Wednesday, October 1, 2014

2015 PLU Choral Invitational

The 2015 PLU Choral Invitational will take place on Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6. 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, 2015. 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: Richard Nance
Department of Music
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA  98447


We look forward to seeing you at the 2015 Invitational!

Richard Nance, Director of Choral Activities
Pacific Lutheran University

Friday, September 12, 2014

Chorale 2014-2015

Congratulations to the following members of the 2014-2015 Chorale!

Our first rehearsal will be Monday, September 15, 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!
Professor Whitham

Halley Barnett
Katie Beck
Jordan Berg
Sonja Carlson
Katie Darling
Kaitlynn Mann
Kristin McCarthy
Rebekah Oglesby
Claire Pahlmeyer
Cassandra Willock

Lydia Bill
Kristina Knutson
Jessi Marlow
Kaylea Merrill
Kiana Norman
Hannah Rausch
Rizelle Rosales
Annalise Sansburn
Carly Stauffer
Alexandra Steves
Renee Tapia

Andrew Corse
Jake Elliott
Matthew Fosmire
Levi Hawkes
Theo Hoffrening
Raj Kumar
Sean Murphy
Nicolas Roycroft

John Doster
Brent Lalonde
Peter Olschner
Max McClenahan
Justin Pennington
David Ries
Jacob Sylvanus
Manuel Tirado
Elliott Turner
Aaron Weed
Trevor Whitney

Choir of the West 2014-2015

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 15, in Lagerquist Concert Hall.  Please bring a black folder and pencil to rehearsal.

I look forward to a great year!
Dr. Nance

Anikka Abbott
Ally Atwood
Molly Barnes
Tess Benson
Elizabeth Binkley
Katie Coddington
Sarah Hubert
Molly Parce
Lauren Searls
Tasha Smith
Katrina Watson

Sarah-lynn Bennett
Wendy Byrnes
Erika Hagen
Annie Herzog
Miya Higashiyama
Sascha Julian
Carli Kross
Sophia Lewis
Emily Stenson
Hannah Webber
Sadie Wentz
Megan Zink

Steven Arends
Nathan Brown
Sam Chapman
David Carson
Joseph Delgado
Alex Gallo
Chris Glessman
Dylan Harm
Maxfield Marcus
Kyle Mitchell
Nick Stevens

Madison Barger
Joshua Bozich
Tyler Dobies
Jesus Gomez
Michael Greer
Brandon Hell
Nicholas Hester
Michael Plagerman
Aron Roberts
Dalton Rouse
Kyle Stocker
Kyle Sturmer
Tevita Tupou

University Singers 2014-2015

Congratulations to the following members of the 2014-2015 University Singers!

Our first rehearsal will be Monday, September 15, 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 you to complete at that time; the Music Office will then complete the registration process.

I look forward to working with you this year!
Professor Whitham

Amy Arand
Mollie Barnes
Helene Beck
Kristin Bender
Valkyrie Benson
Elissa Brown
Melody Coleman
Kate Durost
Meghan Gould
Athena Gordon
Haley Hurtt
Arynn Jensen
Michelle McGrath
Teryn Reche
Molly Russell
Ashley Santibanez
Breanna Wiersma

Mariha Casas
Hailey Castagnozzi
Sarah Crum
Sydney Davies
Alexandra Dreher
Rachel Friedland
Jordan Hamilton
Elizabeth Hamre
Grace Hancock
Danielle Heins
Tora Hedges
Kari Khilfeh
Kristina Knutson
Rachel Kyllo
Kari Lysne
Sophia Mahr
Jennifer Matson
Nicole Schaffer
Morgan Sidles
Stephanie Van Bramer
Amy Van Cleave
Jamie Welch
Katelin Wilson
Sarah Winterstein
Ariel Wood

Monday, September 1, 2014

Welcome to the 2014-2015 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 2.

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!

Dr. Richard Nance, Director of Choral Activities
Professor Lauren Whitham, Associate Director of Choral Activities