The University of Washington Chorale and Chamber Singers just completed a three-performance run of Rodgers and Hammerstein POPS concerts with Seattle Symphony under the direction of Steven Reineke, who also serves as Principal Conductor of the New York POPS. The combined choirs were joined by outstanding soloists Jonathan Estabrooks, Ashley Brown, and Aaron Lazar. Our performance earned us a “Rave” in the Seattle Times and ignited some promising future connections with the Seattle Symphony.
UW Choral Festival of Excellence April 13, 2015
Please consider joining the University of Washington Choral Department and guest clinician Dr. Eric Johnson of Northern Illinois University on April 13, 2015 at the Meany Theater for the Performing Arts at UW. Your students will enjoy a videotaped on-stage clinic with Dr. Johnson, an off-stage clinic with Dr. Geoffrey Boers, Director of Choral Activities at UW, and a special directors luncheon. Visit the UW Choral Festival Page for all the details and registration flyer!
University of Washington Chorale and members of the wider UW choral community gather this season to provide “touch in the form of embodied sound” as part of MacArthur award winning conceptual artist Ann Hamilton’s upcoming exhibit at the Henry Art Gallery. Read more about this exciting interdisciplinary project in a feature article written by UW alum Kelly Huffman here. Information about how you can add your voice to this project or come and see the exhibit is available here or by contacting Dr. Giselle Wyers.
The UW Summer Chorale presents “Embracing the Journey,” a program of music spanning the ages from the Baroque and Romantic eras to the present and emotional landscapes from despair and sorrow to hope, faith and comfort. Program selections include the Bach cantata “My Heart Swims Blood,” new work by Seattle composer Susan Maughlin Wood and Ola Gjeilo, and Coldplay’s “Fix You,” among others. Conductor Ryan Ellis is currently studying for his doctorate in choral conducting at University of Washington. Please join us tomorrow night, August 13, at 7:30 pm at University Presbyterian Church (4540 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA). There will be no charge for this event! A link to more information about the program can be found here.
The Chamber Singers and University Chorale present their Winter Quarter concert (click here for tickets). Among other works on the program, the University Chorale, under the direction of Giselle Wyers, performs works by composers from Argentina, Venezuela, Cuba, Spain, Chile, Italy, and the United States. The Chamber Singers, under the direction of Geoffrey Boers, preview their upcoming ACDA NW conference appearance with their set entitled “….and we beheld again the stars,” featuring works by Claudio Monteverdi, Ingvar Lidholm, School of Music alumnus Eric Barnum, and the indie group Elbow. And we welcome to our stage Ballard High School Chamber Choir, under the direction of Courtney Pelavin. Don’t miss this exciting event!
University of Washington Chorale recently appeared as guest artists for the Henry Art Gallery’s annual fundraiser and gala. Their performance celebrates an upcoming collaboration between UW choirs and nationally renowned conceptual artist Ann Hamilton (pictured below), who will create a full-scale installation utilizing singing next fall at the Henry. Here are some pictures from this event, where donors were asked to wear white, and Chorale appeared in earthy colors.