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Vocal Music Festival


November 17 and 18, 2017

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Thank you for your interest in the Western Oregon University Vocal Music Festival! The festival consists of two days of non-competitive festivals, one vocal jazz and one traditional choral. We are so excited to expand our yearly Fall Choral Festival into this exciting new two-day event!  

Friday, November 17, 2017, is the Choral Music Festival. This is the event that was formerly called the Fall High School Choral Festival. This event is open to middle schools and high schools only. The cost for this festival is $5/student in each ensemble. The format includes a 15 minute warm-up, 20 minute performance, and a 20 minute clinic. There will be a piano available in all three rooms. 

Saturday, November 18, 2017, is the Vocal Jazz Festival. This event is open to any level, from middle school to university groups. Since the groups for this festival will be smaller than the traditional groups, there is a flat fee of $150 per group for this festival. The format will be 30 minutes of warm-up, 30 minutes of performance, including sound check, and 30 minute clinic with one of our adjudicators. Please program no more than FOUR songs for a maximum of 30 minutes on stage including sound check. There will be 20 microphones on stage (with area mics available instead, if desired), and there will be a drum set (please supply your own cymbals/sticks), acoustic piano, bass amp and guitar amp. There will be a secure place to leave personal effects during your performance, if needed. 

Please explore the information on our esteemed adjudicators, and use the tabs to either sign up for one or both festivals online, or download pdf documents to fill out and return via e-mail or fax. 

Thank you, again, for your interest! We look forward to seeing you in November!


Friday, November 17, 2017 Choral Music Festival




School Warm-up Performance Clinic

Saturday, November 18, 2017 Vocal Jazz Festival




School Warm-up Smith 108 Transition Performance

Rice Aud.

Transition Clinic

Smith 121

12:20 – 1:25 PM Lunch Break

 -All directors and adjudicators are invited to a catered lunch in the                          Werner University Center, Rogue Room.

-Students may roam free, with chaperones or be escorted by a                               WOU Choir member to desired lunch areas.

1:30 – 1:50 PM Mass Choir Rehearsal



1:50 – 2:30 PM Mass Choir Sectionals




2:30 – 3:30 PM Mass Choir Rehearsal


3:30 – 4:00 PM Performance/Recording

-WOU Chamber Singers Performance

-Mass Choir Performance/Recording



  Dr. Solveig Holmquist

Dr.  Solveig Holmquist is the founder and artistic director of  Festival  Chorale Oregon. Under  her  leadership, the Chorale has developed a reputation for  musical  excellence throughout Western Oregon and in the  international  community. Festival Chorale Oregon has enjoyed performing  tours  through Germany, France, Scandinavia, Austria, Switzerland, the  Czech  Republic and Spain. At home, FCO regularly performs major  choral/ orchestral works for Willamette Valley audiences. 

Dr. Holmquist, Western Oregon University Professor Emerita,  recently retired after 18 years as director of Choral Studies. Her duties included conducting both the Concert choir and Chamber singers,  and teaching conducting at both the undergraduate  and  graduate levels.  She continues to be involved in WOU’s annual musicals. Dr. Holmquist majored in voice and organ at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, singing with the renowned St. Olaf Choir. She holds a Master’s degree in Music Education from Western Oregon University, and a DMA in Music Education and Choral Conducting from the University of Oregon.

  Mia Hall Miller

Founder and Artistic Director Pacific Youth Choir

With more than 30 years of choral education experience, Mia’s dedication and enthusiasm for working with young people is widely recognized. In addition to PYC, Mia is a popular adjudicator and clinician. She has conducted the Oregon Music Educators Association, All-State Elementary Choir, Middle School Girl’s Honor Choir, and Colorado All State Middle School Girls Honor Choir. Mia holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music from the University of Oregon. She studied further in Stuttgart, Germany, while singing with outstanding choral directors Helmuth Rilling and Frieder Bernius. She continues conducting studies in workshops with Dr. Rodney Eichenberger. In 2015 Mia was awarded the Distinguished Alumna from the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance. In 2016 Oregon Symphony Orchestra awarded her the Schnitzer Wonder Award for work in building community for the next generation of musicians. Mia is delighted to have Pacific Youth Choir performing for their 5th ACDA conference this spring.


Wallace Long Headshot

Dr. Wallace Long Jr.

Professor of Music , Director of Choral Activities, Willamette University

Growing up in Tucson, Arizona, I thought I wanted to be a stockbroker. To that end, I entered the University of Arizona as a business/economics major. Boy, did I have a wrong number!

Since I had been involved in music for as long as I could remember (I led singing in church when I was eight years old), I enrolled in Chamber Choir at the U of A. I looked at music as my avocation, never as a career possibility. Then I had the privilege of singing under the direction of John Bloom and my world changed forever. I continued my studies there with David Wilson, Jean Berger and Maurice Skones, and soon Wall Street was forgotten, as I became aware of the beauty, drama, emotion, and sensitivity of great choral music performance. I wanted to perform, and even more, I wanted to conduct. The attraction for taking great literature, interpreting and understanding it, bringing performers into the magic of it with me, and then giving it as a gift to an audience, has never wanted for me. When I discovered the satisfaction of awakening students to the joys of choral music, my life’s work was determined.

I have served as Director of Choral Activities at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, since 1983 and Music Department Chair from 1994- 2001. It has been a great 27 years. In my highly prejudiced opinion, there simply isn’t another profession with the variety of ways to practice your craft, and the remarkable and frequent opportunities to feed your soul. I am so fortunate to look back at recording CD’s in France and performing in Carnegie Hall as a member of the Festival Singers of the great Robert Shaw, conducting the Willamette Singer’s in the Imperial Hotel Ballroom in Tokyo, and singing with Male Ensemble Northwest for my colleagues at the American Choral Director’s National Conference in Washington, D.C. I have conducted the all-state choir in Kansas and Wyoming and have had both my classical choral and vocal jazz groups invited to perform at national conferences in Boston, New Orleans, Chicago, and Indianapolis. My greatest personal satisfaction, however, still comes from seeing my student’s faces, at that exact moment when they understand the meaning of the text and the beauty of the music, and it all comes together for them. There is nothing else quite like it and I wouldn’t trade those moments for anything in the world.

Professor Wallace Long Jr., Director of Choral Activities; B.M., M.M., A. Mus. D., University of Arizona; taught choral music in Tucson, Arizona, before coming to Willamette; performed professionally with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers in France and Carnegie Hall and performs with Male Ensemble Northwest including compact disc recordings and an honorific performance at the American Choral Directors Association’s National Conferences in Washington, D.C. and San Antonio, Texas; past president of the Oregon chapter of American Choral Directors Association; Guest Conductor, Kansas All-State Choir, Wyoming All-State Choir, Fairbanks Festival of the Arts, Northwest American Choral Directors Association Honor Chair.

Darcy Schmitt

Darcy Schmitt, well-known local jazz vocalist, founded and performed with the vocal quartet, Pure Imagination. The group was featured at the Mt. Hood Festival of Jazz, and performed in night clubs, various N.W. festivals, and commercials for ten years.

Ms. Schmitt continues to perform as a soloist – often with her pianist, Brent Gjevre, though sometimes working with various artists including, Jim Fischer, Vancouver USA Singers, Diane Schuur, the Woody Hite Big Band, the Portland Symphonic Choir, the Art Abram’s Swing Machine, and currently as a member of “3 Grands”. She’s toured in Canada, Hawaii, Japan and Korea as the featured vocalist with the Clark College Jazz Band. Ms. Schmitt has recorded with the Art Abrams Swing Machine, and The Clark College Jazz Ensemble.

Ms. Schmitt graduated from the University of Portland with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. She has been teaching for 35 years, including fifteen years at Clark College, four years at Portland State University, and three years at Portland Community College. Currently, Ms. Schmitt is the vocal music director and head of the Performing Arts Department at Battle Ground High School in Battle Ground, Washington, as well as the vocal director for the Prairie/Ground Musical Productions. She is also a voice teacher and vocal coach at Opus School of Music, and Dance Works, and a frequently requested clinician and guest artist at many festivals and high schools.

Online registration


Vocal Jazz Festival



Choral Festival


Map to Campus

WOU’s picturesque campus is located in Monmouth, 20 minutes from the state capital of Salem in the heart of the Willamette Valley. About an hour from Portland, Eugene and the Pacific Coast, Monmouth has a population of approximately 8,000 residents. Willamette Valley Map

Directions to campus

Interstate 5 Northbound:

Take Exit 249 (Commercial Street). Follow Commercial into Salem, and as you near downtown, Commercial will curve to the right and become Liberty Street. Stay on Liberty until you reach Marion Street. Turn left, cross the Marion Street Bridge on to Highway 22, and follow the signs marked “Dallas/Ocean Beaches.” Stay on Highway 22 until you reach Highway 99W. Take exit 16 on the right side of the overpass that puts you on Highway 99W. Go south about six miles to Monmouth. Take a right onto Main Street at the stop light. Follow Main Street west to Monmouth Avenue and turn right.

Alternate Northbound Route:

Take Exit 228 and follow route 34 west towards Corvallis. After crossing the Willamette River into Corvallis, turn right at the second light onto scenic highway 99W. Continue north about 20 miles until you reach Monmouth. Turn left at the first stop light, onto Main Street. Follow Main Street west to Monmouth Avenue and turn right.

Interstate 5 Southbound:

Take Exit 260A (Salem Parkway). Follow the Parkway into Salem. The Parkway will curve to the left and become Commercial Street. Stay on Commercial until you reach Marion Street. Turn right, cross the Marion Street Bridge on to Highway 22, and follow the signs marked “Dallas/Ocean Beaches.” Stay on Highway 22 until you reach Highway 99W. Take exit 16 on the right side on the overpass that puts you on Highway 99W. Go south about six miles to Monmouth. Take a right onto Main Street at the stop light. Follow Main Street west to Monmouth Avenue and turn right.

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Parking information

Buses may drop students off near either Rice Auditorium or Smith Hall in Lot B. Bus and car parking will be available in Lot G on those days.


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Music Department

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