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

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

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

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

Bass
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

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

Altos
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

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

Basses
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

Sopranos
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

Alto
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

Choral Audition Information (New Student)

Welcome to PLU! We hope you’ll find PLU a wonderful place to live and learn, with outstanding faculty, students, and renowned academic programs. Our music program is no exception: we have the reputation for one of the most outstanding programs in the nation, and our rehearsal and performance facilities are some of the finest in the country.
This year, Dr. Brian Galante is on sabbatical, and we are delighted to welcome Lauren Whitham as Visiting Associate Director of Choral Activities. Professor Whitham comes to us after a stellar career of teaching in the public schools, and she has teaching experience at Western Washington University.  Professor Whitham is a native of Tacoma and a PLU grad--we welcome her to our faculty!

Student choral ensembles at PLU include:
  • Choir of the West, a mixed chorus of 40-50 members (primarily juniors and seniors) rehearses Monday thru Thursday, 3:40-5:10 PM. Conducted by Dr. Richard Nance.
  • University Chorale, a mixed chorus of 40-50 members (primarily freshmen and sophomores) also rehearses Monday thru Thursday, 3:40-5:10 PM. Conducted by Professor Lauren Whitham.
  • University Singers, our women’s chorus of 50-60 members from all class ranks, meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 1:45-3:15 PMConducted by Professor Lauren Whitham.
  • University Men's Chorus, 16-24 members from all class ranks, rehearses Tuesday and Thursday, 1:45-3:15 PMConducted by Dr. Richard Nance.
  • The Chapel Choir is comprised of about 30 members and sings regularly for University Chapel. Chapel Choir meets for rehearsal on Tuesday evenings, 6:00-7:30 PMConducted by Dr. Paul Tegels.
All groups, with the exception of the Chapel Choir, require audition. Beginning on Tuesday, September 2, you will be able to sign up for an audition time in the Mary Baker Russell Music Center (signs in the lobby will show you where to go to sign up).  

Auditions will be held on:

Thursday, September 4 (6:00-9:00p)
Friday, September 5 (9:30a-12:30p, 1:00-5:00p)
Sunday, September 6 (2:00-6:00p)
Monday, September 7 (12:30-5:00p)

The auditions will take place in the Mary Baker Russell Music Center, room 306.

We require a six-minute audition, and we try to make it as user-friendly and stress free as possible. The choral faculty (Dr. Nance and Professor Whitham) will hear you sing, along with Dr. James Brown, Chair of Vocal Studies. You will be asked to sing a solo piece—either something you may have worked on with a voice teacher or for solo and ensemble when you were in high school, or a simple hymn or carol. A professional accompanist will be provided, and we will have hymnals for you if you need one. Whatever you choose to sing, please be sure to show us the full range and expression of your voice. After the solo piece, we may vocalize you if we want to hear more of your range, and we will ask you to sing a brief series of tonal memory exercises.
After we have heard everyone, we may ask you to come back to sing a second audition, beginning on Tuesday, September 9. These recall auditions last throughout the first week of classes, and choir lists are posted on this blog Friday, September 12. Rehearsals begin the following week.
As you are aware, we also have an outstanding studio voice faculty. Regardless of your chosen major, you can take private voice lessons. Many students think they don’t have room for choir and voice in their schedule, but it is relatively easy to move classes around at this time of year to make it possible; your advisor can help with this.  You can register for voice lessons in the music office, and if you have any questions about vocal study, please contact Dr. Brown.
Our choirs perform both on and off campus, several times each year. All of our groups record Christmas selections for release on one of our compact discs (our last Christmas CD, A Child is Born, was released in November 2013; our next album is expected in fall 2015). Opportunities for outstanding choral performances are plentiful at PLU!

We hope that you will audition for one of our ensembles. College is one of the great times in your life, and singing in a high-level choir can bring memories that last forever. You’ll meet great people, sing fantastic music in inspired performances, and share in many unforgettable moments. If we can answer any questions for you, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Best wishes for a great year at PLU, and we look forward to seeing you in Choral Auditions!
All best,

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