Monthly Archives: March 2015

UW Chorale’s Busy Winter Comes to a Close 

It is finals week at the University of Washington, and Chorale has just concluded a very busy but very exciting quarter. Chorale worked on three different projects this quarter, and had to cleverly use our rehearsal time (under the talented tutelage of our conductor Dr. Giselle Wyers and assistant conductors Debi and Elizabeth) in order to learn and polish all the music required to fulfill these thrilling commitments.


Photo by Jonathan Vanderweit

The first project we completed was thanks to our continued partnership with Ann Hamilton and the Henry Art Gallery. We spent a fantastic evening in the Henry Art, alternating between moving through the galleries in small groups and singing as a whole choir in the larger galleries. In our smaller groups, of approximately 10 singers, we serenaded the furs, photos, and texts on display with a round composed by Dr. Wyers, melodies co-composed by pairs of Chorale members, and any other music we felt would communicate best with the exhibit. We came together as a whole choir a few times as well, in the North or South galleries, to sing songs that honored the powerful themes of the exhibit, Ann Hamilton’s A Common Sense. This performance was unique and powerful, invoking strong emotions in many of our singers. In addition to this one event, each member of Chorale volunteered an hour or more of their own time this academic quarter to stroll the galleries and be a living, breathing, singing part of the exhibit.

Pops pictureFollowing this magical night, we worked hard on literature for our Winter Concert with the Chamber Singers, and for our string of Pops performances with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra mentioned in our last blog post. We had the privilege of working under the talented and charismatic Steven Reineke (pictured to the right), who conducted our three performances at Benaroya Hall in Downtown Seattle. We had a blast, entertaining the audience with popular tunes from Rodgers’ & Hammerstein’s many musical collaborations, and getting the chance to perform and interact with the three talented soloists.

We capped off our quarter with a successful performance last Wednesday evening, singing repertoire that had not been part of our previous two projects, as well as a couple homages to our efforts at the Henry Art Gallery: reprising Dr. Wyers’ composition “Incantation to Remember” (text by Ann Hamilton, performed at the Henry Art Gallery), and the Pops crowd favorite “There Is Nothin’ Like a Dame” from the musical South Pacific. We are excited about our new and strengthening relationship with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and looking forward to our next quarter and the new and expansive opportunities it will bring!



University of Washington Chorale sings with the Seattle Symphony!


     The University of Washington Chorale is excited to join the UW Chamber Singers and the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall in Downtown Seattle this coming weekend for the performance of “Some Enchanted Evening: Rodgers & Hammerstein Celebration”. The concert is summarized by this excerpt from the Seattle Symphony website:

“Celebrate the golden age of Broadway! New York Pops music director Steven Reineke brings to life the legendary music of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Broadway actors Ashley Brown (Mary PoppinsBeauty and the Beast) and Aaron Lazar (The Last ShipA Little Night Music), along with baritone Jonathan Estabrooks and University of Washington Choirs, join the Seattle Symphony for a memorable program of favorites from Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific and more.”

The singers of UW Chorale have been working tirelessly on music for this concert, which opens this Friday, March 6th, at 8:00 pm. Additional shows are on Saturday, March 7th (also 8:00 pm) and a matinee on Sunday, March 8th (2:00 pm). Additional information can be found on the Seattle Symphony website, here.

Look for another post coming soon about what we have already accomplished this quarter, and what is coming after these performances!