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 (2020 Amsterdam, Antwerp, and Ghent for the 11th World Choir Games)! Click here for 2020 tour information.
Director: Dr. James Reddan
Contact Dr. Reddan! email@example.com | 503-838-8802
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 allstudents 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 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 2019: Sicut Cervus (Palestrina); O Mistress Mine (Orban); In Dulci Jubilo (Culloton); Good Night Dear Heart (Forrest); Ain’t that a Rockin’ (Gibbs); Wanting Memories (Barnwell); Gloria (Trotta); Shalom Chaverim (Traditional); Silent Night (arr. Gregorio)
Spring 2019: Shenandoah (Erb); Warm is das Licht gegeben, Op. 74, no. 1, mvt. 1 (Brahms); Yonder Come Day (Rudoi); The Eyes of All Wait Upon Thee (Berger); Blogodop (Guillaume); Phatasie für Pianoforte, Chor und Orchester (“Choral Fantasy), Op. 80 (Beethoven)
Winter 2019: I Can Tell the World (Hogan); Dulaman (McGlynn); Borgorditse Djevo (Pärt); Quand j’ay ouy le tabourin (No. 2 from Trois Chansons de Charles d’Orleans/Debbusy); Abendlied, Op. 69, no. 3 (Rheinberger); Wangol (Kallman); Only in Sleep (Ešenvalds)
Fall 2018: O Magnum Mysterium (Victoria); Deck the Halls in 7/8 (McKelvy); Ai, nama mamina (from Three Latvian Carols/Jansons); Hard Times Come Again No More (Keller); Thou Whose Harmony is the Music of the Spheres (Chatman); Babethandaza (Hughes); Shalom Chaverim (Traditional); Silent Night (arr. Gregorio)
Listen to the WOU Chamber Singers!
Recorded live 2018-2019
The Eyes of All Wait Upon Thee (Jean Berger)
Only in Sleep (Ešenvalds)
Recorded June 2016 in Smith Recital Hall