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

 

Dido and Aeneas

Dido rehearsal photoApril was a busy month for the UW Chamber Singers and Opera Workshop, featuring two separate productions of Henry Purcell’s 17th-century opera Dido and Aeneas. Faculty artist Stephen Stubbs led student singers and instrumentalists in a staged version in Meany Hall on April 13th, then brought in professional soloists and members of the Pacific MusicWorks period orchestra for concert performances in Benaroya Hall and Meany Hall on April 29th and 30th.

While Geoffrey Boers and Stephen Stubbs coached both subsets of Chamber Singers in Baroque performance practice for the Dido choruses, U.K. choreographer Anna Mansbridge put a modern spin on the staged version with a wide range of movement styles. Chorus members created human sculptures of trees, writhed like villainous witches, performed elegant country dances, and caroused like sailors, often bringing out the humor in an otherwise tragic tale. Four professional dancers provided another means of storytelling and artistry.

The other half of Chamber Singers sang the choruses in the April 29-30 concert performances with Laura Pudwell and Brendan Tuohy in the title roles. Instead of the Fairy Queen prologue that opened the staged production, they began with Purcell’s Welcome Song for the king. This collaboration between the UW Chamber Singers and Pacific MusicWorks was preceded by other rewarding early music projects, including Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 and Handel’s Messiah in the 2016-2017 season.

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

Happy New Year from the UW Choral Department

image002The lighter side of the UW Choral program was in full display during the Holidays as the University Chorale and Chamber Singers enjoyed light-hearted music around Seattle. University Chorale collaborated with the Seattle Symphony Holiday POPS, kicking the holiday season into high gear.  And if you can’t tell “Who” these singers are, they are members of the UW Chamber Singers singing at a Christmas party at the Seattle Center—dressed up like Who’s from Whoville, and singing music from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”  

Continue to follow the joyful, energetic and ever-changing profile of UW Chorale and Chamber Singers, as they travel to New York’s Carnegie Hall in April, and perform the athletic and dramatic Verdi Requiem with University of Washington Symphony Orchestra this June!

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.

Estonian Independence Day Celebration

Estonian festival picUniversity of Washington Chamber Singers, Director of Choral Activities Geoffrey Boers, and UW graduate students and alumns in choral conducting performed at an Estonian Independence Day recognition ceremony in Odegaard Library last week. The celebration was a gathering of the Baltic Community, captured by UW TV, coinciding with the opening of a photo art exhibit celebrating the Song Festival UNESCO tradition in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Dr. Boers and Dr. Wyers combined a “tour choir” which combined to travel and perform in the 2014 Latvian Song Festival.  University of Washington has the only choral library collection of Baltic music in the US, established in 2005.

Roomful of Teeth at UW

013-roomful-teeth-ayala-0913Grammy award winning vocal group Roomful of Teeth  will present workshops at the University of Washington School of Music on February 4-5.

Music director Brad Wells and his group of 8 singers will lead current students and candidates to the graduate program in choral conducting through two masterclass sessions on ensemble technique, and various vocal styles. According to their website Roomful of Teeth is a “vocal project dedicated to mining the expressive potential of the human voice. Through study with masters from singing traditions the world over, the eight-voice ensemble continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques and, through an ongoing commissioning process, forges a new repertoire without borders.” Current UW doctoral student Sarah Riskind has worked with Wells in a collegiate setting and describes him as “an inspiring mentor. I am one of many [students] who became choral conductors because of Brad’s example. From Tuvan throat-singing to belting, his authentic and encouraging personality invites people to try new things and fulfill their potential.”

Their visit coincides with several public performances of Luciano Berio’s Sinfonia with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.