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'Bye, bye Bernie': Kuehn retires as conductor of Oregon Chorale

COURTESY PHOTO: DON WHITE - Bernie Kuehn conducts the Washington County-based Oregon Chorale a final time.Longtime Oregon Chorale conductor Bernie Kuehn was in fine form Sunday afternoon, June 7, during a special "Bye, Bye Bernie" concert in McCready Hall in the Taylor Meade Performing Arts Center at Pacific University, where he has directed various ensembles since 2009.

Besides singing a solo and directing the Hillsboro-based Chorale, two composers — Randal Spitzer and James A. Howland — wrote a song just for Keuhn called "Evening." COURTESY PHOTO: DON WHITE - A concert Sunday afternoon, June 7, at Pacific University in Forest Grove showcased the talents of longtime Oregon Chorale director Bernie Kuehn (right).

Kuehn is retiring after 40 years of directing in the Gaston School District, at Hillsboro High School, Century High School and the Oregon Chorale. As a tribute to Kuehn, the Chorale is raising money for a scholarship for students graduating from high school with plans to major in chorale directing.COURTESY PHOTO: DON WHITE - Composers Randal Spitzer and James A. Howland wrote a special song for retiring Oregon Chorale conductor Bernie Kuehn (center), which was performed June 7 during a 'Bye, bye Bernie' concert in Forest Grove.

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