Endings and Beginnings!

With the upcoming fall quarter starting next month, it’s time for one last post to wrap up the 2019-2020 school year!

On June 7, Chorale joined forces with members of Chamber Singers, Seattle Modern Orchestra, and Seattle Girls’ Choir (as well as three guest soloists) to perform Britten’s War Requiem. It was a magnificent night full of soul-stirring moments and raw emotion, and it was incredible to see how all the parts came together in the end! Thank you to everyone who came to watch or supported the performance in other ways – it was truly a night to remember!

From June 27 to July 7, members from Chamber Singers and Chorale (as well as a few special guests) embarked on the long-awaited Baltic tour. Throughout the tour, the joint choir traveled throughout Latvia and Estonia, performing at different venues and taking some time for well-earned sightseeing and mingling with friends! Our tour ended with a bang as we joined thousands of singers in the Estonian Song Festival, an event held every five years at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds. It was an unforgettable experience, full of palpable joy and indubitable pride in the Estonian spirit. Seeing the love and enjoyment on the faces of the audience and choirs made our many months of preparation and rehearsal worth it! Many thanks to everyone who made this experience possible – it was an absolute pleasure, and gave us all lifelong memories to cherish.

Photo: A view of the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds as seen from the audience.

Looking ahead to the upcoming year, registration for UW choir auditions is now open! If you want to join Chorale, Chamber Singers, or Recital Choir next year, make sure you sign up! More information can be found at this link. Best wishes to everyone who participates!

Finally, I would like to say from the bottom of my heart that it has been my pleasure to serve as the UW Chorale Historian this year. Documenting the events, performances, and people that make up the overall Chorale experience has been eye-opening and nothing short of amazing. I look forward to training my successor soon and seeing what they do with this position!

Now that everything’s said and done, I’ll catch you on the flipside! This is Steven Santos, signing off – peace out! ✌