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