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Congratulations, choral graduates!

Pictured: Miriam Anderson, David Wimett, Geoffrey Boers, Giselle Wyers, and Leann Conley-Holcom

On June 9-10, six choral conducting students graduated from the University of Washington! Several had some words to share about their experience in our program and thoughts about the future:

The UW choral conducting program was a wonderful place to build relationships with an amazing community of musicians, develop as an authentic leader, and invest in myself as a vocally-grounded conductor. Now that I have completed my degree, I look forward to creating movement-based applications for vocal and conducting instruction that combine some of the empirical findings from my dissertation with my immersive experiences becoming a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst. In the fall, I will continue in my position as Assistant Director of Choral Activities and Lecturer at Smith College.

– Amanda Huntleigh, DMA
Dissertation title: Choristers’ Perceptions of Laban-based Conducting Gestures

I am grateful for my time at the University of Washington and for the ways that I have been encouraged to grown as a conductor, scholar, and individual. The nurturing environment, inspiring and challenging mentoring, and mutually-supportive community of choral graduate students did so much for me. I’m a proud Husky and alum of this program!

– Leann Conley-Holcom, DMA
Dissertation title: ‘Come, All My Dear Brethren, and Help Me to Sing’: Dialogue and Participation as Foundations for the Choral Performance of Sacred Harp Music

The choral conducting program at the University of Washington is incredibly unique. You are surrounded by peers and mentors who all have tremendous gifts. Over the past two years I have become not only a better musician and conductor, but I’ve become a teacher- something I was not expecting. I’m not yet sure what I will be doing next year, but whatever I choose, I am sure that the experiences I’ve had and skills I’ve learned at UW will be integral to my success.
– Miriam Anderson, MM
Master’s exam topics included: Prison Choirs, Yoga for Musicians, Dance for Conductors, South and West African Choral Music and Percussion Accompaniment, Mozart Mass in C Minor, Mahler’s choral works, and more

 We are also thrilled to congratulate DMA recipients Ryan Ellis and Brenda Mohr, as well as MM recipient David Wimett!

Right: Leann Conley-Holcom, Brenda Mohr, and Ryan Ellis
Left: Miriam Anderson, Geoffrey Boers, and David Wimett

UW Music in Tent City 3

Jen Rodgers, one of our choral conducting DMA students, took the initiative in bringing UW musicians to a homeless encampment this winter. Men’s Glee, Women’s Chorus, and members of University Chorale were among the performers at Tent City 3. Read a thought-provoking article about the experience, featured on the School of Music Website!

Women's Chorus and Men's Glee at Tent City 3

“Graduate choral conducting student Jennifer Rodgers discovers what is possible when a university that provides space for a homeless encampment also has a world-class music department.”

Choral Concerts

We hope to see you at our performances in the next two weeks! Click here for more information about tickets and locations.

University Chorale and Chamber Singers Wedn 5/24 7:30pm Meany Theater

UW Sings (Women’s Chorus, University Singers, and Men’s Glee) Fri 5/26 7:30pm Meany Theater

Defiant Requiem (Verdi Requiem at Terezín) (Chamber Singers, University Chorale, Tacoma Symphony Chorus, Seattle Jewish Chorale, and UW Symphony Orchestra) Fri 6/2 7:30pm Meany Theater; Sat 6/3 7:30pm Tacoma Armory

Thomas Almli’s doctoral recital (Recital Choir and Cohort Ensemble) Mon 6/5 7:30pm University Presbyterian Church

University Chorale Cabaret: An “A’Choir-ed Taste”

Come enjoy the lighter side of University of Washington Chorale on Sunday, May 7th at 7 pm at the Ethnic Cultural Theater. An “A’Choir-ed Taste” is an annual cabaret concert and fundraiser, and will feature solos, duets, small ensembles, dance numbers and even comedy!  Be sure to purchase $3 tickets for the cabaret raffle at the event or from any Chorale member, with over $1000 worth of prizes, including:

-Chipotle Free Item Coupons (5x Free Meal Items, 5x Free Chips & Guacamole)-Two tickets to Seattle Symphony for events forthcoming in 2017 (exact dates noted on the coupon)
-4 MOPOP (Museum of Pop Culture) tickets
– 2 tickets to see 5th Avenue Theater’s Romy and Michelle’s HS Reunion on Thursday June 8 at 8 pm OR any performance from June 9 through 12.
-One month unlimited yoga classes at Core Power Yoga
-$50 Thai 65: Gift Certificate
-$20 MOD Pizza Gift Card
-3 $30 Netflix Gift Cards
-$50 Tom Douglas restaurants gift card
-HBO Swag: Game of Thrones DVD, blanket, bag, swag bag
-Piano Tuning Service by Wilson Charles
-1 Glassybaby and a tour for 10 people of the glassblowing facility from Glass Baby
-1 Hour Voice lesson from Zach Buker
-DBL Bluetooth Speaker
-Pet Basket from Eastside Dog
-$25 Earl’s on the Ave Gift Card
-Two tickets to Seattle Shakespeare Company’s Julius Caesar
-4 $5 Tea Republik Gift Cards

 

University of Washington at NAFME-Bellevue

Please come out and enjoy the following sessions offered by University of Washington faculty and students at NAFME 2017 in Bellevue, Washington!  

Friday, Feb. 17

9:50: Giselle Wyers: “Climbing the Great Wall: Singing in Chinese Dialects”

         Hyatt: Grand Ballroom J

9:50: Leann Conley-Holcom: “Gesture Without Pain: Injury Prevention for Conductors”

         Westin: Fort Peck

3:30: University of Washington Chorale Performance

         Hyatt: Grand Ballroom ABC

3:30: Panel with Laurie Cappello and Geoffrey Boers: “Adjudicating the Large-Group Choral Festival”
         Hyatt: Laurel

5:30: University of Washington reception

         Westin: Either the Lake Chelan Room, or Lake Washington A

Saturday, Feb. 18

12:30: Steve Morrison and Anita Kumar: “Conducting Matters: Shaping the Way We Hear Music”

         Hyatt: Grand Ballroom J

Sunday, Feb. 19

8:30: Bethany Grant-Rodriguez and Will Coppola: “Giving Recognition to Sociohistorical Significance in African-American Song”

         Hyatt: Cedar Ballroom

Veteran’s Day in Spirit and Song

godblessstillimg_0811The University Singers and Men’s Glee Club had the opportunity to sing with the Husky Marching Band on Saturday, November 12, 2016 as part of the band’s Veteran’s Day 75th Remembrance of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The Husky Band performed a patriotic show including John Williams’ March from 1941, and Glenn Miller’s Chattanooga Choo-Choo. The show culminated with a medley of songs highlighting the Marines, Army, and Navy – all heavily affected by the events of December 7, 1941. The conclusion of the medley was God Bless America at which point the choirs took center field and joined their voices in tumultuous joy.

The University Singers and Men’s Glee Club are non-auditioned choirs at the University of Washington. Both choirs enjoyed the experience and look forward to other collaborations in the future. 

University Chorale Sings “TOGETHER”

14641985_10210142986987046_392176049226307915_nThe University of Washington Chorale is honored to be participating in the University of Washington’s most ambitious fund-drive to date, entitled TOGETHER.  The chorus will join members of the Columbia Choirs of Metropolitan Seattle Children’s Chorus, as well as dancers from the UW dance department. For information about attendance or to view a livestream of the event,visit http://www.washington.edu/together/.

Photo at left features the two choruses in their technical rehearsal at HecEd Pavilion.

Spring Choral Auditions

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UPDATE: Spring auditions are COMPLETE, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sign-up to audition in the fall! Follow this Link and sign up for an audition time on September 26-27, 2016: 2016-2017 UW CHORAL Audition Form

The UW Choral Music Department will be holding early auditions for all choirs for the 2016-2017 academic year on Friday, May 20 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. These auditions are exactly the same as those held each fall and are for current or returning students who are already planning their fall schedules or would like to be considered for a different ensemble. For more information or to sign up for an audition appointment follow the link below. Be sure to read all of the information included to make sure we receive your information!

Passion, Compassion, Impassion.

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Tacoma Symphony Orchestra Music Director Sarah Ioannides leads a performance of Tan Dun’s Water Passion featuring the Tacoma Symphony Chorus.

Dr. Geoffrey Boers, Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities in the UW School of Music, recently spear-headed a series of events devoted to the studying and performance of musical accounts of the passion narrative set to music. The week-long symposium featured three performances of modern settings of the Biblical account of Christ’s death, a subject of devotion that reached new heights with the works of J. S. Bach and was revitalized by Felix Mendelssohn in 1841. The passion story has inspired and captivated composers throughout history and the twenty-first century is certainly no exception. In addition to lectures, public forums, and open rehearsals, central performances of the event “Passion, Compassion, Impassion” included a March 20 concert by the Tacoma Symphony and Chorus of Tan Dun’s Water Passion after St. Matthew; a March 23 concert by Pacific Lutheran University’s Choral Union and Choir of the West and the PLU Symphony Orchestra of Sven-David Sandström’s new St. Matthew Passion; and a March 13 performance of Arvo Pärt’s groundbreaking St. John Passion by the UW Chamber Singers.