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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


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

Photo at left features the two choruses in their technical rehearsal at HecEd Pavilion.

Spring Choral Auditions


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.


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.

UW Choral Alums sing with Choral Arts Ensemble in White House

Obama and Choral Arts EnsembleChoral Arts Ensemble, one of the Pacific NW’s premiere semi-professional choruses directed by Dr. Robert Bode, received an official invitation to provide a private performance at the White House for President Obama, the First Lady and guests last month. The White House Social Office organized the event, utilizing the 2015 holiday season to showcase the best in American choral performance.

Twenty choirs were hand-selected from across the country to provide these performances, and Choral Arts was honored–not only to be the only choir from the Pacific Northwest invited– but also as the final choir in the series.

Matthew Blegen, DMA candidate at University of Washington, and Managing Director of the ensemble, spoke warmly of this opportunity: “The reception we performed as a part of was hosted by the Obamas and the White House staff for the Democratic National Committee and therefore it was a bit of a more star-studded affair than we expected. More exciting, it was an incredibly appreciative audience. We arrived expecting to be background music but were positioned where folks could just focus on our performance … we were treated like honored guests – particularly during our private meeting with the Obamas when they made an effort first and foremost to meet and thank each of us individually.”

Alums from the University of Washington choral program who sing regularly with Choral Arts ensemble include Matthew Blegen*, Adam Burdick, Becca Cantrell, Gary Cannon, Anneliese Johnson* (graduate of UW Law School), Melinda Schlimmer* and Phil Tschopp.  Those singers listed with an asterisk were able to participate in the White House event.  Congratulations to Robert Bode and the Choral Arts Ensemble!

UW Choral Conductors at NCCO

Members of the University of Washington choral conducting studio were on hand for the 6th annual National Collegiate Choral Organization conference held in Portland, Oregon from November 12-14. The organization took the opportunity to honor Charlene Arcphoto (1)hibeque and Simon Carrington as honorary lifetime members for their contributions to the field of collegiate choral music and education. Headlining the concert sessions were two choirs from the Pacific Northwest: The men’s and women’s choirs from Portland State University led by Norwegian conductor Grete Pedersen, and Pacific Lutheran University’s Choir of the West, led by Carrington. Also featured was a special performance by the Yale Schola Cantorum led by David Hill and accompanied by Julliard415, who joined the choir for the second portion of their program using baroque period instruments.

Dr. Giselle Wyers, Associate Professor of Choral Activities, represented UW as one of four professors on a panel discussing “Teaching Choral Literature at the Graduate Level” along with faculty from Michigan State University, the University of Maryland, and the University of Oregon. One of the highlights of the convention was a skype conversation between Carrington and renowned British conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner, who’s typical quotable self provided the room with plenty of laughs and a palpable sense of passion and renewed conviction to the creative parts of our art. The next conference will be held in Baton Rouge, LA in fall 2016!