Fall 2014: New Faces, Ann Hamilton’s “A Common Sense”, and more

It’s autumn, time for the beginning of a new academic year and new year of music-making for the University of Washington Chorale! After auditioning and then singing at call-backs on the first day of school, the 2014-2015 University of Washington Chorale was established. Almost half of the members of Chorale are new to the ensemble; additionally, returning assistant conductor Debi Johanson has been joined by a new assistant conductor, Elizabeth MacIsaac. We’re enjoying all the new faces and all the returning members, encompassing many different ages, majors, and backgrounds, with one common goal: to make create fantastic music and have a great time doing it!

We kicked off a year with a choir retreat last Saturday where we introduced ourselves to each other, rehearsed, played games to bond as a group, and elected a new Choir Cabinet (the group of leaders selected from among our members to assist the choir and Dr. Wyers in day-to-day operations, fundraising, and promotion of the choir). We are working towards many diverse performances this year, the first of which is occurring very soon: tomorrow, in fact! (Read on to learn more!) In addition to tomorrow’s performance, and an exciting choral exchange with the Rogers High School Choir in November, there are several events during the quarter that are worth experiencing:

  • Women of Chorale join the UW Symphony for Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Suite on October 30th, 2014

    • Conducted by David Alexander Rahbee, the women of the University of Washington Chorale will accompany the UW symphony for their last piece of the night, but the entire concert is worth attending!
    • Located at Meany Hall at 7:30 PM: Tickets range from $10 – $15
    • Learn more here.
  • Chorale and Chamber Singers’ Fall Concert on December 2nd, 2014
    • The University of Washington Chorale joins the UW Chamber Singers to perform their fall quarter concert, consisting of choral literature learned during the quarter.
    • Located at Meany Hall at 7:30 PM: Tickets range from $10 – $15
    • Learn more here.
  • CarolFest on December 3rd, 2014
    • The University of Washington Chorale joins the UW Chamber Singers, University Singers, Women’s Choir, Gospel Choir, and Men’s Glee Club to perform seasonal music from around the globe.
    • Located at Meany Hall at 7:30 PM: Tickets range from $10 – $15
    • Learn more here.

hamilton  Last, but not least: tomorrow’s performance! The UW Chorale has enjoyed collaborations with many artists, and this weekend joins Ann Hamilton in her soft opening of “A Common Sense” at UW’s Henry Art Gallery. Ann Hamilton is a world-renowned artist who has created an installation exploring the common global language of touch, through the display of uniquely created prints like the one above (made by scanning the bodies of hundreds of animals from UW’s Burke Museum)  and traditional clothing made from animals. Accompanying this will be sound of about 20 mechanical bullroarers, and members of the University of Washington Chorale, in duos or on their own. The Chorale members will serenade the prints and artifacts with poetry developed and set to music by Ann Hamilton herself and Chorale’s director, Dr. Giselle Wyers. The exhibition will run from October 11th until April 26th, 2015, but be sure to come during the day tomorrow if you want to hear Chorale’s contribution to the exhibition. For the rest of the duration of the exhibit, Chorale members, Dr. Wyers, and community members are welcome to stop in on their own time and fill the museum with Hamilton and Wyers’ poetry. Read UW alumna Kelly Huffman’s impression of the exhibit or click on the hyperlinked title above to find more information.

And some final information about Chorale: we are planning to have a cookie dough fundraiser this quarter. Choir members will be contacting friends and family and collecting orders between October 15th and October 29th, and the cookie dough will be distributed on November 12th, in time to make delicious batches of cookies for Thanksgiving! Also, you may have noticed that the blog has limited content at the moment, and that is because of all the new faces among our members, Cabinet, and conducting team, as well as a plethora of exciting performances planned for the coming 9 months that made the existing blog content out of date. Updated content will be posted shortly!

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About University of Washington Chorale

The UW Chorale is a premiere undergraduate choral ensemble at UW and is known for its highly expressive performances and technical abilities. Entrance is competitive, and is based upon the following factors: strong vocal technique, strong sight-singing skills, expressive depth, a solid work ethic, and the willingness to work communally with others to reach the highest possible standards. UW Chorale plays an active role in promoting the UW music department through frequent performances and community appearances, as well as a yearly tour and/or CD recording.