Sunday, December 1, 2013

2014 PLU Choral Invitational

The 2014 PLU Choral Invitational will take place on Thursday, February 27 and Friday, February 28. Registration is now open via this form.

The Schedule
As in past years, the Invitational begins each day with registration at 8:00am and ends at 4:30pm, depending on the number of choirs performing. Preference will be given to one advanced choir from each school, though if slots are available additional choirs may apply. Performing ensembles are expected to stay either all morning or all afternoon (and certainly encouraged to stay all day!) to listen, observe clinics, and support the other choirs. Ours is not a competitive festival, but rather an opportunity to share great choral music with other excellent high school choirs in the wonderful acoustics of PLU's Lagerquist Concert Hall.  

The Performances

Choirs are requested to wear informal uniforms. Ensembles are scheduled in 25-minute performance slots, allowing time for a 15-minute performance and 10-minute clinic with a PLU choral or voice faculty member. Performances by the Choir of the West and University Chorale will bookend the lunch break each day. Groups that can only stay for half of the day are most welcome to stay after lunch, or arrive early, to hear these performances. A tentative performance schedule will be published after the February 15 payment deadline.

Dining at PLU

Students may purchase lunch at the PLU University Center. We have an outstanding food service department, and students can select from several food options. The cost of meals vary, students can purchase a great meal for under $10. Sample menus and more information can be viewed here

If you do plan for your students to eat in the Commons, we need a head count so Dining Services may plan accordingly. Should your students wish to bring a sack lunch, there are sitting areas available in the UC. Fast food is also available close by if you wish to eat off campus.

A catered lunch is available for directors and accompanists. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know colleagues, share stories, and exchange great ideas. The cost of this lunch is $15.00 per person. Please indicate how many people from your school will be attending the catered lunch on the registration invoice, and include payment with your festival application fee.

Travel to PLU

Directions to PLU, and the Mary Baker Russell Music Center, are available on the PLU websiteParking is allowed in certain lots on campus with a guest parking pass for the day. If you wish to have students park their cars on campus, please indicate the number of passes you will need on the registration invoice.

Participation Fee

A $100 fee is required for participation, due by February 15, 2014. Payment may be by check, Visa or Mastercard, or purchase order. Please print out the invoice, and return with payment to: 

PLU Choral Invitational

Attn: Brian Galante
Department of Music
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA  98447


We look forward to seeing you at the 2014 Invitational!

Brian Galante, Acting Director of Choral Activities
Pacific Lutheran University

2014 PLU Invitational Registration Form

Friday, September 13, 2013

University Singers 2013-2014

Congratulations to the following members of the 2013-2014 University Singers!

Our first rehearsal will be Monday, September 16, 1:45-3:15 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.

Roster listed alphabetically. Part assignments will be announced in rehearsal on Monday.

Amy Arand
Erika Bakner
Halley Barnett
Valkyrie Benson
Melody Coleman
Katie Darling
Hannah Davidson
Audrey Deiss
Alexandra Dreher
Kate Durost
Chloe Dziok
Hannah Ferguson
Nicole Fossand
Elizabeth Frerking
Margot Fresquez
Leah Gibbon
Catherine Graham
Chelsea Hebert
Tora Hedges
Chloe Howard
Micaela Ingraham
Michelle Johnson
KeelyAnn Kelly
Emily Khilfeh
Mariel Latshaw
Molly Lindberg
Kari Lysne
Jenna Mackenzie
Kaitlynn Mann
Jessi Marlow
Janelle Maroney
Sarah Martin
Arika Matoba
Shiori Oki
Rachel Pack
Hannah Rausch
Claire Rehmke
Sarah Robinson
Elise Rodrigues
Taylor Ruyffeleare
Annalise Sansburn
Kiera Stevens
Alexandra Steves
Linnea Svensson (spring only)
Stephanie Van Bramer
Julia Walsh
Rachel Watanabe
Jamie Welch
Marissa Wilhite
Ariel Wood
Miki Yamamoto
Lois Yi

Chorale 2013-2014

Congratulations to the following members of the 2013-2014 Chorale!

Our first rehearsal will be Monday, September 16, 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.

Ally Atwood
Katie Beck
Tess Benson
Jordan Berg
Kaitlyn Gervais
Sarah Hubert
Sarah MacDonald
Christina Mahaney
Rebekah Oglesby
Mollie Parce
Katie Wenndt
Cassie Willock

Camille Adams
Hope Backstrom
Madison Bennett
Kaylea Bies
Wendy Byrnes
Natalie Chrien
Erika Hagen
Kristina Knutson
Carli Kross
Nicole Laborte
Sophia Lewis
Kendra Phillips
Francis Steelquist

Josh Bozich
Nathan Brown
Sam Chapman
Coleman Cummings
Matthew Fosmire
Dylan Harm
Theo Hofrenning
Nicolas Peterson
Kai Russell

Tyler Dobies
Matthew Gade
Nathan Graham
Michael Greer
Niklas Halladay
Nick Hester
Justin Pennington
Kyle Stocker
Kyle Sturmer
Manuel Tirado

Choir of the West 2013-2014

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 16, in Lagerquist Concert Hall.

All members of the choir must commit to all events on the choir schedule. Please contact Dr. Galante immediately if you cannot make all events.

I look forward to a great year!

Anikka Abbott
Molly Barnes
Lauren Berg
Biffy Binkley
Katie Coddington
Miranda Matson-Jewett
Kaylan Radel
Lauren Searls
Tasha Smith
Katrina Watson

Sarah-lynn Bennett
Clara Eickhoff
Courtney Gould
Annie Herzog
Miya Higashiyama
Chelsea Hills
Marta Neumann
Emily Stenson
Hannah Webber
Sadi Wentz
Megan Zink

Matthew Ambrosecchio
Steven Arends
David Carson
Joseph Delgado
Tommy Flanagan
Alex Gallo
Adam Johnson
Maxfield Marcus
Kyle Mitchell

Alonso Brizuela
Brendan Fitzgerald
Jesus Gomez
Brandon Hell
Kameron Jacobs
Stephen Kraakmo
Eric Olson
Phillip Pia
Michael Plagerman
Aron Roberts

Monday, September 2, 2013

Welcome to the 2013-2014 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 3.

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 Thursday evening. SCHEDULE THE EARLIEST TIME THAT YOU ARE AVAILABLE. We simply cannot hear everyone sing on Sunday and Monday. When possible, do not leave large gaps of time in the schedule.
  2. Complete the online registration form, found here.
Don't forget the optional Audition Prep Class with Sheila Bristow on Wednesday night, September 4. Drop-in coachings are available from 6:30-8:30pm in the Choir Room. Cost is $5 per student.

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

Audition Registration Form