The Western Oregon University Chamber Singers is an auditioned ensemble of 20-24 singers that performs challenging choral works from a wide range of historical periods, cultures, and genres. The ensemble frequently tours throughout Oregon, the Pacific Northwest, New York (Carnegie Hall) and overseas!
Director: Dr. James Reddan
Contact Dr. Reddan! firstname.lastname@example.org | 503-838-8802
Office: Smith Hall, Room 124
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00-12:50 in Smith Recital Hall (SH 121)
Audition and Placement Policy
Auditions for this ensemble typically take place during New Student Week and the day before classes begin each fall. Auditions are open to all students regardless of major, minor, or class year. You are not required to prepare anything for the audition (though you may want to warm-up first). Auditions are typically about 15 minutes long and include checking your vocal range, a tonal memory exercise to check your ear, and both rhythmic and melodic sight reading. Students typically commit to singing in the ensemble for the full academic year.
Past and Current Repertoire
Fall 2018: O Magnum Mysterium (Victoria); Babethandza (arr. Hughes); Hard Times (Foster/arr. Keller); Ai, nama mamina (from Three Latvian Carols, Andres Jansons); Thou Whose Harmony is the Music of the Spheres (Chatman); Deck the Halls in 7/8 (arr. McKelvy); Silent Night (Gruber/arr. Gregorio with WOU Concert Choir)
2017-2018: Let Their Celestial Concerts All Unite (from Samson Act III, G. F. Handel); Creator Alme Siderum (Burchard); The Moon is Distant from the Sea (Childs); Mars in a Fury (Weelkes); Stars (Esenvalds); True Light (Hampton); O Lux Beatissima (Helvey); Tango to Evora (McKennitt/arr. Washburn); I Hear the Siren’s Call (Yi); Blow Ye the Trumpet (Mechem)
2016-2017: Frostiana including The Road Not Taken, The Pasture, Come In, The Telephone, A Girl’s Garden, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Choose Something Like a Star (Thompson); I Never Saw a Discontented Tree (Helppie); Take Me to the Water (Dillworth); Walk in Jerusalem (Dillworth); Freedom’s Plow (Dillworth); I Sing Because I’m Happy (Dillworth); Softly and Tenderly (Richert); Hymn of Jean Racine (Faure); Four Phrases from Psalm 91 (Bukvich); Missa Cubana (Bukvich); Caroling, Caroling (Burt); Angels We Have Heard on High (Traditional); Away in a Manger (Willcocks); Carol of the Bells (Wilhousky); Wassail Song (Parker/Shaw)
Listen to the WOU Chamber Singers!