Spring Choral Concerts Willamette University

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The Willamette University Choral Department will present its Vocal Jazz Invitational on April 22, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Auditorium, and its Spring Choir Concert on April 24, 2016 at 7 p.m. in Hudson Hall, featuring Male Ensemble Willamette, Voce Femminile and the Willamette Chamber Choir.

Concert #1: Vocal Jazz Invitational

The Willamette Singers will host Sprague HS, directed by David Brown, South Salem HS, directed by Will McLean and West Salem HS, directed by Kimberly McConnell for a full day of clinics and an evening concert with special guest vocalist Darcy Schmitt, director of choirs from Battleground HS in Vancouver, WA. Darcy Schmitt has been teaching choir for 34 years, including 15 years at Clark College, 4 years at Portland State University, 3 years at Portland Community College and 20 years in her current job as vocal music director and head of the Performing Arts Department at Battle Ground High School in Battle Ground, Washington. She teaches 5 choirs including the award-winning Chamber Choir and Vocal Jazz Ensemble. She is also the vocal director for the Prairie/Ground Musical Productions and a voice teacher and vocal coach at Opus School of Music in Ridgefield.

Ms. Schmitt is also a well-known local jazz vocalist. Performing with the vocal quartet, Pure Imagination for 10 years, the group was featured at the Mt. Hood Festival of Jazz, and performed in nightclubs, various N.W. festivals, and commercials. She continues to perform as a soloist - often with her pianist, Brent Gjevre. Ms. Schmitt has worked with various artists including, Jim Fischer, Diane Schuur, the Woody Hite Big Band, the Portland Symphonic Choir, the Art Abram's Swing Machine, and currently as a member of “3 Grands”. She has recorded with the Art Abrams Swing Machine, and the Clark College Jazz Ensemble.

Admission to the Vocal Jazz Invitational is a suggested donation of $5 for adults and $2 for students, at the door. No advance ticket is required.

Concert #2: Spring Choir Concert

The second choir concert of year is our Spring Choir Concert. The Willamette Chamber Choir will present a program including the seldom-heard “A Jubilant Song” by American composer Norman Dello Joio, and “Desh” a piece composed on an Indian Raga by Ethan Sperry. Come see our wonderful choral concerts in their final concerts for the school year.

Admission to the Spring Choir Concert is free for all ages, but donations are gladly accepted.

For further information contact the Willamette University Music Department at 503-370-6255 or email: music-info@willamette.edu