinician Dr. Lisa Billingham from George Mason University. Dr. Billingham is a certified Laban specialist and highly respected choral pedagogue who has served as Virginia state president for ACDA. More information is available on our choral festival page.
UW Choral Festival of Excellence April 13, 2015
Please consider joining the University of Washington Choral Department and guest clinician Dr. Eric Johnson of Northern Illinois University on April 13, 2015 at the Meany Theater for the Performing Arts at UW. Your students will enjoy a videotaped on-stage clinic with Dr. Johnson, an off-stage clinic with Dr. Geoffrey Boers, Director of Choral Activities at UW, and a special directors luncheon. Visit the UW Choral Festival Page for all the details and registration flyer!
The University of Washington Choral Festival of Excellence online registration is now up and running. This year’s session features sessions with Jonathan Talberg, as well as clinics with Geoffrey Boers, Steven Demorest and Giselle Wyers. Don’t miss this exciting event, April 14, 2014!
Visit our choral festival page for more details, or click here to register: