Windjammers bound for NYC
Fundraising continues to defray travel costs for choir to perform at Carnegie Hall
Lake Oswego High School's elite show choir, the Windjammers, has been selected to participate in a choral festival at New York City's Carnegie Hall in March.
The group will rehearse for three days and then perform in a culminating concert accompanied by orchestra under the direction of Dr. Anton Armstrong, conductor of the St. Olaf Choir and the Youth Choral Academy of the Oregon Bach Festival.
'I have worked with Dr. Armstrong before - very closely, in fact,' said Cole Blume, LOHS choral director. 'I first met Anton when I was a singer in the Oregon Bach Festival's summer program for high school choral singers, the Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy. From there, I followed him to St. Olaf College (Northfield, Minn.) where I sang in the St. Olaf Choir under his direction and received my bachelor's degree in music education. Currently I serve as Dr. Armstrong's assistant in Eugene each summer, again with the Oregon Bach Festival.'
Blume said Armstrong was his closest mentor and that much of his concept for choral music developed under Armstrong's tutelage.
'His teaching philosophy - 'body, mind, spirit, voice: it takes the whole person to sing and rejoice!' - had everything to do with my growth as a young man, too.'
The festival is organized by Manhattan Concert Productions. Blume applied for the Carnegie festival this past fall, submitting a recording of 'Sleep' by Eric Whitacre, which was recorded last spring. Citing 'excellent attention to intonation, dynamic variety and musical phrasing that was mindful of text declaration,' the choir was invited to participate in the Octavo Series performances March 9 through 12, 2012.
'Taking the Windjammers to New York to sing with Dr. Armstrong represents a moment for the group to 'make its entrance.'' said Blume in an email message. 'The Windjammers have developed into a unique ensemble that, while continuing to honor traditions like the annual variety show, also performs high-quality choral chamber music in concert settings. The trip to New York in March will help us further develop that skill.'
The trip will cost $1,500 per student. Fundraising efforts have included singing at holiday events, collecting donations and soliciting advertising space on the poster for the February variety show.
Sponsorships and donations are greatly appreciated.
The Windjammers will hold a fundraising half-day camp Jan. 16 for kindergarten through eighth grade students to learn music and choreography to a piece to be performed in the February variety show. Proceeds from the camp will go toward the travel fund.
Join Windjammer's glee club for January workshop
Students in kindergarten through eighth grade who like to sing and dance are encouraged to join the Windjammers glee club for a workshop on Jan. 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants should bring lunch.
Participants in this fundraising workshop will learn a number and perform in the Windjammers' variety show opening night Feb. 23. Cost is $40 which includes a t-shirt to be worn during the performance.
Families are encouraged to watch the performance and will need to buy tickets to the performance. Tickets to the variety show are available through the school office.