Friday, September 11, 2015

Men's Chorus 2015-2016

Congratulations to the following singers who have been placed in the University Men's Chorus. First meeting will be next Tuesday, September 15th, 1:45 - 2:45 pm in room 306 (Choral Rehearsal Room).

Adam Conover
Jacob Dominguez-Nelson
Tomas Jack
Benjamin Martin
Eddie McCoven
Andrew Riecke
Brett Rodriguez
Chuck Stern
Aaron Weed

University Singers 2015-2016

Congratulations to the following members of the 2015-2016 University Singers!

Our first rehearsal will be Monday, September 14, 1:45-3:15 in the Choir Room (MBR 306). Please bring a plain black folder and a pencil with you to rehearsal. I will have registration forms for those who did not complete them on Wednesday; the Music Office will then complete the registration process.

I look forward to working with you this year!

(voice placements are tentative!)

Claire Bedsworth
Emma Deloye
Kate Durost
Elise Hankins
Lexi Higgins
Arynn Jensen
Laura Lampson
Naomi Lapp
Shelby Mathison
Jennifer Matson
Elizabeth Postovoit
Rachel Ross
Ashley Santibanez
Lauren Searls
Savannah Stephan

Vince Adams
Amy Arand
Halley Barnett
Laila Bevan
Chloe Carr
Melody Coleman
Rachel Dixon
Jessica Fletcher
Athena Gordon
Elizabeth Hamre
Phyllis Jenkins
Jessica Lee
Anna Milheim
Christina Nelson
Rosie Palof
Kyla Ray
Kinsey Reed
Ryley Tucker
Holly Winter
Stephanie Van Bramer

MariHa Casas
Hailey Castagnozzi
Jessica Chase
Megan Cheatham
Sydney Davies
Kaylee Fiedler
Rachel Friedland
Olivia Gray
Adrina MacDonald
Alessandra Robatty Llerena
Aiyanna Stephens
Hannah Valen
Emily Weiss

Ria Boorsma
Grace Hancock
Zoryana Lakotiy
Alyssa Lyngaas
Sienna Mathes
Jamie Welch
Katelin Wilson
Erika Yoney

Choir of the West 2015-2016

Congratulations to the following singers who have been selected for Choir of the West!

Our first rehearsal will be 3:40-5:10, Monday, September 14, in Lagerquist Concert Hall.  Please bring a black folder and pencil to rehearsal.

I look forward to a great year!

Ally Atwood (1)
Jordan Berg (1)
Tess Benson (2)
Katie Darling (2)
Sarah Hubert (2)
Marissa Moultrie (1)
Mollie Parce (1)
Cassie Willock (2)

Lydia Bill (2)
Gillian Dockins (1)
Miya Higashiyama (1)
Sophia Lewis (1)
Kiana Norman-Slack (2)
Hannah Rausch (2)
Rizelle Rosales (1)
Sadie Wentz (2)

Joseph Delgado (1)
John Doster (2)
Dylan Harm (1)
Matthew Fosmire (2)
Logan Kropp (2)
Maxfield Marcus (1)
Sean Murphy (2)
Nick Stevens (1)
Ethan Wiederspan (2)

Josh Bozich (1)
Tyler Dobies (1)
Brett Gaulke (2)
Jesús Gómez (1)
Michael Greer (1)
Brandon Hell (2)
Nicholas Hester (2)
Nathan Robe (1)
Dalton Rouse (2)
Tevita Tupou (1)

Chorale 2015-2016

Congratulations to the following members of the 2015-2016 Chorale!

Our first rehearsal will be Monday, September 14, 3:40-5:10 in the Choir Room (MBR 306). I will have registration forms for you to complete at that time; the Music Office will then complete the registration process.

I look forward to working with you this year!

Natalie Breshears
Elissa Brown
Meghan Gould
Alicia Hoag
Julie Landes
Kaitlynn Mann
Sierra Marsh
Rebekah Oglesby
Claire Pahlmeyer
Emily Shane
Alexandra Steves

Kristin Bender
Krista Braaten
Alexandra Dreher
Tora Hedges
Haley Hurtt
Morgan Myers
Annika Pederson
Annalise Sansburn
Nina Schultz
Carly Stauffer
Renee Tapia

Daniel Beal
Andrew Corse
Darryin Cunningham
Blayne Fujita
Nick Hager
Levi Hawkes
Tomas Jack
Raj Kumar
Brian Loughridge
Tyler Lydic
Ryan McNamara

Jordan Bowles
Brennan Brichoux
Christian Hinrichsen
Alex Justice
Robert O’Quinn
Justin Pennington
Kyle Rapacz
David Ries
Manuel Tirado
Eric West
Stephen Zorn

Monday, August 24, 2015

Welcome to the 2015-2016 Year!

Audition sign up sheets will be posted on the Choral Bulletin Board in the Mary Baker Russell Music Center by 2:00pm on Tuesday, September 1.

First year students should not schedule a choral audition during mandatory orientation activities. Please read your orientation schedule carefully to avoid any conflicts.

Signing up for an audition is a two-part process:
  1. Schedule an audition time. Auditions are scheduled in six-minute appointments beginning Saturday morning. SCHEDULE THE EARLIEST TIME THAT YOU ARE AVAILABLE. We simply cannot hear everyone sing on Monday. When possible, do not leave large gaps of time in the schedule.
  2. Complete the online registration form, found here.

See you this weekend! We're looking forward to hearing you sing!

Dr. Richard Nance, Director of Choral Activities
Dr. Brian Galante, Associate Director of Choral Activities

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Tuxedo Pricing and Fitting

All men wear tuxedos during our choral performances. Tuxedos are basic black, with a black bow tie and cummerbund, white shirt and black cufflinks and studs.

If you need to purchase a tuxedo, or order additional accessories, Pat Van Haren will be available to take orders and measurements on Thursday, September 17, from 2:45-4:00. Please note that payment must be submitted in order to place an order at that time. An a la carte pricing list is provided below. The total price for the full tuxedo package is $153.24 (sales tax included).

All alterations are completed before delivery.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Audition Information (Returning Students)

Greetings all!

We hope your summer has been a time of relaxation, fun with your family, and personal productivity! This blog provides important information regarding auditions for our 2015-2016 choral ensembles. Please read it carefully, and be sure to sign up for an audition time as early as possible.

The 2015-2016 choral ensembles at PLU are as follows:
  • Choir of the West rehearses Monday thru Thursday, 3:40-5:10 PM. Conducted by Dr. Nance. 
  • University Chorale rehearses Monday thru Thursday, 3:40-5:10 PM. Conducted by Dr. Galante. 
  • University Singers rehearses Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 1:45-3:15 PM. Conducted by Dr. Galante. 
  • University Men's Chorus rehearses Tuesday and Thursday, 1:45-3:00 PM. Conducted by Dr. Nance. 
  • Chamber Singers rehearses Tuesday and Thursday, 1:45-2:45 PM. Directed by Dr. Galante. 
  • Choral Union rehearses Monday evenings, 7:30-9:30 PM. Conducted by Dr. Nance. 
  • Chapel Choir rehearses on Tuesday evenings, 6:00-7:30 PM. Conducted by Dr. Tegels.

We will be posting sign up lists for auditions in the MBR back hallway (on the choir bulletin board) by Tuesday, September 1. Please be aware that there are only three days of initial auditions this year:
  • Saturday, September 5 (9:30a-12:30p and 1:00p-3:00p, new students only; 3:00p - 5:00p, returning students only) 
  • Sunday, September 6 (2:00p-6:00p, open to all students) 
  • Monday, September 7 (12:30-5:30p, returning students only).
*Note: all returning members of Choir of the West and Chorale will have a Convocation rehearsal on Monday evening, 7:00 - 8:15 pm.

As you can see, there are specific audition blocks assigned to new students and returning students. This is being done to accommodate first-year orientation activities. It is very important that you sign up for the earliest possible time that fits your schedule. We simply will not have enough times available on Monday to hear all returning people.

As in the past, auditions are six minutes; the routine has not changed. We will say a very quick hello, ask you to sing a solo piece (Sheila Bristow will be accompanying), and then finish with three short tonal memory exercises. If we want to hear more of your voice we may also ask for some vocalises. Since we have short audition times, please keep your solo to 2 or 3 minutes. We do want to hear enough to get a sense of how your voice is growing; if your piece is longer than 3 minutes, just pick a section that best shows off your voice. If you have a piece with a da capo, you could choose to omit the da capo, or simply ornament the first time around.

It is very important for you to take your audition seriously! Start working on your piece so you can be in good form when you sing for us (it's easy to get rusty during the summer break!). We also encourage you to NOT choose to sing something from the hymnal. Spots in the choirs are limited and we have difficult choices to make: you need to sing your best for us!

This year's convocation will be held on Tuesday, September 8. All returning members of Choir of the West and Chorale participate in the convocation ensemble. The choir will be singing an anthem and an unaccompanied verse of a hymn. The schedule is listed below:

Monday, Sept 7—Rehearsal, 7:00-8:15pm
Tuesday, Sept 8—Convocation, 9:00am (CALL 7:50 for sound check)

Recall lists will be posted on the choir bulletin board by noon on Tuesday, Sept 8, and will run throughout the first week of classes. We'll post our final choir lists late in the afternoon on Friday, September 11 on this blog. Rehearsals will begin on Monday, Sept 14.

It's going to be a very exciting year, and we are anxious to get started. Highlights of the schedule are listed on this blog! Please register for your audition and sign up for a time at your earliest convenience. Any questions, please do not hesitate to send us an email.

Enjoy these last few days of summer!

All best,
Dr. Richard Nance, Director of Choral Activities
Dr. Brian Galante, Associate Director of Choral Activities