Western Oregon Voices

Western Voices is an audition-only ensemble which comprises 10-14 voices and a rhythm section. The group performs a wide range of repertoire from the entire spectrum of American vernacular music, including jazz, pop, rock, and Latin music, with each concert having a central theme of an artist, band or specific style of music. WV performs at various gigs across the region and in concert every term with festivals and tours throughout the year.

Director: Dr. James Reddan

Contact Dr. Reddan! reddanj@wou.edu | 503-838-8802

Learn more about Dr. Reddan here!

Office: Smith Hall, Room 124


Rehearsal Schedule

Tuesday & Thursday, 2:00-3:20 pm 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. You may also be asked to do an simple vocal improvisation over a 12-bar blues pattern. Students typically commit to singing in the ensemble for the full academic year.

Past & Current Repertoire

Fall 2018: Java Junkie (Ginny Carr); A Million Miles (Ginny Carr); Pass Me the Jazz (Edenroth); Lemon Drop (arr. Kirk Marcy); Smack Dab in the Middle (Meader); Carol of the Bells (Pentatonix)

2016-2017: Snow Samba (arr. Darmon Meader); Way of the World (arr. Meader, Fox, Sadin); Stoned Soul Picnic (arr. Eldridge, Meader); As We Live and Breathe (arr. Kinhan, Eldridge, Meader); I Want You Back (arr. Kerry Marsh); Stella by Starlight (arr. Kerry Marsh); Moondance (arr. Binek); Brand New Day (Dicken & Harrison); You Make My Dreams Come True (Dicken); You Are My Sunshine (arr. Puerling); Weightless (arr. Dicken); The Garden (McFerrin); When She Loved Me (arr. Sheridan); You Haven’t Done Nothin’ (arr. Whipple)

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Music Department

503-838-8275 | or e-mail: music@wou.edu | Location: Smith Hall