Western Oregon Voices

Western Oregon Voices is an audition-only ensemble which comprises 8-12 voices and a rhythm section. The group performs a wide range of repertoire from the entire spectrum of jazz and contemporary music, including jazz, Latin music, rock, a cappella. Western Oregon Voices performs throughout each term at various venues with a final concert at the end of each term on campus. The ensemble also tours throughout the year with past performances at the Reno Jazz Festival (Reno, Nevada), Taproot Cafe & Lounge (Salem), throughout the Pacific Northwest, State of Oregon, 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!  reddanj@wou.edu | 503-838-8802

Rehearsal Schedule

Tuesday-Thursday 2:00-3:20 pm in Smith Recital Hall (SH 121)

Audition 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 15 minutes long and include: checking your vocal range, a tonal memory exercise to check your ear, both rhythmic and melodic sight reading, and a vocal improvisation over a 12-bar blues. Students typically commit to singing in the ensemble for the full academic year.

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Past and Current Repertoire

Fall 2019: Baroque Samba (Meader); Soul with a Capital “S” (Parker/Marsh); The World for Christmas (Edenroth); So You’re Gone (Carr); Pass Me the Jazz (Edenroth); Mary Did You Know (apb Pentatonix); Baby (McFerrin)

Spring 2019: Prime Time Blues (Edenroth); Bli Blip (Meader); Moondance (Fox); Since You’ve Been Gone (Edenroth & Nilsdotter); It’s Alright with Me (Marsh); A Million Miles (Carr); Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Marsh); Jump, Jive, and Wail (Prima/Ysinitsky); Rays Rock House (Zegree); Pass Me the Jazz (Edenroth)

Winter 2019: It Don’t Mean a Thing (Edenroth); Nature Boy (Weir); Take Me Away (Carr); Moondance (Fox); Hustlin’ for a Gig (Carr); Ray’s Rock House (Zegree); Pass Me the Jazz (Edenroth)

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

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Recorded live in concert 2018-2019

Ray’s Rock House (arr. Zegree)

Moondance (arr. Fox)

Bli Blip (arr. Meader)



Music Department

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