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Fall Quarter Updates!

Hello again friends,

We are now in our final week of the quarter, and we have been rockin’ and rollin’.

 

During the first few weeks of learning our fall repertoire, we had a special guest appearance–Ivar Cinkuss, director of the 2013 Latvian International Festival of Song and Dance, came and directed our choir for a few minutes.

What an incredible special guest we had in class on Wednesday! Although more accustomed to conducting a choir of 16,000, Ivars Cinkuss, Director of the 2013 Latvian International Festival of Song and Dance, conducted our Chorale of 60 through some of our repertoire for our Fall Concert! Here's a taste of one of our favorites this quarter, Mille Regrets.

Posted by University of Washington Chorale on Friday, November 3, 2017

 

After directing a couple of our pieces, Ivar gave some great, specific, and memorable advice which helped our final performance on November 30th (which we killed).

 

Our fall performance included pieces in several languages including German, French, and Mongolian. Although many of us were happy to take on the French and German, we were reluctant on singing the Mongolian–it seemed like a daunting task! And yet, after hours of listening to a recording and speaking out the words together, we were able to spit out the foreign words like no other.

 

We are now working on our Holiday Pops music, which include popular pieces such as “I Saw Three Ships,” “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” and “Sleigh Ride.” Our performances are this weekend, December 8th through the 10th. We have had so much fun rehearsing, and are excited for this holiday spirit-filled weekend so please come and support us!

Until next time!

 

New Year, New Friends, New Music, Same Chorale Spirit

Hello fellow Chorale friends, members, family, and fans! Whether it be your first time hearing about Chorale or not, we welcome each and every one of you.

We officially kicked off the new year with our annual fall retreat at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church this past Saturday. For those of you who are unfamiliar to what a retreat is, it is typically a day for new and returning choir members to get to know each other in a setting outside of the classroom. Our VP, Byron, did a terrific job in directing the ice-breakers; in fact, our president, Evan, was having so much fun that he nearly caused a scene by running into another member while playing “never have I ever!”

In addition to getting to know each other and playing ridiculous games, we were able to take a peek at our repertoire for the upcoming quarter. As usual, Dr. Wyers did a fantastic job of choosing a diverse selection of pieces ranging from traditional Western classical pieces, to a Mongolian piece that will have audiences in complete awe.

And finally, towards the end of retreat, we had our annual election for our cabinet.

(And yes, we are indeed dabbing)

Our cabinet members are as follows:

  • President: Evan Shelton
  • Vice President: Byron Walker
  • Head Section Leader: Anya Hsu
  • Secretary: Sam Fredman
  • Treasurer: Cannon Roe
  • Publicity Chair: Marcy Landes
  • Historian: Lina Bishop
  • Social Chairs: Natalie Modlin & Ally Arnold
  • Concert Chairs: Gargi Sivaram & Maddie Ile

We are more than excited to serve Chorale for the next year or so, and can’t wait to see where this quarter takes us!

Until next time <3

 

New York, New York!

UW Chorale took on the big apple last weekend, performing in numerous different venues!

The day we arrived, we enjoyed a group dinner and then headed to the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine to tune in on a pickup rehearsal. It was amazing to hear the different groups (The Manhattan School of Music Choirs, the Oratorio Society of NY, the Cathedral of St. John’s Choir, Professional soloists, and the Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kent Tritle) perform Britten’s War Requiem.

On Friday, we performed in the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine with UW’s Chamber Singers. The venue was fun to sing in, with such a beautiful setting and wonderful acoustics. We performed a few pieces that we would go on to sing in Carnegie the next day. We were also fortunate enough to learn a little bit of the backstory of the Cathedral.

 

The next day, we had the opportunity to perform in Carnegie Hall! Chorale took part in the first half of the show, right before the Washington and Lee University Singers, conducted by Shane Lynch. We were also able to sit in the audience of UW’s Chamber Singers, directed by Geoffrey Boers, and the University of Louisville Cardinal Singers, by Kent Hatteburg. Being able to sing on stage at such an iconic venue was an amazing experience.

Sunday we sang alongside the choir at The Church of St. Paul the Apostle. We sang during the Mass, and also performed a 30 minute concert following the service for any parishioners that chose to stay and listen. This was a great cultural experience for the members of the choir to take part in the service.

 

Monday was our last day in New York, where we spent the day over at Hofstra University and participated in an exchange with the University Chorale, conducted by Dr. David Fryling. We got to listen to their repertoire and perform some of our own music, along with UW Chamber Singers, and had time to mingle with the Hofstra Chorale.

 

Performing in New York at all these different venues was an experience Chorale members will never forget! Special thank you to the Chorale and Chamber Singers directors, Giselle Wyers and Geoffrey Boers, and Sechrist Travel for accompanying us on this journey!

Till next time,

UW Chorale.

Exciting NAfME performance!

This year, UW Chorale performed at the NAfME conference at the Hyatt in Bellevue. We were very excited to share our fall literature with the many music educators that attended the conference on the 17th! We received many amazing reviews, all thanks to the hard work of the choir and our wonderful director, Dr. Giselle Wyers! We look forward to the next conference and the opportunity to share our love of music with those who also share that same admiration.

As the preparation for NAfME comes to a close, our next big performance is coming right around the corner. UW Chorale is working hard to perfect our literature to perform in Carnegie Hall this April. The time when we take flight to New York is approaching fast as we perfect our repertoire, and we are ecstatic to perform.

Till next time,

UW Chorale 🙂

Ending Fall Quarter!

15439884_10154809281897692_9044756591166714253_nThe end of Fall quarter held a lot of events for UW’s Chorale. Holding our first concert, we performed all the music we learned throughout the ten-week period. The concert went on without a hitch, as our show did a wonderful job of demonstrating our hard work. It was a duel concert with the University’s Chamber Singers, so we also had the opportunity to stay past intermission and watch their performance of what they worked on. It was a wonderful experience, and we are grateful to all who were able to come and show us their support!

We also had the opportunity to sing alongside the amaz15393000_10154875826304434_4467375993066888413_oing Seattle Symphony for an extravagant Christmas production. Singing beside the symphony was a great experience, as we were able to perform with two Broadway stars, Hugh Panaro and Nicole Parker, as well as the Halau Hula O Napualani dance group. Conducted by Stuart Chavez, we were able to perform four shows without problems! It was a wonderful experience full of holiday cheer and we were delighted to be invited to help convey the spirit of the holidays through song with the Seattle Symphony.

We look forward to an exciting Winter quarter to kick off the new year!

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Till next time,

UW Chorale

Kickoff to the New Year!

20161008_141510-3Hello Chorale followers! This year, UW’s Chorale had our annual “beginning of the year” retreat early this October! It was a great way for new members to meet other members of the choir. We had ice breakers, playing games like “Never Have I Ever” and other introductory games. We also rehearsed our new music, which gave us a head start on our performance pieces and gave members an introduction to the types of music we will be singing this year.

We also introduced the new year’s cabinet members at the 20161008_141650-2retreat, introducing some new members in addition to the returning members! This years cabinet includes Bradyn Rookard, Evan Shelton, Lillian Karout, Magnolia Pattison, Marcy Landes, Miriam Nunley, Natale Modlin, Nick Reynolds, Sam Fredman, Stephanie Hobart, and Zachary Buker. With such a strong group of passionate Chorale members, this year’s choir is due to be a success!

14642391_10154545789192481_5550888042142379344_nThe Chorale also started this year with an exciting performance with the Cascade Children’s Chorus at the TOGETHER UW event on October 21st! The event went flawlessly and it was a perfect experience for first year Chorale members to get in the game. It was a great way to kick off the new year and get members excited about upcoming events.

Celebrate The Unbreakable Mirror

Wow. It’s been a while since I last made a post. I’m sure a lot of you are dying to know what we are up to. Before I update you on our current status, I’d like to share a couple of happiness with you my friends: We earned about $330,000 for the Seattle Children’s at the Firelight Benefit Concert AND our CD Refuge has made its way to the FINALS division of the American Prize for Choral Performance!! Yeah~~~but WAIT, it’s not the time for cakes and champagne yet, not until you’ve join us at our concert today or go to one of the Holiday POPS Concerts that will be hold in Beneroya next weekend.

Yes. We have big goals this year and we have been working very hard to achieve them. The amount of responsibility and challenge we take on is tremendous, considering that we are all college students and have other things going on. But, we all love singing and we’d like people to hear us. As a result, we have the Firelight Concert in November, the Fall Concert, the UW traditional CarolFest, and the Seattle Holiday POPS concerts all in December. That’s a lot of concerts and what comes with them, of course, are effort, time, and energy.

After our success in the Firelight Concert, we jumped right in into our music for the Fall Concert, which will be happening today at 7:30pm in Meany Hall (click here for tickets). The pieces chosen for this quarter are beautiful but challenging. As a matter of fact, when we rehearsed in Meany on the Monday of the Thanksgiving week, it was no doubt that we were not ready. Dr. Wyers was encouraging, but the fear was almost palpable. However, the situation completely changed after coming back from Thanksgiving. In our rehearsals this week, we have got ourselves ready and found our confidence on stage. Every voice took their responsibility, and it was a moment of pure happiness to know that we all care about singing in the same way.

Now, I’d like to invite you to our concert – The Unbreakable Mirror – to enjoy the songs and voices that we are about to give you, and to witness our growth and the path that we are about to take on.

— See you soon —